Stick a Fork in it
Naturally, I tried to convince myself of a way to write a review about Fork in the Market that portrayed it in a way that I liked it but alas, I just can’t do it. I’ve visited a couple times over the past two weeks and the first word that comes to mind is “mediocre.”
Fork in the Market has a spot in the City Market Building and it’s one of three Fork restaurants in the area - the other two being Fork in the Alley and Fork in the City. Having been to the other two restaurants on numerous occasions, I figured the newest location in the Market Building would be just as good as the other two. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
In short, it was pathetic. I think all they did was take a cheese pizza that had already been cooked, smear some ricotta cheese on top and then put some slices of ham and chunks of pineapple on it and throw it in the oven for a couple minutes. This doesn’t do anything other than warm the ingredients up. There was no texture to any of it and I was very disappointed.
I’m okay with pizzas being made ahead of time and then re-heated in the oven when ordered - many great pizza restaurants do this. But at least make the pizza with the ingredients when you’re cooking it the first time. Using a cheese pizza and then just throwing toppings on it afterwards is lazy and embarrassing.
Maybe using a smaller bun and being more generous with the toppings would help the flavor. Actually, the fried green beans were the highlight of both my meals at Fork in the Market. I’d recommend these as an alternative to french fries and getting a side of ranch dressing to go with them.
I tried to like Fork in the Market. I really did. But after two disappointing meals, I won’t be returning. I’ll stick to Fork in the Alley instead.
Fork in the Market
32 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
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