Burger Hunt: Fork in the Road – Arlington, TX, February 2014
Let me start by saying, I love local, unique and sometimes hard to find places that have great food. With that said, have I got a place for you! Burgers may be on the menu, however this place is a gem in the heart of Arlington that has an assortment of flavorful fare that will appeal to just about anyone looking for a great place to eat. While the restaurant suggests that there is a choice to be made on the street it lays on, the proverbial “fork” is all about the decisions you have to make on the menu. Hello Fork in the Road!
Chef Josh Hopkins describes his restaurant as “Freestyle off the hip food from specialty sandwiches to hand formed Burgers and salads with a twist.” I couldn’t agree more. Before we get to the food, I do have to say a couple of things. One, expect to wait if you’re there during a rush, as the restaurant only has about 12-13 tables. I like the quaintness, but I’d question how long I’d wait if I didn’t live just a few blocks away.
Second, they have a very eclectic choice of beverages that if you aren’t specific in what you ask for; you may end up with something you don’t like. My example is that I asked for a Diet Coke and was given the option for Coke Zero. The semantics here are in question, and while I don’t think I was unclear about what I wanted, I got a Stevia sweetened cola from a brand I wasn’t familiar with in a bottle that about made me want to gag. This isn’t about the cola, and I’ll get tea or water next time, however I thought it was worth mentioning. Funny thing is that I saw Diet Coke sitting in the back and left wondering why that wasn’t offered.
So, what’s the deal with the food?
The Hedberg sandwich (Ham, Turkey & Bacon on Sourdough) and a build my own burger (Sharp Cheddar & Bacon) with fries was what we chose for lunch. All of the reviews I’ve read prior to going suggested that I needed to try the house favorite “Crackeroni” which is a 3 cheese truffle blended mac n’ cheese, but I’ll save that for next time. The food is all fresh, locally grown and the meat used for the burgers was some of the best I’ve tasted.
The sandwich was simplistic but very tasty and I’ll leave it that, however the burger was the star of the show. Roughly a 1/2 patty, flattop grilled, full of flavor served on a ciabatta bun. The veggies were crisp and complimented the juices that combined from the meat. I opted to get a roasted jalapeno on the burger as well, and while it was tasty it was hot, as it was basically a whole jalapeno grilled and sliced whole, so be careful if you can’t handle the heat. The fries that came with the meal were just enough to satisfy the palette, and I’m pretty sure are double blanched so they retain the crispiness and soft interior that makes an awesome fry.
We finished feeling very satisfied and will definitely make a trip back for something different, but no matter what you pick, I’m sure you’ll enjoy not only the vibe of the place, but the food as well.
We were offered a slice of their red velvet chocolate fudge pie, but I think that might be a bit much and will require a dessert only run if we ever have a hankerin’ for something sweet.
Overall, I think this a great burger, and I think that there are a few burger joints in the area that should be on the look out for a changing of the guard. You won’t be disappointed with whatever you get, but the burger is up there with one of the best I’ve had in a while. Enjoy!