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Fork and Spoon Cafe

Update 12/24/08: Fork and Spoon Cafe has closed.

In a word: Uses its noodle.

The specs: #0227
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; Veggie Variant review at Dane101; reviews at Yelp, WiSJ, Isthmus, Cap Times, Ruppert Food Blog, Mad Hungry; official web site; RP's Pasta web site.

JM ate the mac & cheese with a root beer.
Nichole ate the spaghetti & meatballs with an apple Izze.
The bill was $17, or $8.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Fork & Spoon Cafe a B+; Nichole gave Fork & Spoon Cafe an A- (see our grading rubric).

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Fork and Spoon Cafe

When we first walked into Fork and Spoon Cafe, it made a strong impression as a warm, casual spot. Once we passed the front retail area, the dining room's mellow orange and green color scheme welcomed us, and complimented fresh cut flowers on each table.

Spoon and fork

The staff was quite friendly and attentive as well, greeting each party as they trickled in. It was quiet on this Friday night; we were one of just three couples there, so it was easy to find a table. The tables were interesting in themselves - they seemed to be handmade from floor tiles and trim. We ordered at the counter and dinner arrived not long after.


The spaghetti and meatballs featured two excellent meatballs, yummy sauce with an edge to it, and, of course, fine noodles. The noodles really grabbed on to the sauce. Nichole used a couple spoons' worth of fresh parmesan from the dish on the table, she really enjoyed this comfort-food classic.

Mac and cheese

JM found the mac and cheese quite good, though it got a little boring by the end. It lacked the varying ratio of cheese to noodle that makes mac and cheese interesting. The crumbs on top helped with this, and were a great touch. The foccacia that accompanied our meals was tasty, though it could have been a bit more supple.

We hear Fork and Spoon Cafe is also a great spot for a leisurely weekend lunch, but we'd wager it's a treat at any time.


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Snowy night, following a busy day of Christmas shopping. The lady ordered the Da Vinci, with artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella and a tomato cream sauce over bucatini. I "stole" her first idea, choosing the bolognese before she had the chance.

Both dishes were great on their own, but were amplified by (frankly) heapin' helpins of parmesan. We were both very pleased with the focaccia (Kristine will tell you that she's normally not a fan of focaccia), and the Furthermore beers were, we thought, well-paired (Three Feet Deep for her, Knot Stock for me).

PLUS, there was that plate of chocolate cannoli. Ohhhhhh, mamma.

The perfect meal at the perfect place (with awesome service, btw) at the right time. A+, for reals.

fork and spoon cafe closed now :(

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