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Big Fork in Chadds Ford

bluehensfan Sep 8, 2006 02:07 PM

This place apparently just opened recently and I was wondering if anyone has been there yet? According to the website the chef is an alum of Le Bec Fin, Gilmore's, Jake's, and Novelty.

http://www.olderidgevillage.com/bigfo...

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    sceb17 Sep 8, 2006 08:33 PM

    No -I hadn't even heard about. Thanks for posting the website. I may have to go check it out.

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      Kathi Jan 27, 2007 02:43 PM

      I went in today to get a menu.........looks great!
      www.bigforkrestaurant.com

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        jennw36 Jan 29, 2007 03:57 PM

        My husband and I went for New Years. We were reluctant to try a new place on a holiday such as this but we were late making plans. I must say that we were very happy with our decision. The food was excellent and the service even better, they anticipated our every need without being intrusive. The meal was 5 courses, all the size of a normal course. Needless to say we had leftovers for days. The scallops app and salmon entree we had were excellent. We also had a duck and fillet entree with a chocolate soufflé for dessert. Amazing experience!

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          ItaliaMare Feb 1, 2007 07:47 PM

          I ate there more than a few times when it was the 'Brass Ladle'. A couple years ago, I retuned after moving to Maryland and found the 'New Orleans Cafe' had moved in. It's my understanding that place didn't last long, though. Now 'Big Fork' is in place and I hope they're there to stay. I've only dined there once and can't wait to go back. The food was great and the service was absolutely perfect. I found their salmon to be cooked "just right" which is rare. Next time I'll save room for the yummy-sounding desserts!

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            agentoffortune Oct 16, 2007 06:11 AM

            I ate at this location countless times for nearly a decade when it was in its previous incarnation as the Brass Ladle. A couple years ago, we went to stop in for lunch and found it had closed and a new restaurant was opening in its place-- the New Orleans Cafe. We never got a chance to eat there... Before we knew it, the place closed down.

            Unfortunately, I recently had a bad experience with the place that took over; Big Fork. I had dinner there a couple weeks ago. I had crab cakes and my wife had a breaded chicken dish. (I forget what it was called) We were disappointed to see that both of our dishes arrived over-done, almost to the point of being burned. I actually like a little crusty texture on the outside of my crab cakes, but when they're so dark brown that there's a lingering "burnt taste", that's a bit too much. Similarly, my wife said her chicken's coating was hard and had a burnt flavor.

            I understand mistakes happen and no one likes to throw away food, but in my opinion, professionals should know better and food that over-cooked should never have left the kitchen. I should have said something, but I didn't. We skipped having dessert and hit Brewsters right down the street for some palate-cleansing milkshakes. Sad to say, the ice cream was the culinary highlight of the evening.

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              flavorisfresh2 Jan 27, 2009 12:02 AM

              Ate there a few weeks ago. Whats all the fuss? There was one overworked waiter for the whole room. No one met us at the door for close to 5 minutes. The steak I got medium well was extremly well done (I know it happens), but did I really have to wait 20 minutes for it to be fixed? With another burned steak? Overall a pretty shabby experience. My dinner companions all agreed. My wife and I will not travel to Bigfork again! Unless its on a plane!

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                Rondo Jan 27, 2009 12:24 PM

                Thanks for the input. I had eaten there twice a couple of years ago and it was good, but then my wife went there for lunch a while back and it was awful so we've avoided it ever since. We were wondering if it was even still open.

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                  Jim233 Feb 4, 2009 06:49 PM

                  I have to disagree flavorisfesh. I've been eating here once a month for the last year or so
                  and I always get the steak, never once was it not cooked to my specs Mid rare. Did you get the flat iron or strip steak? I love the Mac and cheese!! I always check this site out for new places but never wrote a review or for that matter signed up until now because that is how much I enjoy going to Big Fork! You must of really hated it if your up at 4am writing your review.

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