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Nov 13, 2011 08:23 AM

Fork In The Road Location in Lansing?

I just saw an alt newspaper review of a new location for Fork in the Road restaurant or diner in Lansing. Anyone tried it? I loved Villegas' PBS show and recipes when he was on a few years ago.

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  1. Have not eaten there yet, but the restaurant is not related to Villegas. As you know from reading the recent review in City Pulse, the restaurant is owned and operated by the Trailer Park'd food truck guys. I organize a monthly group dinner, and we may try it in December. This month, we are going to Gumbo and Jazz in East Lansing.

    Gumbo and Jazz
    1133 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

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    1. re: GaryatMSU

      Not a Lansing person - just passing through - wasn't aware of the ownership. Did they buy the name from the former Villegas restaurant?

      1. re: HillsofBeverly

        Eric Villegas' restaurant was not called Fork in The Road. It was Villa Villegas or something of that nature. It closed in 2008 and as far as I know the show on PBS doesn't exist anymore either?

        The Fork In The Road Diner, as noted by GaryatMSU, was opened by the Trailer Park'd boys and although we have not been in the area to try it we definitely will. The food that came out of their trailer was top notch, I assume the diner will be at least as good. Can't wait to give it a try!

        1. re: Jack Freeman

          The restaurant I remember him being affiliated with was Dusty's Wine Bar.

          1. re: momskitchen

            Eric Villegas was originally at Dusty's Cellar/Wine Bar. I believe he had a part ownership interest. He left there long ago to open his own place, Villegas, just up the road. As Jack noted that place closed down a few years ago. To the best of my knowledge Eric is no longer in the Lansing area.

    2. Fork in the Road is top flight, right out of the drawer. Have eaten there three times in its first 10 days, and it is superb. The team has created a solid menu - think upscale, creative diner, complete with smoker. No one around here is doing food like this. An immediate notch-up to Lansing's new cuisine scene. Jesse and Benny have arrived on wheels; but their food soars.

      1. I went here on a recent visit. If ever I return to Lansing, I'd make a beeline for their excellent thick cut bacon and delicious (and gigantic) biscuits. Also great was a brisket omelette.

        We were less enthusiastic about the bananas foster french toast. French toast itself was okay but the small quantity of bananas didn't have any indication of having been caramelized. The chorizo scramble was also dry, and had neither much flavor or heat.

        One odd thing was that they didn't have ketchup for a member of our group that got the more straighforward American breakfast. They didn't give an explanation and instead offered us caramelized onions or Tapatio. I guess I've encountered places that thought they were too "artisanal" to supply ketchup before, but it's kind of ridiculous they'd not have ketchup but offer a hot sauce brand so prevalent they're used to flavor Doritos.