Written by Susanne Quirk
We went to III Forks Saturday night. It’s the new steakhouse in the Midtown section on PGA Boulevard. Joe knows that I am a huge steak eater. (I grew up on steak and potatoes and as my hubby and close friends have found, I consistently order the same thing no matter where we eat – filet mignon and I’d like it Oscar’d please!) So, he thought it would be only fitting to treat me to a steak since it was our anniversary…what a great guy.
The restaurant is tucked in with a few other businesses now open in the new Midtown district. Valet parking is provided. The restaurant is your typical old style steakhouse – dark mahogany paneling, low lights and the staff is dressed in black and white.
Upon entering the restaurant, you get a view of the walk-in wine cellar which is both big and impressive. Our table was not ready so we squeezed our way through the crowd to get to the bar for a drink. The bar area was very spacious with plenty of bar tables for casual dining. There is also a piano for live entertainment.
On the positive side, the restaurant is beautiful and is drawing a large crowd. The menu is not completely a la carte. Your entree comes with a vegetable and potatoes. Salad is extra. Included with the entree are fresh tomatoes and spring onions and presented to you on a platter.
We tried to take into consideration that the establishment is new and the staff is still learning. However, by the end of the evening, we could clearly see that the customer service needed some work. The hostess handed us the menu before we were seated. It took some time for the waiter to greet us. He didn’t seem to be receptive to our polite, but constructive criticism when we noted that the lobster bisque was cold and as Joe put it, “coagulated.” There was a long wait between courses but the waiter was quick to get back to the table to see the size of the tip that Joe left.
For the price, I would expect the experience to be a little more memorable in terms of entree, dessert and service. It wasn’t outstanding but it was good. I wouldn’t be opposed to trying it again if friends or family were interested in eating there.
We make it a point to “rank order” the various Steak House’s in the area and I think we will “pencil in” our ranking of III Forks only because of the “newness” of the restaurant but rest assured, they did not knock off our number one spot.
I promised Joe that I would not disclose the name of our best steak house just yet.
Tell us your favorite Steak House. We would love to try it.