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Restaurants, Gastropubs Lincoln Square
5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Photograph: Lindsay Gallup Fork

Basic brunch-and-burger joints are woven so tightly along the central stretch of Lincoln Square that you could trip over a stroller and land in a beef patty–Bloody Mary combo. So how was Fiddlehead Café—which opened in 2005 with an emphasis on wine—to stand out? Owner David Byers found his answer by upping his focus on beer, amassing a bigger beverage program than everyone on the block combined, and reopening in February under the new name of Fork.

A better name might have been Glass: With nearly 200 beers and about 300 wines, Fork’s epic booze book loudly calls out “shotgun” while relegating the food menu to riding bitch. Novices and geeks alike can run through the drafts, sampling a little here and there as flights or half-pours; ditto for the well-rounded wine lineup. Sampling through Belgian quadrupels, German bocks and Midwestern IPAs could take you from 0 to 60 in a matter of minutes, so it’s convenient to have food like a solid burger around (not to mention the garlicky, greasy fries that double as hangover prevention, in case you don’t make it to Big Star for that michelada nightcap). Still, despite a lengthy menu, the food will do little to make Fork a destination. Which is why you’re better off treating it as a low-key stop for a few sessions of Beer Styles 101 instead.

By Heather Shouse


Venue name: Fork
Address: 4600 N Lincoln Ave
Cross street: at Wilson Ave
Opening hours: Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Sat, Sun), dinner (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Brown to Western. Bus: 11, 49.
Price: Average main course: $16
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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This place was jammed on a Sunday for brunch. We had to wait 10 minutes past our reservation time, but we weren't in a rush or anything--plus it was thankfully a nice February day to stand outside and wait. My entire dining party loved their food. I got the fried chicken and waffles--excellent. It comes with bacon. I thought it was supposed to come with pecans or something, but I didn't notice any, haha. That being said, it was still excellent. My mom liked the Farmhouse Burger a lot and my husband loved the grilled cheese and tomato soup for dipping. A fun neighborhood place to go for brunch, and dinner too, I'm sure. 

I walked in here after an event at Sulzer Library. They were very nice to me and I sat at the bar. They have an extensive craft beer and wine menu. Anthony was at the bar and helped me pick out a cocktail called "Forking Around" which was delicious. I had the chicken burger with salad as the side which I thoroughly enjoyed. Anthony was so attentive and willing to answer my questions. I really appreciate the great food and service.

I always have a good meal at Fork. I love that it's versatile - you can come for a nice evening meal and chill over wine flights, or come in for a casual and delicious brunch. One of my favorite restaurants in Lincoln Square.