We started with a bottle of the 2013 Vigne di San Martino, Gavi, Cortese (Piedmont, Italy). This was a light, easy-drinking white that was a nice start to the meal. For the beer lover, there is an extensive beer menu which features beers from Texas, other parts of the nation and world, including large format beers and ciders. We all decided to focus on entrées, but the menu has a good selection of appetizers and shared starters. I ordered the Scallop Tacos with street corn remoulade, cabbage and avocado in corn tortillas from the gluten-free menu. The scallops were well prepared and I loved the extra bit of sweetness from the corn and the crunch from the cabbage. One friend had the Gulf Lump Crab Cake with street corn remoulade, sriracha mayo and cilantro, also from the gluten-free menu. She enjoyed the flavor of the crab and the kick from the sriracha mayo. Two friends decided to split the Short Rib Mac & Cheese with apple, chive and cheddar. I didn't taste this dish, but they assured me it was a winner. Other entrée choices included Free Range Grilled Chicken Sandwich with apple, frisée, brie, bacon, pepper jam on a gouda bun with fries, Wild Caught Snapper Tacos with apple slaw, cilantro lime remoulade in corn tortillas and Niman Ranch Beef Burger, cheddar, romaine, tomato, house pickle on a gouda bun with fries. All won rave reviews.
For dessert we split a couple of items. The dessert special was I believe a flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream, a chocolate cookie and chocolate sauce. Very rich and decadent; perfect for the chocolate lover. The big hit of the table was the Brie Pistachio Ice Cream with berries and rosemary. We marveled at the creaminess and smoothness of the ice cream and the wonderful combination of brie, pistachio, rosemary and berries. Truly an outstanding flavor that everyone adored. I will be sure to order that item again upon my return. Our server was very patient and kind, helping us with wine selection, answering a myriad of questions about menu items, and adding a joyous air to our celebration. Fork & Vine offers happy hour 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, plus 1/2 off bottles of bubbles on Tuesday, 25% off all bottles of wine on Wednesday, and Sunday brunch. There is even a wine tasting room with 250 labels of wine. This North Austin eatery has something for everyone.
Please note: Fork & Vine has closed since the publication of this post.