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June 30, 2010 by wcobserver

By Susan McCarthy

Within just the first three weeks of beginning our caloric rampage to eat our way through South Washington County, we’re noticing a trend.  The portions down this way are HUGE and we always leave full.

This week was no exception as we officially lunched at the West Fork Café.  We say, officially, because our office is located across the street and over the past several months, we have eaten our way through most of the menu.  The café has been a West Fork steady since the mid 1960’s and is now owned by Gary and Rebecca Looney, who bought it in 1999.

Our WCO crew sampled chicken fried steak, Chile Rellenos, a turkey sub, a turkey club and the seasoned fries.  I’ll admit we were a little slow in discovering the seasoned fries; we just learned of them this month and they’ve quickly become a staff favorite.

One of the things we love, and we may be a little biased is the “Observer Lunch Special”.  Every week, Gary and Rebecca, select a recipe for our readers and then serve it the following week as a lunch special.  The Chile Rellenos Bake was this week’s Observer Special… and it was delicious…cheesy with just the right amount of “zing”.

The chicken-fried steak was thin, sensibly battered and more tender than an “old maid’s heart”.  You can request brown or white gravy.  As with any of the West Fork Café lunch specials you can size it up or down, depending on how hungry you are.  The “Recession Buster” lunch is priced at $5.50 and includes one vegetable and a roll.  Liver and onions, chicken fried steak, and hamburger steak were offered the day we were there.

The turkey club is stacked so high, you will definitely have to do some “smoosh” work and still have to stretch your mouth wide to eat it.  We hadn’t tried the Turkey Sub before; the turkey was stacked high and served on a hoagie bun with lettuce, tomato and pickles.

The West Fork Café is located at 99 North Centennial Avenue and is open Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m and Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  They offer a full breakfast menu that includes everything from biscuits and gravy to omelets.

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