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The Good Fork

Posted by Rebecca Fleming / Reviewed on November 16, 2011 / review policy

The Good Fork TorontoThe Good Fork doesn't mind if you use other utensils. It just asks that you let it satisfy your hunger with comfort food. Open for seven weeks now, The Good Fork replaced the (very) short-lived Felicious in Bloor West Village and aims to be the new local spot for good eats.

In a gutsy move, the Yalcin brothers (Ali and Tolga) have set up shop right next door to the neighbourhood institution of the Bloor Jane Restaurant which also bases its menu on good ol' fashioned comfort food just like Ma used to make, and its been making for almost four decades. That's some steep competition if you ask me.

The interior of the Good Fork remains very similar to Felicious (clean, open concept with Ikea style furnishings) but thankfully there is a lot less orange. Seating is generous as it occupies two floors and the advent of the next patio season will bring with it an outdoor option as well. If you and your party of ten find yourselves in Bloor West with a hankerin' for brunch, then this is the place to go.

The Good Fork TorontoIt was quiet when we got there, but to be fair it was a Monday morning and who has time for Monday brunch except un(der)employed writers such as myself? We were greeted warmly by Vanessa, the friendly sole server and grabbed a booth downstairs. Ali himself had chosen to eat breakfast there (a good sign) but excused himself to come say hi.

One thing The Good Fork has on the Bloor Jane is that they are licensed. I like my mid-morning meal to be accompanied by an alcoholic beverage of some sort, in this case a bacon infused vodka Caesar ($6.75). Bacon love seems to be a love that just won't quit, so I felt as if I was doing a public service in choosing this particular Caesar to give the people what they want, while at the same time getting a full serving of veggies before 11am. Drink - justified.

The Good Fork TorontoMy friend who had scheduled a post-brunch hot yoga class opted out of the alcohol and went with water which was probably in her best interest...and the interest of her fellow hot yogis who may not appreciate their downward dog with a side of bacon.

The drink came to the table in a mason jar loaded with garnishes, of course one of which was a strip of perfectly done bacon. Maybe I shouldn't have eaten the bacon first because I was left wanting for more such flavour from the drink itself. It didn't pack the pork punch that I expected, but it was tasty nonetheless. (A heads up for heat seekers - ask for it extra spicy if you want to feel any burn).

I let my friend choose her meal first as I always do, so I can then choose something different. Meghan of course went with my first choice (she has good taste) which was the Sunday Morning Saviour omelette (normally $9.75, but the special on Monday saw all omelettes at $8). It came loaded with roasted red peppers, spinach and just enough goat cheese to complement the dish without overpowering it.

The home fries on the side were of the tiny McCain style cubes. Meghan was a fan of them as she likes her home fries on the small side, whereas I prefer the grown-up version. A case of po-tay-to, po-tah-to, at its most literal.

The Good Fork TorontoTo offset her savoury dish, I went with their Ain't She Sweet ($8.75) pumpkin spiced waffles. Served with berry compote, maple syrup and a dusting of icing sugar they were definitely sweet. The berries were delicious, but we would have liked it better if the promised pumpkin spice was amped up just a bit.

Service was relatively fast and very friendly. Ali checked in with us a couple of times and Vanessa even brought us over a sample of their East Meets West smoothie to chase our meals down with.

The Goodfork TorontoThe Good Fork falls somewhere between their cheaper greasy spoon neighbour and the more expensive Dr. Generosity down the street. However brunch at the Fork isn't limited to weekends as it is at most restaurants, and with a large menu, they have something for everyone, including the kiddies. I'm sure those with a loyalty to the Bloor Jane breakfast won't make the switch, but Ali and Tolga seem to be generating their own share of customers, so I don't think they give a fork.

Discussion

18 Comments

Heather / November 16, 2011 at 09:58 am
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They also have an excellent dinner menu. I would suggest going back and doing a review of that as well - totally different experience food-wise.
Sandman / November 16, 2011 at 01:58 pm
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The more options for BWV the better!
Urban28 / November 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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I went for their brunch on a Sunday. Now granted it was quite busy but the food was worth the wait. I'm a huge breakfast fan but I'm not sure what they do to their eggs but if you like your eggs over easy or sunny side up, they literally melt in your mouth. As a resident of mid town, very few things get me to the bloor west village but the Good Fork might just make it worth the trek.
B.Arkass / November 18, 2011 at 07:45 am
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why are comments removed from this site ?
B. Arkass / November 18, 2011 at 07:49 am
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Service is brutal. Coffee is $2.90 for a small cup. Good luck getting refills. Nothing special. Home fries do not seem fresh. They need to hire better servers if they want to last.
Heather / November 22, 2011 at 11:37 am
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Had brunch there yesterday and it was fabulous. Yes the coffee is $2.90 but refills were included and not an issue at all. More importantly, the food was fabulous - well cooked, flavourful, unique! I will definitely be going back. So glad this place is in the neighbourhood!
KS / December 1, 2011 at 09:16 am
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Went there and everything was top shelf - service was great, food was excellent. Not a cheap place but taking into account what it is now costing to eat anywhere it wasn't stupid and I would definitely go again.

J / January 12, 2012 at 01:24 pm
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Great spot for breakfast. Clean, friendly and excellent food. Nice to see a quality joint in the area willing to do something different. I fully recommend it!
elly / January 30, 2012 at 01:48 pm
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I am glad that i tried it but perhaps won't go back. Nothing special, much better food can be found in that strip. The decor makes you feel that you are in a fast food joint specially upstairs, even fast food joints these days are upgrading their decor. I think there should be a certain level of attention paid to what you wear and how you look when you are a server because you are handling food and you walk around with clothes that looks like you crawl out of bed with and uncombed hair people might perceive that as untidy and might not want you to handle their food. Did not enjoy watching the waitresses chewing their finger nails while they were waiting around. The food was good but if all the rest is going to fail the food can't save that place.
Kel / March 31, 2012 at 03:46 pm
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Just had brunch at The Good Fork.
The food was good, but the service was absolutely the worst service I have ever had in my life. The waitress forgot my caesar and did not come back to our table until our food was being served. After I reminded her that I ordered a drink, the hostess brought it over to me.
My friend ordered the Mac and cheese which was supposed to have roasted red peppers in it, but didn't. She asked our server to check and he excuse was that the red peppers were puréed into the sauce. The cheese sauce was a white creamy sauce with no trace of peppers at all. Our server was rude and had no personality. I will no go there again.
Lex / November 22, 2012 at 08:41 pm
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Went for dinner... found it quite pricey, service was neglectful (considering it wasn't busy), and the plates were so scorching hot that my husband nearly burned himself. I had the pot pie, which had a nice crust, but the content was full of frozen veg mix which for $13 seems a bit cheeky. And the kids menu is quite pricey - $10 for meal + drink. For the fast food atmosphere and price, overall I wouldn't go back.
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Simone / May 19, 2013 at 05:07 pm
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Just had a delicious brunch. We had to wait 30 minutes but we didn't mind strolling along Bloor while we waited. My partner ordered the pulled pork eggs Benny with a side of sweet potato fries and another side of mac and cheese and I ordered the red pepper/spinach/goats cheese omelet with the side salad. The food was delicious! The mac and cheese was quite rich so we were glad to have a small portion. My partner loved his meal and I enjoyed my omelet, it had just the right amount of goats cheese. One of the better brunches I have had. Will certainly go back for the delicious sweet potato fries
Gabby / June 11, 2013 at 07:43 pm
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Easily my favourite restaurant in BWV. Everything I've had there has been awesome, especially their brunch menu items. Unfortunately, their brunch is quite popular so you're in for at least a 30 minute wait, but it's worth it! ++Recommend: Lemon poppyseed pancakes, Mac and Cheese, and Chicken Pot Pie
Neil / July 14, 2013 at 09:10 am
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i live in Bloor West Village and I'm a regular - currently sitting for Sunday brunch. I follow a low( ish) carb diet and i find enough tasty choices here. Menu omlettes are great, plus they let you build your own if you ask. Service is variable for sure. Though i've yet to experience bad service just occassionally slow. I prefer sitting downstairs if i can.
Tim Andrews replying to a comment from B. Arkass / August 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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Well, I guess they've lasted.
Tim Andrews replying to a comment from Kel / August 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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Maybe they just didn't like you. After all anyone who thinks service is the worst ever because of a forgotten drink, seems like a real tool.
Tim Andrews replying to a comment from Kel / August 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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Not to mention, food issues have NOTHING to do with service and everything to do with the kitchen. The server has no control on what the kitchen does or how long it takes.

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