The Simple is Truly the Sublime

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Have you ever been intimidated by a restaurant? Hesitant to order because you weren’t sure exactly what it was or how to pronounce it? Just because you may not be familiar with crème fraiche, manuka honey reduction or sweet onion compote doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy eating a good meal as much as the hipster foodie ordering PM1411_ForkFinger-7725the deconstructed beef Wellington at the French bistro (full disclosure: I happen to love beef Wellington, but you get the point). And, to be clear, it’s not that there is anything wrong with a refined palate or eclectic appetite; but sometimes, you just want a simple, honest, straightforward meal prepared with care and a large enough portion so that you don’t walk away hungry – or confused. Well, whether you’re a foodie, newbie or somewhere in between on the gastro spectrum, Fork & Finger in Portsmouth, Ohio, is sure to satisfy.

Owners Bill and Connie Harmon have been serving up classic Americana comfort food in Portsmouth for the past 20 years. If you haven’t stopped in to eat in the past few months or if you’ve never had the pleasure, you’ll want to note they have recently relocated. They can be found at their new digs located at 232 2nd Street in downtown Portsmouth.

Bill previously worked in the restaurant equipment and supply business in Columbus, Ohio, while Connie perfected her craft at a Columbus bakery. Eventually, the two decided they would try their hands at owning and operating their own restaurant. We are all lucky they did.

Bill is the head chef at Fork & Finger, deciding on and executing the daily specials such as pork schnitzel, sirloin tips, baked steak and open face turkey sandwiches, to name a few. He also holds PM1411_ForkFinger-7735down the fort when it comes to menu staples like chicken livers, fried chicken and stuffed tomatoes. In addition to the full assortment of traditional deli sandwiches and salads, the trouble isn’t finding something you’ll like but rather deciding on just what to order.

The portions are generous and come with delicious homemade sides including fresh green beans with bacon, potato salad, macaroni and cheese and more. All are homemade and go perfectly with the comfort foods they share the plate with. The only drawback you’ll find with the lunch and dinner menu is trying to save enough room for dessert. And, you’ll want to make sure you do because Connie’s homemade cakes, pies and other assorted baked delights are not to be missed.

Like the ever-changing lunch and dinner specials, Connie’s desserts vary daily but one thing remains consistent – they are always delicious. Depending on the day, you may find yourself staring down the business end of mouthwatering red velvet cake, carrot cake, an overwhelming slice of some type of chocolate decadence or all of the above plus some. Again, just like the dilemma of choices with your entreé the only problem is deciding on what exactly to indulge. When it comes to dessert, Fork & Finger has an embarrassment of richness.

Unfortunately, in the cutthroat world that is the restaurant business, the simple and straightforward is often overlooked in favor of the flashy. But, to overlook Fork & Finger would be a huge mistake. At this hometown restaurant, the simple is truly the sublime.

For updates on daily specials, to take a look at the menu or to leave a comment, check out Fork & Finger on Facebook at www.facebook.com/forknfinger.

 

INFO BOX

Fork & Finger

232 2nd St.

Portsmouth, Ohio

(740) 353-8500

Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Daily lunch specials and changing dessert offerings

Photos AGQ

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