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“Same old”

Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery
Ranked #1 of 21 Restaurants in Paonia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: One of the more established restaurants in the North Fork Valley - The Flying Fork has a reputation for using the freshest, most local ingredients available. Owner/Chef Kelly Steinmetz uses the words "Simple Elegance" to describe both the cuisine and the ambience at the Flying Fork Cafe, located at the corner of 3rd and Main St. In Paonia. Dinner is elegant and packed with flavor. Choose from an assortment of pasta, braised Colorado lamb, NY strip steak, fresh fish, homemade Lasagne or fettuccine. Plus daily specials. "Being able to set up this restaurant from scratch is a dream come true," says Kelly. He keeps his eye on the "complete package" - flavorful food, outstanding service and a pleasant ambience, which is enhanced in the summer by outdoor garden seating under the fruit trees. With any meal, enjoy wines, beers, spirits and hard cider from around the North Fork & Colorado. In the bakery, sample a delicious cinnamon roll with bing cherries & walnuts or a hearty muffin with a cup of fresh roasted organic coffee. Pick up a loaf of artisan style bread, a dozen homemade cookies and stuffed focaccia breadsticks to take home. Cooking it up with Passion & a Whole Lotta Goodness since 2003.
Crawford, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Same old”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

In the ten or so years the Flying Fork has been open, nothing ever changes. Yes the food is pretty good, but it is stuck in a time warp. Even the specials are minor variations from the unchanging menu. If you've never been there, it will be fairly new (though not so different than other fairly good Italian style restaurants) and you'll probably enjoy it. But if you eat there for years, it is boring. There are few restaurants of any quality in this area. Locals find themselves at the Flying Fork frequently (and tend to overrate it), but the Vagabond in Crawford and the Living Farm Cafe in Paonia are better.

The two dining rooms are very noisy—no carpet, no sound deadening materials anywhere—and it is hard to hear each other. The chairs scrape on the floor with a screeching sound and are disturbing. It can be hot inside too because of poor ventilation in the summer. The 2 booths are uncomfortable and cramped. I'd recommend the other two restaurants I mentioned; they are a bit quirky, but the food is more adventurous.

  • Visited July 2012
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Westminster, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
270 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“The Lunch Special”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

The lunch special was a salad a potato salad and ham sandwich. We ordered 2 specials and 2 waters $21. It was fresh and good. You can seat inside or outside under the apple and pear tree. It is a very nice place. Thank you! Rita Bennett and Steve Nordstrom from Westminster, Colorado.

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Hotchkiss, CO
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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“Same old”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Food good, but menu does not change. They fail to make use of the wonderful local seasonal fruits and vegetables. Cherries, peaches, apples, grapes, Olathe sweet corn - this area is a riot of seasonal delights, but they fail to make it to the menu. Boring.

Visited June 2012
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Paonia, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“very good!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

As a resident of Paonia we are grateful to have such a quality restaurant in our town. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, especially Marian! The atmosphere is Tuscan, with fruit trees on the patio. The pasta is homemade. The bread is fresh baked. The salads are delectable.

We have eaten our way around the western slope, and it is my opinion the Flying Fork is the best Italian restaurant on the western slope - including any in Vail, Telluride, Aspen, or Durango.

Thanks to Chef Kelly for putting together a great dining experience.

  • Visited August 2012
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Colo
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“A Wonderful Dining Experience”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

We were exploring Paonia with a group of friends and happened upon the Flying Fork. What a great decision! Our group of eight was seated quickly on the patio and we all agreed that the setting was lovely. Our server was efficient and attentive, taking care of our group with water, drinks and appetizers. When dinner came, the food was superb. Each of us ordered something different and every choice was a good one. We noticed on the menu that there were also gluten-free options (to include pasta) that looked like good choices too. If ever in Paonia again, we'll definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2012
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