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“Pleasant brunch”

Fortify Kitchen and Bar
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Ranked #1 of 56 Restaurants in Clayton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At Fortify Kitchen & Bar, expect great food, delicious cocktails and impeccable service in a comfortable environment. We will always support sustainability in our area by using produce sourced from local small farms and growers, all natural, hormone-antibiotic free meats and proteins, and sustainable seafood sources and give back to the great community we call home!
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We started our Mothers Day brunch with an unusual Bloody Mary....garnished with pickled ramps and asparagus. Some of the pickling brine was used in the drink, a also. Don't think we would order again. Had three apps to share with our table of 5: fried green tomatoes, Gouda balls, and a duo of dips (hummus/black bean combo and a smoked trout dip with sweet potato chips and toasted baguette). Two of us had Cobb salads with shrimp (truly skimpy amount of shrimp); salmon special with kale and a riff on "hoppin' John"; breakfast plate (2 eggs, your choice; herb biscuit; home fries; yummy grits, bacon and sausage: well worth the price). Our teenage son ordered the burger and fries (gee, what a surprise!!!???). He ate the fries, a couple of bites of the burger (I forgot to ask them to hold or substitute the chèvre ...his palate is fairly sophisticated, but that didn't suit him . Decor is nice: very minimal, which we liked. Servers all pleasant and knowledgeable. Would like to return for a date night or a nice lunch. If 1/2 stars were available, I think Fortify deserves 3 1/2....

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went for brunch on Mother's Day. The meal was exceptional and not nearly as expensive as I had expected. Mom and I had the French Toast Brioche. It was more than enough food. Loved the stuffing of fresh strawberries and cream cheese. Locally roasted coffee was excellent. Thrilled to have a fine food restaurant in downtown Clayton. Although we have other exceptional restaurants in the county, this is the one that I'll be returning to again and again. Convenience of location is huge selling point. Parking is easy and close and you can wander around downtown and window shop to work off some of that amazing food!

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Reviewed May 9, 2014

I recently hosted a shower at Fortify with some girlfriends. We couldn't have been more pleased. The owners were extremely accommodating and everything was exactly as they said it would be. Our guests raved about the food, particularly the Quiche and the Gouda Fritters. The cocktails suggested by Jack, one of the owners, were fabulous. I highly recommend any one of their specialty cocktails. We loved it so much that we went back the next day for brunch! :) PS..Try the biscuits, they are to die for.

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

While traveling with girlfriends, we were directed to Fortify Restaurant. It happened to be the first day they were serving lunch. All of us were delighted with our food...not only delicious but
presentation was lovely. Nice staff and charming owner.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

When you are basically turned away because you are 5 minutes late for your reservation is pretty bad. It questions whether you would try to go back.

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Jack N, Owner at Fortify Kitchen and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

I completely understand your frustration and again would like to apologize. Fortify was catering an in-house baby shower that day which started at 2:00pm therefore we had to stop lunch service at 1:00pm. Stopping service at 1:00pm allowed us to get guests seated and fed without rushing them, while still accommodating the shower. The fact that you were a larger party and running slightly behind compromised that. Believe me, the last thing I wanted to say that day was I'm sorry we cant accommodate you and watch you walk out of our door. Moving forward, we will have a separate private dining area and outside deck which will accommodate situations such as this. Please understand we are a new restaurant and are still working out a few minor kinks. Please don't let this ruin what may be a great relationship, give us another chance and I promise you will be thankful you did. Sincerely, Jack Nolan, Owner, Fortify kitchen and bar

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