Thursday, October 24, 2013

2408 Ashley River Rd.
Fine Gourmet Cafe and Catering
Cafe is Open M-F lunch, 11am-2pm

To all of you who drive down Ashley River Rd. daily, and have wondered about Cafe Fork, you need wonder no longer.  Cafe Fork is a little jewel-box treasure, decorated in Tiffany blue and white, with French Country style furnishings- elegent yet comfortable.  The staff is friendly and helpful, explaining the many choices on the menu and making excellent suggestions when you are unsure about which amazing dish to choose for lunch.  The portions are generous, and as they are simply scrumptious, you are thankful for that!
We ordered a lunch special, Crispy Shrimp with Thai Peanut Sauce and the Sugar Magnolia Chicken Salad sandwich.  The Crispy Shrimp dish was made with plenty of plump shrimp, served over black rice cakes.  The black rice had a moist, nutty flavor and the Thai sauce was thick and just spicy enough.  Sauteed green beans and a crispy potato stick garnish were the perfect accent to the dish.  
The Sugar Magnolia chicken salad was made with red grapes and candied pecans, served on a very fresh croissant, along with a thick tomato slice and crispy lettuce.  It was the best chicken salad sandwich I have ever eaten, and the fact that it was surrounded by a duet of french fried potatoes and sweet potato fries certainly didn't hurt.  A dish of delectable sweet cucumber pickles is also served with most of their sandwiches.
Other offerings that looked very good were the Lowcountry Crab Cake Benedict, which was served with  both corn fritters and crab cakes and the Southern BLT, made with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes.  But those are for another day, another lunch!  
If you save room, their desserts also look fabulous.  A triple chocolate cake on a pedestal server, perched on the counter by our table, was calling my name, but alas, I was just too full!  Next time, though.....