Several weeks back I went to III Forks on the last weekend of Houston Restaurant Weeks. If you recall from my first Houston Restaurants Weeks post, this was one of my favorite places from 2014’s Houston Restaurant Weeks. Great service, great portion sizes and great food. My foodie group and I decided to ring in one members’ birthday month with a trip to III Forks.
Setup: III Forks is in the Houston Pavilions in downtown Houston. Downtown Houston is not ideal for any restaurant in my opinion. This city’s downtown goes to sleep after five pm on weekdays and for most of the weekends especially if there is not a basketball or baseball game. Keeping that in mind, I was not surprised to see III Forks fairly empty on a Saturday evening. Valet costs (boo) and since it’s downtown you kind of feel like you have no choice unless you want to park down a dark alley. Once inside the venue, the first part of the restaurant is pretty dark. Not huge fan of that, but we were ushered to a brighter dining space in the back.
Food: III Forks must have gotten wind of my post bragging about their portion sizes because they did not seem to offer the large portions that we had last year! III Forks offers the Restaurant week menu for $35 unlike many other steakhouses that add $10 for the steak. I ordered the lobster bisque, filet mignon with chunks of lobster meat and the chocolate mousse. We added a side of creamed spinach and were offered tomatoes and scallions. I passed on the tomatoes and scallions but ate a couple of helpings of the spinach. Everything was good though I would probably pick the spinach as my favorite item of the night.
Drinks: I cannot remember what this drink was called, my guess is Prairie 75 based on rereading the menu. When I arrived my friend was already sipping on one of these so I pulled the “I’ll have what she’s having.” It reminded me of a mimosa, but just better, stronger and more appropriate for dinner.
Service: Our waitress was very sweet and very knowledgable about the menu. I appreciate a quick run down of what’s good, recommendations and she did just that. Before the end of the night she brought us shots. She would not divulge the recipe, but I am pretty sure Baileys was an ingredient though. The day after my visit to III Forks, someone called me to thank me for stopping by! It was a simple thing, but I have never had a restaurant call the next day to ask about my service. I thought that was a nice touch.
III Forks was my final stop for Houston Restaurant Weeks this year. Going on vacation in August, prime time HRW, did not allow me to try as many places this year. I did still get to experience some new restaurants, stop by some of my favorites all while contributing to a great cause, the Houston Food Bank! Without a doubt I will be lining up for Houston Restaurant Weeks again next year!