Twisted Fork - Great Outdoor Dining

UPDATE: As of September 12, 2010, Twisted Fork has closed it's doors. Read more about the closing and the sports bar opening in it's stead at

If you live on the Eastside or drive through the intersections of Farwell and North, you know about Twisted Fork. Situated in the heart of this historic Milwaukee neighborhood, Twisted Fork offers a casual atmosphere with a diverse menu. Plus, with the warm weather for this Sunday, I wanted to get out and have a great patio experience!

No matter which way you are getting to Twisted Fork, you cannot miss it. The large logo on the corners of Farwell and North seems to be a large Google "pin" showing the exact location of the entrance. Walking through the turn-style door, you are greeted by the host stand, a long bar and a small waiting area for seating. The bar area takes advantage of being on the corners with large windows looking out at the busy intersection. The dining area has the feel of being in a colorful art gallery with gorgeous hardwood floors and comfortable booths.

This Sunday morning, I was meeting my friends Chris and Ben. I have been trying to get together with Ben for a long time for brunch to catch up with him, so we made plans through Facebook to meet at Twisted Fork. I also needed a friend who would be able to give me great insight into the bloody marys, and I knew that my friend Chris would fit the bill.

I made it the restaurant around 11 a.m., and Chris was waiting for us at the bar. He had ordered a bloody mary ($7) and let me know they had a special: two-for-one! We waited for Ben to arrive before we sat at our table outside. The weather was great this Sunday morning! We sat almost directly on the corners of North and Farwell—some great people watching. Our server Courtney took our drink order. I ordered my usual (water, coffee and mimosa ($6)), and Ben ordered hot tea and a mimosa. Chris said his bloody was great. It had a nice mix of flavor and spice, not too watery or thick. Garnished with a pickle, olive, lemon and lime wedge, the drink was served with your choice of a Miller Lite or Schlitz chaser. The mimosas, Ben and I agreed that they were great. Neither one of us enjoys pulp in our drinks, but the amount in these was great. They had a great balance of sweet and sour. One of the better mimosas I have had in the city.

We looked over the menu and decided what to order. Chris chose the Eggs Benedict ($8). The large plate was nicely filled with the entree. The benedict itself seemed to be perfectly put together, almost too perfect. The English muffins and ham were almost the same size with the poached eggs placed almost in the center of the circle. The Hollandaise sauce was a little too watery for my taste, but the dash of paprika on top added a nice flavor. The breakfast potatoes were good as well. The outside was nicely cooked with the inside warm and fluffy. Garnished with a small cup of fresh fruit, this brunch staple is a great choice for those looking for a traditional eggs benedict plate.

I looked at the menu and had a hard time deciding. I asked Courtney between three different entrees, and she suggested the Brunch Quesadilla ($8). When she placed the plate in front of me, I was shocked at the amount of food on the plate! The quesadilla was a combination of scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar and jack cheeses. Served with a side of homemade chunky salsa and sour cream, the quesadilla was so good. Plus, hidden underneath was a bed of breakfast potatoes garnished with green onions and roasted red peppers. This was a great entree for anyone looking for something to fill them up after a long night. I really appreciate Courtney's suggestion of this dish!

Ben stood by his favorite, French Toast ($7). Again, when his plate was set down, I was amazed on the number of slices of Texas Toast on the place! These neatly arranged slices were stacked with butter and syrup on the side. The one bite that Ben let me have was amazing. I was expecting a heavy soggy piece of bread but was surprised to find it so light and fluffy with excellent hints of cinnamon and sugar in the batter. Served with a side of fresh fruit, this is a French Toast lover's dream.

If this summer you are looking for a great brunch experience, think about stopping by Twisted Fork. For less than $15 per person, this restaurant offers traditional brunch items along with their own unique items. Since it is located on the busy intersection of Farwell and North be prepared for street parking (and possibly a short walk to the restaurant), but on a nice day, it is worth it. Additionally, think about sitting out on the patio on a hot summer day. Since it's situated on the north face of the building, it is nicely shaded during the noon hour.

Until next weekend, have a great week and happy brunching!

What have been your experiences at Twisted Fork? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments!

All the details you want to know: (on a five star rating)

Twisted Fork (***½)
2238 North Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 431-1080
Twisted Fork on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Contemporary interior with warm, vivid colors, hardwood floors and great views of the hustle and bustle of the intersection.

Food: ***½ (very good)
Nice blend of well-prepared traditional brunch items and some of unique entrees

Service: *** (pretty good)
Friendly, albeit a little slow but knowledgeable about the menu

Drinks: ***½
Mimosa - *** (pretty good)
Bloody Mary - **** (very good)

Price: ***** (awesome)
Less than $15 a person with a drink special.