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May 21, 2012

III Forks Does it Right from Roof to Table
By Marcia Frost

Welcome to Lake Shore East, where the Radisson Blue Aqua towers over the neighborhood, but it’s III Forks Prime Steakhouse that’s fast becoming the hottest table in town.

Cocktails and Joints publisher Dale Winspeare and I got to check out this place first hand and we certainly didn’t go away hungry. After taking a tour of the building, we started the evening off right with some cocktails and it wasn’t easy deciding what to order.

The décor at III Forks is modern, fine dining that’s beckoning some special duds. The restaurant is doing their part to help you stay in those slinky dresses and well-fitting pants. Their “slim sips” menu includes quite the selection. Among the choices are: Latin Lover (142 calories) with Voli Orange Vanilla Vodka , lemonade, agave nectar, sugar-free triple sec and pineapple juice; Bourbon Blossom (156 calories) with Woodford Reserve Whiskey, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, fresh lime, apple juice and ginger ale; and the Cucumber Collins (126 calories) with Hendrick’s Gin, fresh cucumber and lemon.

I really enjoyed a 150 calorie Cos-low-politan, with Voli Light Vodka, Voli Light Vodka, sugar-free triple sec, lemon, cranberry juice, agave nectar and prosecco. Dale settled for a Latin Lover, which he found to be quite satisfying.

Despite a huge list of exotic and low calorie cocktails, that’s not the only beverage that impresses here. You will find over 3,000 bottles of wine displayed (and kept at perfect temperature) in glass wine rooms throughout the restaurant. Private dining areas are also found throughout the building to be used for everything from business meetings to celebrations.

Although I was impressed with the drinks, it is, after all, dining that the restaurant is all about. Dale called the crab cakes “amazing,” while I relished the cheesy French Onion Soup. The main courses were just as interesting. We couldn’t believe the size of his Chicken Fried Prime Rib, which was cooked the way he liked, but not possible to finish. I had the tenderloin tips as an entree. They were served in a wine sauce, tender and flavorful.

Along with the main dishes we decided to sample some sides and went a bit overboard since we couldn’t make up our mind. Before we knew it, the table was filled with plates of potatoes and vegetables. The Six Cheese Potatoes were pretty amazing, but the Sweet Potato Hash Browns were so fabulous I had to take the rest back to the hotel for breakfast! We did add a little health food to the table in the form of fresh asparagus.

The cocktails and food at III Forks were just what I was looking for and I really loved the long fireplace, but my favorite part of the restaurant was not in the building. It was on the roof, where another oasis is located. The rooftop lounge includes a large bar, tables and comfortable seating. The views are great and there are even cabanas that have built-in heaters and fireplaces made out of stone and glass. The cabanas were not yet open and it was a bit chilly to stay up there the night I was there, but there’s a long, hot summer to come enjoy III Forks Steakhouse – inside and out.

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