About The Fork and Plate Family Grill:
Located less than a kilometre from the beaches that pepper the western side of Lake Simcoe, where it curls down in to Cook’s Bay, the Fork and Plate Family Grill has been operating for more than a decade. Its general managers Deb and Ralph have a combined experience of more than sixty years working in the hospitality and food service industries.
This expertise has reaped the rewards: their restaurant currently sits at number two out of all the eateries in Innisfil on TripAdvisor, and in 2010, 2012 and 2013 they won awards from the Innisfil Chamber Chamber Of Commerce and Nottawasaga Futures. With the motto ‘Just put a fork in it and enjoy’, the Fork and Plate aim to provide quality home style meals coupled with excellent customer service.
The restaurant itself is a low-slung white wood and redbrick building, with spacious parking on site and easy access for people with disabilities via a ramped entrance. The interior is roomy and inviting in a country home style, with wood floors and dark wood tables and chairs, surrounded by white walls and spot lighting. Online reviews frequently describe it as ‘cosy’ or ‘quaint’.
- Family restaurant with welcoming staff
- Good for children
- Car parking on site
- Extensive menu and large portions
- Homely, comfortable atmosphere
- Vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free options
- Décor has been described as a little dated
- Occasional problems with service, especially during peak hours
There are several menus at the restaurant, with an extensive one for lunch and dinner, a slightly smaller selection for takeaway, plus others for breakfasts and kids under the age of ten. There is a huge range of dishes to choose from, and portions are described online as being very generous. The menus themselves were updated in 2017 with a raft of new, contemporary meals added. Playing with words, the Fork and Plate use the word ‘fork’ liberally in its menus, with ‘Forkables’ and ‘Forkwiches’ listed, while the kids' menu is described as being ‘For the little Forkers’.
The main menu has a broad choice of dishes, such as stir-fries, pasta, the aforementioned ‘Forkables’ that include crock of onion soup and cheesy spud wheels, burgers, flatbreads, steaks, entrees and much more; it is a very hearty selection of comfort food. The takeaway menu is similar but slightly less packed than the six-page main menu. The breakfast menu has over a dozen choices, from buttermilk pancakes to the enormous ‘Big Plate’ meal as well as a selection of hot drinks and juices, while children can enjoy pepperoni pizza, pasta with meat sauce and chicken tenders amongst others. Food can be washed down with a good range of beers, wines and soft drinks as the Fork and Plate has a full bar.
The restaurant fares well online with the majority of reviews positive in terms of food, service, portion size and price. One patron wrote on Google that it is a ‘great local spot for breakfast. Friendly and food that feels like home cooking’, while on Facebook a reviewer stated, ‘There’s something for everyone. Super kid friendly and they make you feel like family.’ Of the limited number of negative reviews, one on TripAdvisor bemoaned the fish and chip meal they had; Generally, though, the Fork and Plate is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.
The Fork and Plate Family Grill takes reservations but encourages ‘walk-ins’ too, offers dining in and takeaways, and can cater for between twenty and two hundred people at off-site events such as weddings and corporate meetings. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 9 pm, Saturday 8 am to 9 pm, Sunday 8 am to 8 pm, and it is closed during holidays.