Sonoma's Fork Catering has shifted a food truck into park at a new brick-and-mortar location in Sebastopol, Fork Café. While the small venue still caters to an on-the-go crowd, this eatery changes the "fast food" notion of mobile dining, with its slow food approach to the menu. Fork Café is situated in a converted Victorian with a staircase walkup and a cozy, four-seat bar on that would-be porch. Dishes focus on breakfast and lunch, drawing an early-to-midday crowd that can pull a stool up on the shaded porch or the indoor bar.
The menu changes frequently and features seasonal, local produce with daily rotating panini, salad and blue plate specials. A grain of the day also holds a special place on the menu -- quinoa, barley, buckwheat and the like. Menu regulars include a popular Breakfast Sando ($5.50), House Granola with orange-ginger stewed prunes ($6.75) and an Organic Polenta and Chevre bowl ($6.75).
The Organic Polenta and Chevre bowl is topped with a poached egg and zesty green goddess sauce, and it's best with the uncured, hormone- and nitrate-free bacon ($2). Hearty greens like a warm kale salad are thrown into this cheesy, cornmeal blend. Rich and creamy, this polenta still keeps a bit of its graininess. One particularly good panini of the day is a Crispy Dover Sole ($7.50). This sandwich of griddled bread holds a fresh fish filet with lightly dressed slaw of sweet corn, slightly spicy radish and fennel.
The real takeaway from Fork Café's menu is that local ingredients, simply dressed, make for refreshing breakfast and lunch plates.
Fork Cafe, 330 South Main Street, Sebastopol. Open: Mon - Fri 8a.m. to 3p.m.