Claremont Insider: Three Forks Chop House Reviewed

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Three Forks Chop House Reviewed

S. Irene Virbila reviewed Three Forks Chop House in Wednesday's L.A. Times. It is one of the new restaurants in the Packing House in Village West.

Virbila had good things to say about the food and wine selections, but she didn't seem to focus much on price, which for Claremont seems a bit high, as some comments on the M-M-M-My Pomona blog touched on. (you really do have to bore down into the comments; the main post is on another restaurant.) We are especially interesting in tying in to that 32-ounce Porterhouse, even if it is a little gamy. Look for the frail white-haired lady on the floor in red-meat shock.

The restaurant is getting some buzz, even if some of it is a little idiosyncratic. For example, the Chowhound website weighed in with this:

Read today's review in LAT...sounds pretty good, however don't think I'll be driving 50 miles to spend $40 on an entree and sit next to a dude in a TANK TOP!!! [referring to a photo accompanying the print version of the Virbila review.]
And, the OC Register correspondent opined:
They lost me early on, when I asked to have the lettuce wedge salad served without pancetta; the waitress responded that the chef won't prepare ANYTHING differently from the description on the menu.So much for the idea that the customer is always right.

Virbila seems to have that visitor mentality without seeing what changes the Village expansion represents and without considering if Three Forks may have priced itself out of the local market.

Still, for the definitive review, see Chef Jeff.