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Five Forks Market

6565 Lexus Dr.
Rockford  Illinois  61108
United States
(815) 229-5500
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Kit Bernardi
Five Forks uncorks a strong selection of American and European wines and serves a limited number of tapas-style small plates.

Located in a strip mall on Rockford’s east side, Five Forks wine bar and restaurant serves tapas-style food and drink. Artsy vineyard and wine barrel photography decorates the earth-tone walls, and a large bar and dining tables face an open kitchen. The front deli counter sells cheese and wines by the bottle.

Although Five Forks bills itself as a casual gourmet tapas eatery, the food takes a back seat to the wine. The well-rounded wine list details 30 bottles of American and European varietals, 10 sold by the glass ($5 to $9). We enjoyed the French blended red and learned that Five Forks hosts free wine tastings on the third Thursday of each month.

The haphazard, limited food menu has a Mediterranean bent—paninis, homemade soups, flatbreads, salads, seafood and small-bites appetizers like mixed olives and bacon-wrapped dates (most items fall in the $6 to $15 range). The Five Forks salad with walnut raspberry vinaigrette ($9) offered plenty of celery atop mixed greens but precious little blue cheese, sliced apples or candied almonds. The Asian Duck flatbread ($13) arrived drowning in a spicy plum sauce. We were the only lunch patrons, but service was slow and delivered around serious floor cleaning that was taking place during our visit.

Visited: 
May 25, 2013

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