Local Eats | Forklift Restaurant is a new local restaurant that is making waves for their updated Southern classics using fresh, local ingredients.
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1103 West Jackson Street
Tupelo, MS 38804
Local chef, David Leathers, has created an innovative menu with new twists on Southern classics. All of his dishes have familiar Southern classics but are updated and presented in a new, interesting way. He uses fresh ingredients in unique ways.
Local Eats | Forklift Restaurant serves lunch and dinner.
I found the vibe to be urban chic with a rustic note that makes you feel nice, comfortable, and relaxed. The patio is great, it offers a fire pit for warmth and ambiance. The walls are lined with jars of homemade pickles and jams.
If you want to watch the cooks prepare your food or the ultra cool craft cocktails being made, ask to sit at the bar. For cocktails, I suggest the bourbon with smoked cherries. It is wonderful even if you’re not a big bourbon drinker. The ‘Rented Mule’ is another good cocktail.
The cheese plate comes with homemade pickles. The bruschetta is delish. Odd numbers make a better presentation but when sharing, it makes for a fight for the last one.
I enjoyed the ‘Cluck and Waffles’, it’s a great spin on chicken and waffles made with sweet potatoes. The chicken tenders had a nice crispy crust and were cooked to perfection. The chicken is first smoked then fried which gave them a great flavor. I did find them a little underseasoned for my liking, but I do like overly spicy, seasoned food.
The Forklift restaurant meatloaf is definitely not your Moma’s meatloaf. It’s served on a large flat biscuit smothered with tomato gravy and onions. It’s comfort food taken up a notch.