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Located at 1103 West Jackson, Forklift is a farm-to-table restaurant highlighting familiar, local ingredients crafted into unique dishes and served in a modern urban setting. Diners are treated to a view of the curing room, where locally raised pork is transformed into classic charcuterie. On another wall is the cannery, featuring shelves of jars containing the house-preserved pickles, jams, and other ingredients made using local produce chosen at the height of the season. Finally, thirsty patrons will have the opportunity to try a range of craft cocktails, many of them using ingredients from the cannery.
Tupelo, MS 38804
Contemporary American, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
On the corner of Jackson Street and Clayton Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Forklift Ratings and Reviews
We've been here several times with mixed experiences. Larger groups seem to pose the most inconsistencies. Out of 6 of us, 5 had dishes that were bordering on cold. Food was tasty but temperature took all the enjoyment out of the meal. Staff is consistently great and the patio is a nice experience. All of the above being said, I'd still return for another shot at a better experience!
As always, Forklift was another wonderful experience. Their interpretations on food, using locally sourced items, is new, fun, delicious & enjoyable.
I lived in Europe for 30 years. One of my comfort foods is croque madam, a typical French sandwich. All I will say is that I loved Forklift’s interpretation! Incredible!
Forklift’s bloody Marys are perfectly spicy 🌶! The management & staff at Forklift are top notch! Way to go, people!
I went there with my boyfriend. The Aranchini was amazing! I had a filet, which was cooked how I wanted but had no flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes were good, and the vegetables were a mix between good texture and soggy with pepper on them. My boyfriend's burger was delicious and the fries were really good too. I'll probably come back but next time I won't be getting the filet.
We arrived a little past our reservation time but there were lots of time slots available on Open Table for the rest of the night so we weren’t that concerned. We also called ahead to let them we know we were running late, but no one answered the phone. There was not a table available so we sat outside until one became available. We had to wait a long time before anyone took a drink order. Either the description of the cocktail we ordered was a wrong or they brought the wrong drink. We sent it back and they brought a glass of wine as requested. They did not charge for the wine but did charge for the cocktail which was more expensive.
The waiter then told us that they had run out of all steaks, also shrimp and oysters. That left the menu somewhat limited.
We ordered a charcuterie tray which was rather expensive for the small portions of mediocre cheese and meats.
Our entrees came out at almost the same time as the appetizer.
Three of us had the burger which was good, and the home fries and chips were very good as well. Chicken picatta was pretty good as well, but nothing special.
The waiter failed to ask if we were interested in dessert, which was just as well, since we were ready to leave.
On a positive note, the local beer was unique, and outstanding.
All in all, a disappointing visit to a new place for us.
After making reservations weeks in advance, we were seated immediately. However 45 minutes later we had still not revived drinks. Had zero service. The person at table next to us suggested we leave stating they had been there 2 hours only get their food order wrong and cold.
All good, waitress needed to be more attentive. Forgot silverware, forgot plates with appetizer, no refills, food made up for all of it. Great place to eat, great atmosphere, great patio. Everyone has an off day, I still tipped more than 20%. I’ll be back soon.
We have been to Forklift many times prior to our last experience and were always pleased with the service and the food quality. In fact, that is why my husband chose to have his birthday dinner at Forklift. Not sure what has happened but we were very disappointed in our meal. The new menu is lackluster at best and the service was much, much slower than normal. Unfortunately we will not be back. So very sad that a wonderful town like Tupelo cannot have at least one good restaurant. Patrons wishing to enjoy a nice meal should not have to drive to Oxford or Memphis.
This restaurant has improved almost 100% since the first time I ate there. I've eaten dinner there twice lately & had a very good meal both times. The menu isn't extensive, but they do a very good job with what they offer, which, in my opinion makes more sense than doing a slapdash job on a longer list of offerings.
The place is nice without being pretentious - a good mix of classy and rustic. The service was attentive but not overly familiar or intrusive. It seemed effortless - the wait staff appeared when needed and then left you alone to enjoy your meal. The total dining experience is important but for me, it's all about the food. I had the cornbread appetizer and the filet. I savored every bite.
My wife and I went there for our 1 year anniversary and everything we ordered was amazing we ordered an appetizer, main course, dessert, and a cocktail witch was the highlight of the night. I recommend that cocktail to everyone it's called the smoking peach and it comes on a cutting board with actual smoke in a glass covering the cocktail it gives it a great smooth smokey taste.
We had a great experience at Forklift and will return again the next time we're in town. The staff was so kind (even to a couple with a toddler and baby in tow)!
We enjoyed the black eye pea hummus, shrimp and grits and red snapper with a blackberry sauce!
Our toddler enjoyed their kids chicken strips and apples. But he especially loved the live musician!
I never have high expectations when dining at restaurant that is new to me in Tupelo, and as usual I was not pleasantly surprised. It all started going downhill when I had to ask a server, other than our own, for a drink refill because our server seemed to be more interested in having a conversation with someone seated at the bar that appeared to be an acquaintance. Then, when our entrees arrived, my daughter's and mine (we ordered the same thing) did not look as expected, but we chalked it up to being one of those meals that just has a poor description. As soon as we started eating, our server came over and apologized stating that she had entered our order incorrectly (probably distracted from the socializing--someone else had brought the dishes to the table), and that she would have the kitchen rectify it. Meanwhile my daughter and I are nibbling on the incorrect meal (because we had already started eating before our server approached us about our orders being incorrect), and she proceeds to remove the dishes while we still have fork in hand. She does offer to box it up to go, I guess as some sort of consolation. My daughter and I then just sit and wait around 10 minutes for our correct entrees all the while the other two in our party come near to finishing their meals. And as to their meals: one ordered the Cluck and Waffles, and the other ordered the Steak and Frites. The chicken was so greasy it was barely edible and the waffle was so brown it was bordering on burned. The fries were laying a puddle of grease--they clearly had not been allowed to drain prior to plating. I've lived in Tupelo for twenty years, and in my opinion it is a dining wasteland. This experience did nothing but solidify that thought.
The pork burger is my favorite. That juicy double patty, gooey cheese, crisp, salty bacon and sweet, tart tomato onion jam all combine for the perfect bite! Makes my mouth water just to think about it. And the fries....heavenly seasoning!! The only thing better is the thin, crispy, addictive chips, but they weren't serving them that night😢. Best place in Tupelo, especially if you don't want "the same ole thing".
My family and I really enjoyed eating at Forklift. I had the cluck and waffles and LOVED it. My husband had the meatloaf and loved it. My son ate all his Truck Patch salad and my daughter had the kids noodles. It was delicious and the service as great. This place is a gym and wish I lived closer so I could revisit it. Check it out if you want something amazing but different than your normal hamburger.
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