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About Forklift

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.

1103 W Jackson St
Tupelo, MS 38804
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
On the corner of Jackson Street and Clayton Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(662) 510-7001

Website:
http://www.forkliftrestaurant.com/

Additional:
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

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.8

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
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Casual (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Authentic (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Atmosphere was fantastic, service was very good, food portions were small, cold and bland but the presentation was beautiful

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We just wanted something good to eat and it was good

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Spicy, Comfort Food, Organic, Late-night Find, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Bradley and the Staff were all great. The food was excellent. We have not taken advantage of this gem since it opened, but that is going to change. Great restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Overall "ok" was not 100% impressed with service could have been more spot on. Noticed them picking items from the sandwiches while they were on the pass not a fine dining approach ....

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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 5, 2017

As always, the meatloaf is yum! Thanks for the great service and personal attention.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Seated immediately, very friendly staff. Our waitress made good suggestions. Will be back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was disappointed in my Tuna as it was overdone, and I didn't realize the vegetables were going to be all peppers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Loved the atmosphere and band that night. Great food and music:)

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The service was horrible, they screwed up on our order, then a meal had to be sent back 3x and was still incorrect. Dessert was horrible. We spent $80 per person and it was not worth it at all.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Staff seemed overwhelmed and not very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was great as well as the local brew selection.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

初めて行ったのですが予約もネットで簡単に出来て雰囲気も良いお店で料理も美味しいです。
ライブ音楽も素敵で楽しめます。

Tags: Fun, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined on September 8, 2017

As always the food and service were good. Loved the live music too!

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I had the swordfish. The dish had andouille sausage and collard greens topped in an incredible sauce. One of the finest preparations of swordfish I have ever experienced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Had the special, seared scallops, and tasted the shrimp and grits. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Second time to eat there. Will return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Excellent service and the food was amazing - beautifully served and delicious! Also a great selection of unusual cocktails.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Lunch was great!

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fun, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We went with some business friends and it was delicious. As the evening progressed it did get noisy in there. None the less we enjoyed it!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great Beer
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Great service and food was excellent!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Owner came by the table and sat down and talked with us. Very friendly place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on May 25, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat. Portions are the right size. Pricey but worth every penny!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Took my mom and four year old to eat on a Friday night. It was great - as always. We love Forklift and it's walking distance to our house!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Everything we had was delicious! My husband said the sweet potato gnocchi was the best thing he'd ever eaten.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great first-time experience. Food was very good. Service was just right, friendly and helpful. Very enjoyable. Will be returning!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 19, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

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".

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on March 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Extremely impressed with the atmosphere, service and taste of Forklift. Well done!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great addition to Tupelo local dining scene. I live in Atlanta and it's as good as any place I like to dine out in Atlanta. Great ambiance and hip scene!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Key West)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Amberjack was as good as I've had. Others said steak was verly good. Waitress was very good

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Late-night Find
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