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Tasting everything Forks: Foursome completes first food crawl
Last month, a group of four dedicated masochists Connor Nielson, Nikki Knieps, Andrew Rahal and TeeJay Savage set out on a challenge — a mission — to test the depths of Forks’ culinary offerings. This is their tale:
Eating at 15 food establishments in Forks in one day? Easy. Challenge accepted.
What started out as a joke quickly turned into our own personal mission.
There aren’t too many places to dine at in this little community, so how hard could it be?
In preparation for this food challenge, we compiled a list to include all the restaurants and coffee shops within city limits:
1. The In Place
2. Mocha Motion*
3. Home Slice Take N Bake Pizza
4. Sully’s s Drive In
6. Golden Gate
7. Spoons Cafe
8. South North Garden
9. Plaza Jalisco
10. Taqueria Santa Ana
11. JT Sweet Stuff
12. The Coffee Shop
13. Pacific Pizza
14. Forks Outfitters Espresso
15. Mill Creek Bar and Grill
*We didn’t stop at A Shot In The Dark because it is under the same ownership as Mocha Motion.
On Sept. 14 our small group of five started this “Forks Food Crawl” at The In Place at 11:30 a.m. and continued down our restaurant/cafe list on foot for the next seven and a half hours. The rules were simple: pay for something at each place and eat it (or at least part of it).
After our second stop at Mocha Motion, we realized we should probably go to our banks to withdraw cash, worried that our accounts would be flagged and our cards suspended. After all, it would be suspicious to anyone to see purchases at 15 restaurants and cafes in one day.
We created a budget for each place we visited and scheduled in breaks and a nap. Despite our planning, we had fallen behind on our schedule early in the day and consequently, all breaks were canceled, forcing us to push through the (stomach) pain.
Of course we didn’t order entire meals at each stop. Instead we shared sides and appetizers or bought drinks.
During our adventure, we explained what we were doing to some of the restaurant/cafe employees and patrons we saw that day.
I know we annoyed some cashiers and servers; one cashier said it was stupid and told us to just quit eating. I would understand if these places were busy and didn’t have time to deal with us and our silly challenge, but that wasn’t the case.
There were some employees we encountered who had great attitudes though. The cashier at Home Slice Take N Bake happily cut our one piece of pizza into four equal slices, while the employee at JT Sweet Stuff was all smiles and didn’t mind serving me one cubed inch of fudge.
So why did we do it?
To support the local economy, one cookie/cup of coffee/order of fries/slice of pizza/alcoholic beverage at a time.
We realize our small group didn’t make much of an impact on the restaurants and cafes we dined at, but imagine a well-organized food crawl with hundreds of participants, especially in Forks where there isn’t a lot to do except eat. (Or ride quads.) It could be a successful and creative event to draw in tourism.
Though, to be honest, boosting the economy wasn’t our main reason for this food crawl — it was so we could say we ate at every place in town.
Everyone loves a good challenge.
The experience itself was, surprisingly, so much fun!
We had serious discussions, such as how gluttony is the epitome of America and our food crawl challenge. We read the trivia and facts in the laminated booklets that are left at all the restaurants (did you know you can lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs)?
But we mostly laughed.
And ached, starting around stop No. 7.
Now we just need shirts that say, “I survived the Forks Food Crawl.”