To be honest, I discovered the deliciousness that is Fordâ€™s on Fifth very late one night when several friends and I were in great need of some greasy grub before calling it a night. But I was happily surprised to discover Fordâ€™s is also a great place to grab lunch during the week.
Fordâ€™s specializes in meatâ€”burgers and steak sandwiches dominate the menuâ€”but they do offer salads (yes, they offer a Caprese salad!), a veggie burger and a veggie melt if you are dining with someone who, ya know, doesnâ€™t eat animals.
But if you are looking for a great burger, this is THE place to go. The patties are huge! This is one place where the burger patty is so large itâ€™s actually bigger than the bun! And, seriously, I could eat their buns alone all day long. They toast them and then smear them with an awesome garlic mayonnaise. Itâ€™s almost addictive. When someone Iâ€™m with says, â€œHey, letâ€™s go to Fordâ€™s,â€ forget the diet, I can devour one of their tasty burgers in record time.
If you are a cheese lover, try the Cheesy Burger, itâ€™s topped with cheddar, provolone and Swiss cheese. Yum! For those who love their fungi, go with the Mushroom Swiss. I know several people who swear by this burgerâ€™s grilled mushrooms and gooey Swiss cheese. For the adventurous and the really hungry, try the Heart Stopper, it has three patties, three slices of bacon, three cheeses and a fried egg on top! Damn, thatâ€™s a burger!
Beyond the variety of burgers, Fordâ€™s also offers nine different steak sandwiches, which you can buy by the half or the whole.
They donâ€™t serve fries at Fordâ€™s, but once you get a taste of the red potato salad youâ€™ll forget all about French fries! Iâ€™m not a huge potato salad fan, so I used to pick one of their other side options (green salad or Timâ€™s Cascade potato chips), but once I tried the stuff, I was hooked! The potatoes are chopped into large pieces and they seem to go a little lighter on the mayo than most places. Itâ€™s darn delicious!
The dining area is clean and comfortable, and Iâ€™ve never had trouble getting a seat. Fordâ€™s is a place to go for the good, hearty food. It might not be dieter-friendly, but the food is definitely worth the trip.
Pros: Garlic mayonnaise (!), yummy red potato salad, big and tasty burgers, open late night on the weekends
Cons: Odd hours on the weekends (opens later on Saturday and closed on Sunday), not a huge selection for veggies, finding parking can be tricky in Old Town