The neighborhood switch brought myself into unfamiliar territory of Eugene with the Friendly neighborhood. Cruising down Willamette Street, I hoped to find someplace that hadn’t been covered yet this term. I found a small business center called Willamette Square, which is on Willamette and in between 25th and 26th avenues. This is where I decided to grab a bite at Three Forks Wok & Grill.
Three Forks specializes in Asian food, but boasts about adding Northwest flavors. I ordered the pad thai with teriyaki chicken and medium spiciness for $6.95. Some of the other menu items include rice wok, coconut curry, yakisoba, lettuce wraps and teriyaki tofu.
Three Forks also has burgers and sandwiches on its menu. At first I found this odd for an Asian restaurant, but looking closer, I realized that the burgers and sandwiches had Asian twists with their ingredients. There are also some vegetarian- and vegan-friendly items available.
My pad thai was delicious. The blend of veggies (bean sprouts, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, peas, peppers, onion), spices (garlic, ginger, basil) and garnishes (almonds, green onion, sesame seeds) really stands out in texture and flavor when accompanied with the noodles. The peanut sauce was also a nice touch.
I should have gone spicier with my order. I normally don’t like extremely spicy, but I still don’t mind some “kick” in the taste. From experience, I’ve found out that different eating establishments have different definitions of spicy. So to play it safe, I went with the medium spiciness for this. However, I didn’t notice any spiciness, and I was disappointed that I make the wrong choice.
When ordering the stir-fry items, you have the option to add your choice of meat. Some of the choices include chicken, tofu, steak and, yes, even duck. You also have to choice of small or large. I went with small, and that was enough to satisfy my appetite. I wanted to try their coconut key lime pie for dessert because it looked delicious in the picture, but I didn’t have enough money.
There was also a good amount of people in the restaurant while I was there. I don’t know if this is the usual business Three Forks receives or if people were just getting out of the house on a beautiful day. The dining area is quite small and cramped, however. With all the people taking up almost every table, I felt really claustrophobic.
After trying the food, however, I would expect this level of business to be the norm. The food is good and the menu is diverse, with different styles of food that cater to different types of eaters.