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Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery

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101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
+1 970-527-3203
00:00 - 21:00
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Great food and outdoor dining experience. Way above par for a small western Colorado town. Local produce and drinks to boot!

Thank Doug C
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We eat here every time we are in town (12 years) but noticed last year Kelly didn't always cook. We stopped ordering when we found out Kelly wasn't cooking that particular night... We took a chance tonight when we ordered and it wasn't Kelly 😢...I won't go into all that was wrong but even their basic salad was missing the... More 

Thank funnymountaingirl
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

What a great find in little old Paonia. The wait staff was friendly, the food was delicious. They offer a really tasty selection of dishes, and several specials. We were there in off season, but from the sounds of it, in the summer, make sure you have a reservation, request to sit on the patio. Probably the best choice for... More 

Thank Wade S
Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We stopped in for dinner on a Sunday night and were seated on the patio which was lit with fairy lights and full of pear and plum trees. I would love to visit in the summer to see all of the gardens in full bloom. We had bruscetta, which was good, but not great. I had a salad with goat... More 

1 Thank SarahCPCO
Glen Haven, Colorado
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Okay, very confusing on where to enter this building if you are going for the restaurant. The pasta dishes we had were good, but not outstanding. The salad I had was very good, as was the dessert that we split. HOWEVER, when I asked the server about a wine, she tried to lie about the wine and after further questions,... More 

Thank Birdylover
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great surprise. We have had some great, and I mean great meals here. The chef uses locally sustainable ingredients and it is spot on. One of the great little restaurants on the western slope. Please go there!

2 Thank Hazeco S
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

First we "accidentally" since we don't live in Paonia went to the bakery door instead of the restaurant and got BLUNTLY told that if we would "hang on" a second she would get us back there. Then all was good but we got there at the same time as someone else so I felt badly. We sat outside which was... More 

Thank Julie C
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492 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We were long overdue for a meal, after driving for five hours straight, and this got good reviews on Google. It was about 7:30pm when we arrived and the fairy lights strung amid two gorgeous (and very fecund) pear trees was almost fantasy-like. The food was fresh--we both started with a salad--and the pasta of the day was devoured in... More 

Thank intlwanderlust
Indialantic, Florida
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245 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We spent the night in Paonia during a long road trip from Florida. The Rocky Mountain Inn is about two blocks from the restaurant. A local resident suggested we try thus resraurant. When you arrive, it is not apparent that the entrance is through the garden. There is a cafe and bakery on one side, and the fine dining through... More 

Thank peterthegreatmlkj
Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Flying Fork was such a delightful surprise. First, the food: from the beginning when they brought out fresh focaccia and fragrant olive oil for dipping, it was terrific. I had no idea how badly I was craving the wild arugula salad with dried cherries and goat cheese till I tasted it. My husband and I split the pasta special, a... More 

Thank Liz P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 21
American, Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Paonia
  • Phone Number: +1 970-527-3203
**December 4th, 2016**
Closed For Thhe Winter.
Reopening , March 8th, 2017
**December 4th, 2016**

One of the more established restaurants in the North Fork Valley - The Flying Fork has a reputation for using the freshest, most local ingredients available. Owner/Chef Kelly Steinmetz uses the words "Simple Elegance" to describe both the cuisine and the ambience at the Flying Fork Cafe, located at the corner of 3rd and Main St. In Paonia. Dinner is elegant and packed with flavor. Choose from an assortment of pasta, braised Colorado lamb, NY strip steak, fresh fish, homemade Lasagne or fettuccine. Plus daily specials. "Being able to set up this restaurant from scratch is a dream come true," says Kelly. He keeps his eye on the "complete package" - flavorful food, outstanding service and a pleasant ambience, which is enhanced in the summer by outdoor garden seating under the fruit trees. With any meal, enjoy wines, beers, spirits and hard cider from around the North Fork & Colorado. In the bakery, sample a delicious cinnamon roll with bing cherries & walnuts or a hearty muffin with a cup of fresh roasted organic coffee. Pick up a loaf of artisan style bread, a dozen homemade cookies and stuffed focaccia breadsticks to take home. Cooking it up with Passion & a Whole Lotta Goodness since 2003.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?