Morning Fork co-owners Emily and Geoffrey Heyde expand on Fork & Barrel’s success and help “keep Frankfort Avenue alive” with a lively new brunch spot in the former location of North End Café. Brunch is not just for Sundays anymore. Morning Fork is open from 7 am - 3 pm Wednesday through Sunday, with Mondays and Tuesdays coming soon! The early hours accommodate business meetings, and the menu’s flexibility allows for burgers in the morning or eggs in the afternoon. The restaurant seats 118 at full capacity and boasts an “amazing patio and bar.” The patio seats 60. After regular closing time, the restaurant is available for private events and dinners.
Chef/Owner Geoffrey Heyde attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York City and received additional training from other Louisville chefs. “The restaurant business is a community around here. I want to create an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for everyone, with immediate gratification to our guests.” His wife and Morning Fork co-owner Emily also serves as Special Events and Catering Director. “Our team is eager to please, serve, and be hospitable.”
In developing the menu, Geoffrey strives to include generous portions of brunch classics and Kentucky favorites, with Southern home cooking featuring local ingredients, all while keeping “prices reasonable to create value.” Morning Fork offers selections, such as sweet and savory crepes, that most people can’t or don’t want to make at home. The Sweet Crepe has banana, strawberry, and Nutella®. The Savory Crepe is stuffed with apple, brie, arugula, country ham, hot honey, and balsamic reduction.
Geoffrey also recommends the Short Rib Benedict with braised short rib, hash browns, poached medium eggs, béarnaise, and bordelaise. For purists, a Classic Benedict with Canadian bacon, English muffin, poached eggs, and béarnaise is also on the menu. The Corned Beef Hash features house-made corned beef with sweet potato hash, over medium fried eggs, and béarnaise. On the sweeter side, there are jumbo house-made cinnamon rolls and Liège-style Belgian waffles with a choice of five toppings: Bourbon Caramel, Orange Marmalade, Mixed Berry, Lemon Ricotta, and Nutella®.
Morning Fork hosts themed brunches once a month. To celebrate Valentine’s weekend, the Love Brunch promises red velvet pancakes with the usual $2 mimosas and $4 doubles! Teetotalers will love the house-made juice blends. Take a taste of Morning Fork home with you from the Grab-and-Go pastry case filled with cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, chicken salad, soups, lasagna, and much more. The full menu is available to go, and the restaurant offers curbside carryout. For reservations or to place an order, go to morningforklouisville.com. For the latest specials and updates, follow @morningforklouisville on Facebook and @MorningFork on Instagram and Twitter.