The Fork: Gladewater's home cookin' (and pie!) headquarters

The Fork: Gladewater's home cookin' (and pie!) headquarters
Pie! (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Pie! (Source: KLTV News Staff)
The Fork in Gladewater on Main Street. (Source: News staff)
The Fork in Gladewater on Main Street. (Source: News staff)

The Fork is a small restaurant at 111 N. Main Street in Gladewater, owned by Gay Humphries, former owner of The Pea Patch, and it seems to be a favorite among locals when asked, "Where should we eat while we're in Gladewater?"

The Fork in Gladewater.
The Fork in Gladewater.

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - The menu is loaded with classic "home-cooking" items, and the pies looked outstanding, too. When we visited at around 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon, there were still diners inside, enjoying dessert.

Some of the offerings were traditional favorites, like a patty melt, chicken fried steak, and pork chops. There was also a great breakfast menu, with eggs and sausage and bacon.

There are really interesting burgers on the menu, including local favorite, the Sweet Baby Ray, which is a grilled hickory hamburger with bacon. Some of the more unusual choices include a Krispy Kreme burger (two Krispy Kreme doughnuts with egg and bacon) and the deep fried beer batter burger. The Gusher burger contains two juicy beef patties with hot molten cheese layered in between.

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If you'd prefer to eat on the lighter side, they offer several salads: Chef, Cobb, Caesar w/grilled chicken, and Southwest chicken salad.

Whatever you eat, you should do your best to save room for dessert. They have cheesecakes and pies for $3 a slice, and homebaked cookies for 50 cents. The pies really did look amazing, with their sky-high meringue

The restaurant takes its name from an inspirational story, and Humphries has it printed on the back of their menu. (The waitress we visited with said new menus are being printed soon, by the way.)

It is as follows:

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?" came the Pastor's reply.

"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!"

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?"

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Visit Gay and her crew at The Fork to be inspired by, not only that namesake story, but also the good cooking. Give them a call at (903) 845-3675 to find out more.

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