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Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery

101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
+1 970-527-3203
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
3 weeks ago
“The Tiramisu is to die for!!!”
11 Apr 2017
“Perfect summer dinner spot in the North Fork valley”
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American, Italian, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
101 3rd St, On the Corner of 3rd & Main, Paonia, CO 81428-8433
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm Italian so I am a pretty harsh critic when it comes to authentic Italian food... so I can tell you truthfully that this is by far some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten. And I have lived in some of the...More

Thank Levin R
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
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank funnymountaingirl
Reviewed 26 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...More

Thank Wade S
Reviewed 12 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....More

1  Thank SarahCPCO
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...More

Thank Birdylover
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
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...More

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank intlwanderlust
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...More

Thank peterthegreatmlkj
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
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
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 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
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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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