South Fork brings decadent food to Palouse

Restaurant gives Pullman residents semi-formal outing, won’t break the bank, serves pulled Pork Sandwiches to Creme Brulee



South Fork’s pulled pork sandwich with fries is delicious for both the first meal and for leftovers.

CARSON HOLLAND, Evergreen columnist

Are you craving a dinner atmosphere more formal than a dining hall or Einstein’s bagels? Do you want some delicious food that is only a short drive from campus?

If the answer was yes to either of those questions, South Fork Public House should be your next stop.

South Fork is located near Grand Avenue, nestled right between Planet Fitness and Dollar Tree. The restaurant has seating at its bar, in the restaurant and outdoors behind the main entrance. If you aren’t in the mood for eating inside, you can order online for pickup. 

Over the past couple of days, I have had almost nothing but chicken strips, pizza and salad from the dining hall. While it was convenient, I was craving something different, something that wasn’t another trip to campus dining or Panda Express in the CUB. After a largely indecisive trip through Google with the search term “food near me,” I finally settled on South Fork Public House. 

The restaurant is a pleasant sight located in an otherwise unassuming shopping center on Grand Avenue. The sign hanging in front of the restaurant is an identifying feature itself with its metal aesthetic. Inside, the restaurant is kept clean and the noise, even though crowded, wasn’t too bad. 

While I had no wait time, I would always advise calling ahead as South Fork is quite popular with students and locals alike. The restaurant can get crowded. This is especially true when big sporting events are on, because many people come to use the TVs. 

I regret to say that I only have one stomach, as almost everything on the menu sounded delicious. In particular, I was deciding between the pulled pork sandwich and “rack o’ribs.” I ended up choosing the pulled pork with a side of fries.

The food came out quickly and the service throughout the entire experience was enjoyable and helpful. While you can judge for yourself from the picture, I thought the entire meal looked tasty. After a good deal of admiring, it turned out the food was even more delicious than it appeared. 

The sandwich and fries were more food than I could stomach in one go, so I put it into their to-go container and ate the rest the next day for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised that both the sandwich and fries made good leftovers and hadn’t diminished in quality. I couldn’t say that about almost any other type of fries. 

The food isn’t the cheapest option in Pullman, but at South Fork you get what you pay for, both the atmosphere and good food. In the future, I hope to be able to try more menu items and sample some of their dessert options. Maybe on a night where the Cougs are playing an away game, I will try my hand at the bar and their drink menu. 

For those on a college budget, I would recommend South Fork as an affordable semi-formal option, especially when compared to the options on campus. Nothing besides the rib eye steak will have your wallet sweating, and you’ll have some delicious food in the process. 

I give South Fork Public House six stars out of seven, and would love to see some of you there the next time I go!