Fork It Over Restaurants will open its newest concept, Ida Claire, an eclectic and unconventional new restaurant that will marry southern classics with influences from around the globe, next month at 5001 Belt Line in Addison.
Ida Claire’s menu will showcase traditional southern dishes, served in an untraditional way with subtle global influences. Blackened Sea Trout will feature ras al hanout, a spice mix from North Africa heavily used in Moroccan cuisine, while the Cast Iron Okra is finished with ponzu, a citrus-based sauce from Japan. A feature item on Ida Claire’s menu will be the biscuit sandwiches, where ingredients are served on top of an enormous buttermilk biscuit. The menu will also boast a selection of sweet treats like the Front Porch Cake, a combination of sweet tea cake, honey mint buttercream and lemon meringue.
Ida Claire will provide a one-of-a-kind dining experience that rebels against the refined with an adventurous spirit rooted in southern tradition. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch, guests will enjoy passion and attention to detail found in every component of the restaurant.
The décor features an antebellum charm with gypsy-inspired furniture anchoring the personality of the dining room. A whimsical outdoor garden will provide the perfect spot for guests to sit, drink and enjoy while a vintage airstream trailer parked in the middle of the garden will be available for private dinners and special events.
Ida Claire’s bar program will incorporate just as much passion and personality as the culinary side. In true southern form, the Julep will be the star of the show with an array of options such as a Margarita Julep. Classic cocktails, punch bowls and more will feature fresh, housemade ingredients such as bitters and even their own gin.