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Feed and Folly in Fayetteville is just the ticket if you’re looking for a great place to eat delicious food, sip on tasty drinks and have a little fun. Open daily for lunch and dinner until late at night.
The day before the shutdown in 2020, Feed and Folly in Fayetteville had its soft opening. With their bright marquee lights still shining the following day, owners Lewis Chase and brothers Michael and Matt Sutton quickly changed their grand opening strategy to an “order-to-go” approach. Perhaps their ability to quickly shift their focus came from the fact that the three are lifelong friends.
Three years later, this vibrant restaurant is lively, welcoming, warm… and filled with loyal customers who love the quirky specialty cocktails, extensive small plates, handhelds, salads, burgers, happening rooftop deck, and traditional entrees like Bangers and Mash and Poutine.
I don’t see why we shouldn’t just start eating through the food and drink menus.
Drinks range from specialty cocktails to craft beers and wine. Order from your dinner seat, the bar downstairs or the rooftop.
Feed and Folly are known for their whimsical-themed drinks such as Little Women and Agatha Christie Cocktail Mystery (aka put your faith in the bartender to present a cocktail sight unseen). Or try Folly Fashion, a delicious take on the Old Fashion, or The Drake, made with purple gin.
I love that Feed and Folly has a generous Small Plates menu and a wide assortment of menu offerings that appeal to various culinary tastes.
I recommend starting with some house-made pretzels with mustard and beer cheese! And while you’re at it, add some house-smoked Smoked Wings or Charcuterie Plates.
A popular item is the Philly Cheesesteak Hand Held and the Fish N’ Chips Entrée, made with wild-caught cod fried in homemade beer batter. These aren’t your regular pre-frozen cod sticks. At Feed and Folly, they have wild-caught cod delivered in big filets and hand manicure them to the size they need. Nothing is pre-portioned, so we’re talking worth it with a capital W. You can order the cod as an entrée or fish tacos.
It would be best to try their fresh salads, such as Quinoa and Kale, Harvest, Cobb or Caesar. If your appetite is a little hungrier, you can always go with a burger or the house-made Turkey Pastrami, which has many flavors while being a pretty light sandwich without the heaviness of a traditional Reuben.
Also, always go with the fries, aka traditional English chips that are triple-blanched and thick-cut. Better yet, nothing is stopping you from a plate of fries and a freshly poured local beer!
The roof is open all hours, excluding inclement weather or a heat advisory. Half nestled under the trees and overlooking College Avenue, the rooftop is a special place to eat or drink.
The summer crowd is more locals coming out and is more of a mature group when compared to the school year with young adults and students. Lunchtime brings in more business folks working downtown. I like to go at an odd hour, between two and four in the afternoon, to get work done in a quieter atmosphere.
Sometimes parking can be difficult. If you’re lucky, you will score a spot right out front or in the back by the stairs leading up to the rooftop. Otherwise, there is free parking on the square after 6 p.m. or at the new parking lot on Mountain Street.
General Manager Clint Christman sums up Feed and Folly perfectly. “We’re about guest satisfaction and consistent food and drink. It’s something we strive to deliver.”
I’d say they nailed it.
110 S. College Ave.
Daily 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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