By Michelle Berry

Stroll down the red brick courtyard to A Fork in the Road, an eclectically, delightful deli and specialty shop nestled in the quaint Garden Village in Norwell. Become enchanted by the warmth and cozy feel of the shop’s interior, wrapped in golden pine wood walls and floors. Place your order at the colorful, comic-inspired counter that’s shaped like the front of a Ford Mustang. Upstairs you’ll find a beautiful, open room to host your family parties and office lunch meetings.

The artisan sandwich makers are just as warm and friendly, eagerly offering suggestions when a new customer appears overwhelmed by the wide range of offerings on the sandwich board. Some fan favorites include the Pilgrim, made with roasted turkey, stuffing made from scratch, cranberry sauce, and a dab of mayo; the hot Wellington, made with pastrami, corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing; and the Jinky, a tuna melt that can be made Kinky with hots and named after a very special friend, Inky. These made-to-order, freshly prepared sandwiches are generously stuffed, as are the oh-so-fancy salads like Maple Glazed Spinach Salad with candied pecans, blue cheese, and a light maple balsamic vinaigrette, and the cranberry walnut salad with grilled chicken. Soup lovers will be bowled over by Lori’s hearty, satisfying soup creations: look for varieties such as stuffed pepper, beef vegetable lentil, and chicken dumpling. And you’ll always find a scrumptious assortment of fresh baked cookies, brownies, and cupcakes to satisfy your sweet tooth!

This is the second location for Lori Cook, well-known cook, caterer, and sandwich maker. She has owned and operated the original award-winning deli and catering company, Fork in the Road (aka Bryantville Deli) on Union Street in Pembroke for well over 10 years. As well as fare similar to its Norwell location, Fork in the Road offers its wildly popular Wacky Wednesday. These $5.00 meals are made fresh, in-house and on any given week could include Ham dinner with scalloped potatoes, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Loaded Italian Stromboli, and Buffalo Mac and Cheese (to name a few).

Event and corporate catering is also a thriving part of her enterprise. You’ll find all that and more at the new Norwell location—delicious food and a specialty shop that includes local and handcrafted items. From gluten-free pasta and sauces to handmade aprons and knit scarves, this is your “go-to” place to eat, shop, and feel right at home.

Fun facts: Craving nostalgia too? You’ll spy many of Lori’s handpicked antiques while enjoying your meal. Lori is married to Jason Cook, owner of A-Bee Tent Rentals. This energetic, non-stop team that includes Lori’s daughter, Kate, works in sync setting up tents and catering a boat load of family and company events across the South Shore and beyond. As for the name, Lori says, “I’ve heard that Yogi Berra said ‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it,’ so I say it too.” They recently discovered their theme song by The Spinners, “I’ll Be Around,” that begins “This is our fork in the road.” Sing it with us . . .

A Fork in the Road
376 Washington Street
Norwell, MA 02703
(339) 214-2117

A Fork in the Road
6 Union Street
Pembroke, MA 027359
(781) 293-4300

Michelle Berry feels blessed to call Massachusetts her home (except in January and February). She lives in Pembroke with her husband, sons, boxer, and honeybees.