Welcome to the Forge!

June Music Lineup

Woodshed at The Forge on Open Mic nights
Wednesdays 7-10 with JUNE HOST Shane Rendon 

Weds 06/27  Woodshed Open Mic night with Shane Rendon 7:00-10:00
Thurs 06/28 Stephen K. Morris 7:00 – 10:00
Fri 06/29 Amanda Pruitt  7:00 – 10:00
Sat 06/30 Paul Renna 7:00 – 10:00

July Music Lineup

Woodshed at The Forge on Open Mic nights
Wednesdays 7-10 with JULY HOST Guthrie Kennard

Weds 07/04  4th of JULY- Fireworks Downtown
Woodshed Open Mic night with Guthrie Kennard  7:00-10:00
Thurs 07/05 Gus Samuelson  7:00 – 10:00
Fri 07/06 Tyler Stokes  7:00 – 10:00
Sat 07/07 Heather Little w/ Stefan Prigmore 7:00 – 10:00

Weds 07/11  Woodshed Open Mic night with Guthrie Kennard  7:00-10:00
Thurs 07/12 Lucas Kelm  7:00 – 10:00
Fri 07/13 Jennifer Sullivan  7:00 – 10:00
Sat 07/14 John Dempsey 7:00 – 10:00

Weds 07/18  Woodshed Open Mic night with Guthrie Kennard  7:00-10:00
Thurs 07/19 Karisia Hernandez  7:00 – 10:00
Fri 07/20 Mathew McDaniel  7:00 – 10:00
Sat 07/21 Craig Wallace (Say Goodnight to Saturday) 7:00 – 10:00

Weds 07/25  Woodshed Open Mic night with Guthrie Kennard  7:00-10:00
Thurs 07/26 Anna Stockdale  7:00 – 10:00
Fri 07/27 Sadie Evans  7:00 – 10:00
Sat 07/28 Corey Kane 7:00 – 10:00



Wednesday • 8:00 am – 11pm
Thursday • 8:00 am – 11pm 

Friday • 8:00 am – 11pm
Saturday • 8:00 am – 11pm
Sunday • 8:00 am – 9pm

Full menu served until 10:00pm Wednesday through Saturday with our great pizzas available until 11:00pm


Try our amazing breakfast menu!

Come try our Eggs Florentine or The Hippy – an omelette that makes you just want to smack your lips (it has everything in it but the kitchen sink!)
Breakfast is served from 8:00am to 11:00am Wednesday through Saturday and until 3:00pm on Sunday 

Check out our Dinner Menu,
now online for your convenience!

To-Go Orders Welcome!
Call 903.833.5970 for more info.

Musician Booking: email us at forgebooking@gmail.com

No reservations required. Just come on in!
We are located in the heart of Ben Wheeler, Texas, on Hwy 279


51 thoughts on “Welcome to the Forge!

  1. First time customer today but we will definitely be back! The Caesar pizza was amazing, and the big easy sandwich was delicious!

  2. Love it.. very crowded. Will be back, because we live fairly close. My only complaint is.. you need more waitresses. We sat for a long time and a few walked by, finally we stopped one and she helped us, but our table outside seemed to have no one attending to it. We were there Sat Aug 10 around 8:30 p.m. I also suggested someone to play at your place.. hope he signs up!

    • Thank you so much for coming to our establishment! I apologize for the delay in your service, we are working on making sure we have more than enough people to take care of all our customers. We did have music scheduled that night, but perhaps they were on a break. We usually have live acoustic music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Be sure not to miss our music festivals, as they are really quite fun! Thank you once again for coming out and visiting us and too take it a step further by telling us about your experience. It is so very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
      Kerian & The Forge

  3. For months I had been hearing about the awesome Pizza at a place called The Forge in Ben Wheeler, Texas so I decided to take a friend and go over and check it out. WOW I was impressed to say the least. I’m not a huge Pizza fan but I am now. The Pizza was the tastiest Pizza I have ever eaten and trust me over the past 15 years of living between Orange County California to Seattle I can say it’s got to be the BEST!!!….. I will definately go back. One recommendation…..Seemed to be under staffed but overall was worth the wait….. Belinda Blackshear..Hideaway, Texas

    • Thank you so much for coming out and visiting us! We love to hear our customer feedback and this really makes us proud when we make our customers happy! I just found out that we made it into Texas Monthly and I am positive we would not have made it there without patrons like you. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon!

  4. First time at The Forge on Saturday night!!! Met some really neat people and the food was fabulous…Will definitely be going back! And a special thanks to my new friends Mike and Phyllis, they asked me to join them at there table as i was waiting on the rest of my group to come in from Canton…Really nice people.

  5. Everything about the place is great (love the Saturday acoustic blues), except for the service! For example, Saturday was the perfect example of how not to serve your customer. The place wasn’t busy, and it was just two of us at the table. Had to find the waitress to order a pizza. Then she stopped by 10 min later to ask if it was a Caesar Pizza (no, it wasn’t). Forty minutes later (I don’t mind waiting on the cook, that was OK) I flagged her down to ask if she would check on the progress of our pizza. She brought it immediately and it was cold. It had sat waiting for her. Asked if we wanted anything else I asked for another Lone Star and my wife asked for water. She brought the beer, we reminded her of the water, and she left shaking her head. Finally got tired of waiting for her to take our ticket and cash, put a salt shaker on it and left. EVERYTHING ELSE was wonderful, though, and so we’ll go again. I just want let the server run all over us next time.

    • I am so happy that you came out to our establishment and loved it here. I apologize that your server was not up to your standards or ours for that matter. There are times when our wait staff is super busy but that was not the case with your server. We have increased the amount of servers on the floor and are addressing individual servers on their quality of service so our customers get the attention and service one should expect. Thank you once again, and I hope that the next time you come in, you are delighted by the staff and if not, please ask for management and we will be sure to make it right. Happy Halloween!

  6. Best place around by far!! Has great talented musicians that play from all over. The food is unbelievable and has specials daily. Such a playa place to chill and have a beer or two or three!!! Whoop whoop!!

  7. Hey Kerian
    Its william H..

    Today was our first time eating at the Forge..

    We had great service everyone was great.

    We had my mother with with us who has owned and managed restaurants for 60 plus years..

    Normally she can find something that needs improvement but not tonight.

    I must admit growing up with her owning and running restaurants I managed some myself so I can be a hard sell as well..

    It was great..


    • We have a Fish Fry that night with Ben Lowery and Texas Express in the Pavillion from 5-9. It’s a fish fry, so I’m pretty sure everything is breaded with the exception of the coleslaw and beer… lol But inside we will have Jimmy Wallace and Jerry Don Branch doing a great Blues/ Rock N ‘Rolll set and the menu includes some great salmon and rice dishes, you can bring your own gluten free dough and we can make you a pizza with it, or you can try our delicious fajitas… We have a large menu and can make any kind of change to suit your dietary need! Hope to see you there!

  8. I’m glad I found this site because the original Ben Wheeler site with a drop down box for the Forge is not up to date. We’re local, but out of towners and others may get confused.

  9. First time to visit The Forge with spouse and friends Wed, 27 th, for Birthday Evening on Friends. Chose quite night to make sure I could get ion with no problem with cane. Parking was fine by ramp..don;t do stairs. Set down at Picnic table waiting on spouse, waitress came out and ask was all okay..I answered Yes, just waiting ..friends coming. She said Come on in plenty of room. She was very helpful and check on table often. Meal was very good and Looked good. We will be back and on a night sometime with Music. We visit many places because love Music. Connie Giles and Stephen Giles of East Texas BackRoads Band an Plus and Kathleen and MIchael Jerch , ( Singer songwriter ) and owner of Show Place Ranch.

  10. Having trouble finding a current music line up. What’s in store for November 2014? Also, is there a consistant web site to follow the music? Thank You

    • I’m sorry, but we try to stay true to a more music based venue. We are so happy that you love our place and hope that in your time away from games you get to come up and enjoy some of our great food. Thank you so much for your patronage!

  11. Love the food, the music, Amanda the bartendress, the atmosphere, the decor, the location….

    HATE the flies! Last time we came with visiting friends, we had to eat with one hand and wave our other hand to keep the flies off the entire meal! HELP!

    • So sorry about the flies, unfortunately they come with the bucolic landscape. We do everything we can to repel, kill and prevent flies, but when our big doors are open it becomes impossible to keep them completely at bay. Please know that the season is almost over and as we cool down so too does our univited guests. The evenings also are unafflicted by the little buggars. We try everything we can to make your dining experience here the best possible and we will keep doing our best to relinquish these pests! Thanks again fo rvisiting!

  12. Where is your menu. Planning on coming for dinner and music tomorrow. Do you have any paleo dishes? Our are omelets available for dinner?

  13. Had a great time was there Sunday the 4th was with Randy James of 925 he couldn’t remember the name of your place he was going to give you guys a shout out on the air this morning sorry I got him the info to late plan on going back to have lunch we didn’t get to eat but the food we saw brought out to the table next to us and it looked real good

  14. Great atmosphere! We enjoy coming when we have a night away from the kids 🙂 a few things on the food..we ordered a king pizza crust is good although a think a good brush with some garlic butter q round the edges would be good..also needed more sauce perhaps with a kick..razors nice big Jalapeños although the cremation cheese Cheddar cheese filling needed a little something in my opinion perhaps some seasoning and maybe a thick peppercrustwd bacon wrapping..again just my food opinions:) we will be back soon

  15. What a great place to eat and wait out a thunderstorm! A perfect night really, the blue chips, brisket tacos, spinach artichoke pizza and old school chicken tacos were excellent. The live music was great, Mirenda rocks and to boot she provided a live light show (complements of mother nature). Really…a perfect night indeed.

    • Thanks! We try to do our best every day! Those are local grass fed cows from the Happy Cattle Company here in East Texas. We are dedicated to using only the most fresh, locally procured and ethically raised animals and ingredients. Thank you for your business!

  16. Our Family is fairly new to Ben Wheeler. We went to the Forge today for Easter Brunch. The Staff invited our 2 year old to join in the employee Easter egg hunt and Party. They treated us like family. A special Thank You to Sarah, Lisa, Ed, Noah and Jackie! All we can say is Wow! This goes above and beyond customer service. The Forge encompasses an atmosphere of Community. Now when we return we will not just go to eat at the best Bistro in East Texas, we will be going to visit with friends.

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