Park Yourself Here
Jul 09, 2014 09:43AM
● By Dia
Klyde Warren Park, built over Woodall Rogers Fwy., connects Uptown and downtown Dallas in dramatic fashion. Open since late 2013, Savor Gastropub is a stunning all-glass restaurant situated on the north side, offering amazing views of the park and the Dallas Arts District.
Savor is the primary park restaurant, although sister kiosk, Relish, is also located nearby. This new gastro pub, the creation of Executive Chef John Coleman — a 23-year veteran of the Ritz-Carlton chain of luxury hotels — offers simple, high-quality dishes using fresh, locally sourced items in order to create a vibrant dining experience. The new green oasis in the center of Dallas provides the ideal setting for diners to experience the flavorful menu.
As you enter the restaurant, you will notice its wide-open feel, both inside and outside. If you look up, you’ll notice mesh ceiling panels with screen-printed patterns of leaves that have indirect flood lighting, which gives off a diffused glow at night. The entire kitchen, bar and mechanicals are housed in the center of the restaurant, leaving all four walls as floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The bar features curves as the primary design element with a wire-suspended liquor shelf sitting above the counter. There are additional bar height counters featuring lights atop stainless steel poles every few feet. The dining area includes high-backed loveseats along the glass walls with a front row view of the park and the stunning architecture of the Arts District just beyond the park’s edge.
We dined during lunch hour on a weekend, so our choices reflect that menu. We began with the Skinny Dips — small dipping bowls of house-made hummus, tomato basil and pimento cheese with warm, fresh flatbread to dip into each or to use as a platform to spread the dips. The hummus and the tomato basil dip were solid, but the pimento cheese was the definite winner. Freshly shredded and prepared, it is much better than what you will find in your local market.
For one of our main entrées, we chose Savor’s version of the classic French croque-madame sandwich served open-faced with shaved ham, stout beer-soaked Gruyere cheese, a fried egg and a delicious Mornay sauce (melted half Gruyere and half Parmesan cheese). This fork-and-knife sandwich is a decadent choice with rich flavors and really hits the spot for lunch or brunch. It pairs very well with a mimosa.
Our other selection, based on a recommendation from our server, was the Cornbread Crab Cake Sandwich. It is a traditional crab cake made with fresh Jonah and blue crab meat topped with an apple slaw on a salt and pepper bun. I paired this sandwich with a handmade cocktail, the Texas Peach, made of peach bourbon, lemon juice, orange Curacao, ginger and hard cider. The drink stood up well to the strong flavors yet was still light enough as a brunch beverage.
Savor is definitely a dining destination where you don’t want to miss out on dessert, so save room for one of their unique offerings. You can mix and match based on the size of your group so everyone can try something different. Foodie Fellow choice: the Nostalgic Cookies and Milk featuring a chocolate-covered, house-made “Oreo”, nutter butter and an oatmeal cream pie paired with an ice-cold glass of milk. We ordered two of these delights — don’t miss out on this twist on classic cookie favorites.
This is an ideal spot for a date night or a night out with good friends. I hope you choose to visit Savor in Dallas soon and enjoy the views around the restaurant as well as the view of the amazing dishes served each day.
2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas