So I've lived in Noe Valley for nearly 4 years and have never eaten at Savor. Why? Because it always has a line out the door, and I have something in my DNA that automatically translates long lines into "over-hyped"...examples include Mitchell's ice cream, Tartine (yes, I know I'm in the minority here) and Boogaloo's. But I digress.
Last night, my BF and I were ambling down 24th...we walked by Savor, there was no line, we were hungry. We went in. Time to see what all the fuss is about.
The place is much bigger than I imagined, and the staff couldn't have been more friendly and nice. So far, so good.
I ordered a glass of Louis Latour chardonnay, my BF enjoyed a Widmer Hefeweizen as we looked over the surprisingly large menu. They had some impressive dinner specials (ceviche, trout, risotto...) but I was in the mood for a salad. Luckily, they offer several, including your typical Cesar and Greek-style.
I opted for the Granada (I think it was called), which included spring greens, arugula, roasted red peppers, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, sumac onions, and sliced pears with a pomegranate vinaigrette. I know-- everything but the kitchen sink...what can I say? I love a loaded salad. Anyway, it was fantastic- the greens were seriously fresh and were incredibly flavorful. I was shocked at how good it was, actually.
My BF got the Petra sandwich, which is ground chicken and mint kebabs on a roll with roasted tomatoes. We both agreed the texture was nice, but it lacked any real flavor - even after he added tabasco sauce. Not a winner, but interesting.
Oh and to start, we had the cornbread with jalapeno jelly. The cornbread was grilled, so it was warm with a nice toasty crust. The jelly was sweet and could have used a slightly bigger kick, but I really dug the flavor/texture combination.
Service was excellent, and the vibe of the place at that time of the evening (8ish) was really nice- families, couples, teenagers.
Long story short, the place delivers on a huge variety of interesting dishes...not all succeed, but it's worth points that they try. Not sure how long I would want to wait to get in, but I should still definitely get rid of my prejudice against places with lines...heck, I might even give Tartine another chance. :-)
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