Good Morning Gators!
It’s 6:00am. The opening time for Savoury Cafe. Alas they are not open yet. Soon the lights come on inside and the door is unlocked at 6:03. Ourselves and another patron go inside. I admit that I have a phobia about being late but I think that if you are going to fudge your opening time it should be on the early side.
Coffee is served promptly by our friendly and courteous server Michelle. The Coffee is from Umbria Coffee Roasters. It was Dark Roasted and strong. 8 The only choice of artificial sweetener was the awful pink stuff. 3
We looked over the medium large selection of stuff on the menu. It was mostly standard breakfast fare with a couple of more original options. They had a few standard Alcoholic beverages as well. The menu encouraged you to create your own Omelette, Skillet, or Crepes. You know I hate that. Giving the general public this much power over the menu just bewilders them and slows down the ordering process. A bad idea for busy weekend crowds. We discussed our choices.
The place was gold and woody. It was carpet free and also free of your standard egg or chicken pictures. There was no music but there was TV. WGN morning chatter. 6 The vibe was like a million other suburban places that I’ve been to. zzzzzzzz
Michelle kept the Coffee flowing and we finalized our plan of attack.
Surprisingly, I was more put off by the late opening than Gene, only due to my belief that if an establishment is sloppy about not opening its doors at published open and closing times, the quality of product and service will follow suit. However, this is not the case at Savoury.
Michelle came to our table cheerful and smiling a gigantic smile.
We started off with one of their custom juices.
Sweet potato, red apples & carrots topped w/ cinnamon
Served on garlic ciabatta. Poached eggs w/ lightly fried prosciutto, sun dried tomatoes, basil & chopped scallions topped w/ hollandaise.
A lot of Italians feel like cooking Prosciutto is a sin. I’m OK with it.
The Hash Browns were your garden variety frozen Hash Browns (which is fine) 6 The Hollandaise was delicious. It was bright, citrusy, and eggy. It was pretty sparse however. 8 The Ciabatta was very barely toasted and needed more garlic butter. 5 The Eggs were just a tad over. That’s better than under. 7 The Prosciutto could have been a bit warmer and crisper and more plentiful. 6 It was pretty tasty in spite of a few easily fixable things. 8 I would order this again.
I must admit that I nibbled around the edge of this dish, so the hollandaise and sun dried tomatoes were all I can comment on. It was very attractively assembled, the crusty bread a good alternative to a ho-hum English muffin. The sauce was okay, nothing special. 5
The finely grated hash browns were tender and very fresh, and nicely browned. 8
Loaded Potato bacon, cheddar, green onions & fried egg
Diane spotted this on the menu and asked me if I saw it. I said WOW a breakfast baked potato! We have to try it.We ordered it up. When it arrived it magically turned into Potato Pancakes. After we got over the shock we rechecked the menu. The Item was listed in the Pancake section. It was our quest for unusual original breakfast items that conjured up a breakfast baked potato. Boy were we disappointed. As it turned out they were delicious. Crisp Tender Bacony yumminess. 8
I still chuckle now, over a week after visiting this spot…. how we envisioned a baked tuber on a platter dressed up with topping, sort of a breakfast Loaded Tater! Coupled with the fact that this item took a while to come out of the kitchen, Gene commented that maybe the cook had to harvest the potato from the local Community Garden 😏
I think we both laughed heartily when our server set the dish in front of us. Freshly made Potato Pancakes were the palette for the toppings,
and this item did not disappoint. The bacon chunks were smoky and chewy, the cheddar sharp and tasty. The pancakes were tender, tasty and crisped properly, definitely a repeater. 8