Savor – Fresh, Organic and Local Fare in Canton
Farm to table, it’s huge. In big cities, in Cleveland, and even right here in Canton. Savor is a new(er) restaurant that has opened right off of Frank and Fulton. So far, it’s proven to be a fun spot for a night cap, a go-to place for a ladies’ lunch and a relaxing date night destination.
Organic meat and produce are local and sustainable from near-by farms and markets. And lends itself to one of the most exciting aspects of Savor – the menu will change according to what’s in season. What’s more miserable than a restaurant with the same-boring-menu, month after month, season after season? Not a whole lot. Luckily, you won’t find that here.
The interior is nice! If you previously dined at the building’s former Mexican restaurant, do prepare to gawk at the change. What used to be the cookie-cutter Stark County Mexican restaurant decor is now clean, crisp and fresh. I love their use of white, neutrals, wood and some metal to instill the sense of a sleek surrounding. It feels upscale, without crossing the line into stuffy.
Although the warmer months are winding down, patio dining is offered for both lunch and dinner. The patio is spacious, has umbrellas to shield any scorching sun and is suitable for a party of 2 or a larger group of friends. Par for the course, like many other patios in our area, it does in fact face the road. BUT, props to them for installing a fence, fire pit and planting shrubs to create more ambiance.
Savor’s happy hour is every day between 4p and 6p with snacks for $5, house wine for $4 and organic cocktails for $5. All great deals, but to be honest, I think their booze pricing is affordable on any given hour of any given day. With $5 wines on tap and by the glass options that don’t exceed $8, $8 cocktails, and craft beers around $5.
Soups and salads are pretty straightforward. The market table is your starter/shareables menu with delicious items like the duck wings served plain or with a Cajun rub, the BFM (you take a guess what that stands for…) it’s a big ‘ol meatball stuffed with mozz and topped with marinara. Seafood dishes are also included on the market table portion, fresh and with a zing here and there – like the bay scallop with sun choke puree, or the wild salmon cakes with lime cilantro aioli.
Savor has both a lunch and dinner menu, so when you pop in for lunch, make sure to try one of the sandwiches, unique to the lunch menu only. Collyn and I were in love with each sammie we picked out. I went with the turkey option ($9), piled high with turkey, tomato, candied bacon, Swiss cheese and finished with a lime cilantro aioli on a tasty grain bread, I loved it, and the portion was large enough to take half of the sandwich back for a 3:00 snack. Collyn opted for the equally as delicious BLT with candied bacon, fried green tomato, bibb lettuce and also topped with the tangy lime cilantro aioli ($8) with a side of homemade root chips.
House-made pastas take up a good chunk of the dinner menu and range from $18-35… I think it’s pricey, but then again I don’t believe in eating pasta while out. Intriguing options range from pappardelle carbonara, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Marsala with spaghetti and a seafood squid ink spaghetti.
The dinner entrees really are stand-outs. Pork chops, lamb chops, filet, and chicken, all prepared with delicious sauces, glazes and reductions. Salmon, scallops and cod are all wild-caught and organic. Each dish has a special flavor and thoughtful accents. You choose your own sides, which is fine, as many people sub out sides for their own preference anyway. Savor’s beef, pork and chicken are all raised without those nasty chemicals and antibiotics, and are locally sourced.
What’s date night without dessert? A rotating dessert special is available, a gelato trio, and an interesting “deconstructed ice cream”. It’s not gastric science like the name suggests, however it’s still really good, mainly because the ice cream (served with a side of g-free chocolate cookies) is from Mitchell’s in Cleveland.
So far the conclusion is that Savor has great food, a really nice atmosphere (could use a little work on the table-side service) and overall, consistently serves up a super pleasant experience regardless of your reason for dining there.
Monday -Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday – Saturday 11am-11pm
Sunday – find somewhere else to go… they’re closed
4870 Frank Ave. NW
North Canton, OH, 44720