Savoy: A Night in Wisconsin

Remember my friend, Clare?

Clare’s most notable appearance on this blog was approximately two years back when we decided to split a rotisserie chicken at the Lewis and Clark College library in honour of Clare observing passover and my need to obtain nourishment while simultaneously finishing my thesis. And yes we did make a two minute video of the occasion. You can see the post (and how much more professional this blog has become) by clicking HERE.

Anyhow, it is now Clare’s turn to graduate college and she has been in the process of completing her thesis. As a preemptive celebration of her upcoming graduation I suggested that Clare, our friend Megan (who is also an upcoming graduate), and I go out for dinner. Megan is from Idaho and Clare is a proud Minnesotan and both of them naturally share my affinity for cheesy things (metaphorically and literally). Since thesis tends to trigger major homesickness, I suggested that we try out Savoy Tavern and Bistro, a Midwestern eatery next door to one of my favourite PDX brunch spots, Broder.

Kentucky Mule

Kentucky Mule

I naturally arrived a few minutes early, ordered myself a delightful Kentucky Mule complete with freshly grated ginger.

Clare and Megan eventually sauntered in and Clare’s choice of libation was this aesthetically appealing cocktail. Since this was a couple of weeks back, I honestly cannot remember what it was…

Clare's choice of cocktail

Clare’s choice of cocktail

It should go without saying that we split an order of fried cheese curds as an appetiser as it is these little orbs of happiness that give Savoy a claim to fame.

Fried Cheese Curds

Fried Cheese Curds

Tater tot doppelgangers.

For main courses I was as usual torn between selecting a gentrified kale salad or a carby cheesy ramekin of comfort. So again, as usual, I just ordered both:

Lacinato kale w/ toasted pine nuts, parmigiano-reggiano, and dried currants tossed in a honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Lacinato kale w/ toasted pine nuts, parmigiano-reggiano, and dried currants tossed in a honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Clare and Megan on the other hand decided on Bratwursting it with a side of Beer Cheese Soup:

Bratwurst served w/ fennel mashed potatoes,sauerkraut, and stone ground mustard.

Bratwurst served w/ fennel mashed potatoes,sauerkraut, and stone ground mustard.

Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup

I liked this place. While bucketloads of cheese and fried-ness is not my normal cup of tea, I found the menu to still be varied enough to accommodate those who may be less enthusiastic about the aforementioned meal styles. The kale salad was fresh and texturally dimensional and was a wise choice to alleviate the heaviness of the other components of our mini-Midwestern feast.

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