Monday, September 14, 2009
Special Feature: Savor, Atlanta, GA
2355 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA http://www.savorgourmet.com/
Savor should best be termed a mix between Harry & David and Williams-Sonoma. It's far more charming than either, and is independently owned, so you won't experience that yucky chain feel once you go inside.
Rather, you'll be pleased with Savor before you even make it inside its space in the Peachtree Battle shopping center on Peachtree Rd. Its exterior boasts a few tables where you can have lunch on a clear day, big potted plants and a sign that describes the cooking classes they've recently added. One class is geared towards teaching cooks how to perfectly prepare risotto, a topic I haven't seen at The Cook's Warehouse or the Viking Kitchen.
In terms of cooking tools and bakeware, the restaurant is very well stocked for it's size. Savor carries several colors of Emile Henry bakeware and the staff is able to special order anything in the catalog upon request. You'll also find hand-painted dinnerware, pretty table linens and cool ethnic items like clay, tandoori-style pots. A lovely bookcase near a fireplace contains loads of cookbooks, and you'll have a great time settling down and browsing through a stack on their comfortable sofa.
While you're there, partake of a great lunch courtesy either the prepared food counter or an order of a fresh sandwich or soup du jour. I recently enjoyed a tomato roasted and stuffed with spinach, garlic and buttery bread crumbs, and my favorite sandwich is the Toscano. The Toscano is comprised of fennel seed salami with Tuscan olive chutney, Provolone, mayo and local greens. It's a rich, decadent sandwich that I haven't seen equaled anywhere in the area.
Looking for a high-quality, foodie-worthy snack to take home? How about a luxe Vosges chocolate bar, or a hunk of goat cheese and some Italian flatbread? Or you could indulge in a large piece of homemade cake or pie. Last Thursday I ate a sweet and creamy slice of coconut custard pie and took a slice of the Derby pie (sort of a rich, chocolate chip variety) home to Kyle. Neither lasted very long.
On the shelves you'll find interesting spices and rubs, gourmet soup mixes and professional grade knives. Basically it's a store full of goodies. It's also my very favorite way to spend my lunch hour, the only downside being that I have to return to work after such a nice time unwinding over a piping hot panini and an Orangina.
Another bonus is that the staff is very friendly and personable. One (or both) of the owners is almost always on site and is hard at work maintaining the stock and chatting up customers, not just hanging around in a supervisory capacity.
Verdict: The best place in the busy Peachtree Battle shopping center. Stop in for top-quality bakeware and kitchen gadgets, lunch or food for your next dinner party.