The story of Savory’s in Hamburg begins in Eden, where owner Linda Klein once owned the Meeting Place Restaurant on Route 62.
Circumstances forced her to move to Camp Road into what was once the Camp Road Diner.
Klein remembers running out of food her first few days after opening. She never envisioned how busy she would be in the new location. Turns out she’s still busy seven years later, with folks coming and going. We noted Hamburg police vehicles in the lot, too, always a sign the food is good.
Read the whimsical wall menu before sitting. Savory's has a printed menu, but for our money, the wall is the way to go. Think of it this way, the menu has the standards, the wall is the fun seasonal stuff.
In addition to regular Friday fish specials (fish sandwich $8.99, fish fry $11.99), we noted a spicy Buffalo fish sandwich ($8.99) and fish Reuben ($9.59) – fried fish, slaw, Swiss and Thousand Island dressing on rye.
From the wall we ordered the spicy stuffed Italian sausage, banana pepper panini with ricotta cheese ($9.59) and a tuna veggie panini with cukes, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and cheddar on homemade sunflower bread.
Our measure of whether something is good is to say, “Oh we are only going to eat half” then gobble it all up, as we did our paninis.
The Italian sausage panini was perfectly grilled with big hunks of sausage and peppers, and just enough ricotta to keep it from being a sloppy mess. It was good and spicy.
The sunflower bread gave the tuna panini a lovely texture, with lots of fresh tuna salad and loads of crunchy vegetables. The contrast of the warm panini and cool fillings was nice.
Our sweet potato and regular fries were great. Other wall sides included potato salad, fruit, pickled beets, sweet and sour cabbage or cottage cheese.
Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday, so we planned a return. Once again on that visit, the wall lured us in. Oh, how to go? (The wall is as much a curse as a blessing.)
A farmer’s daughter omelet ($8.99) with broccoli, zucchini, onions, peppers, spinach, tomato and goat cheese? A Southwest Benny on cornbread with black beans, bacon, corn, tomatoes, cheddar jack and a chipotle hollandaise ($8.99)?
Or go sweet? Pumpkin pecan waffle ($6.99), salted caramel, bacon, banana waffle ($7.59), apple cider syrup waffle ($6.99) or smashed pumpkin pancakes with granola and pumpkin butter ($6.99)?
Calming our beating hearts, our eyes settled on the Last Garden omelet with tomato, bacon, avocado, spinach and cheddar jack ($8.99) and Pumpkin Apple Pickin’ cheesecake French toast with apple cider syrup ($7.99).
Savory's doesn't skimp on omelet ingredients. The stuffed omelet covered the plate. We liked that the egg part wasn't too thick or too thin either. Seasoned and perfectly browned home fries filled the rest of the plate. Pumpkin cornbread was offered instead of toast (bonus!), and was moist and perfectly pumpkiny.
French toast was sublime. Slices of bread held together by pumpkin pie/cream cheese filling, were expertly grilled to make scrumptious golden French toast packages. The apple cider syrup - apples baked in cider reduced to create a lovely syrup - was a delicious change from maple syrup. The crisp bacon ($2.99) cut the sweetness.
Coffee ($2.39) is strong and service was excellent.
We noticed a kitchen garden out back where Klein grows things like tomatoes, peppers and herbs for the restaurant. Perhaps a nod back to her Eden roots or that she ran out of food her first few days?
Either way we feel safe in saying Klein has things well under control since she opened, with many more years to come.
5564 Camp Road, Hamburg (648-0044)
Hours: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m. on Monday through Saturday. Breakfast only on Sunday.
Price range: $3.59 for eggs any style (breakfasts average $6 to $9). Lunches (wraps, burgers, panini) are $7 to $11.
Parking: Large lot
Gluten-free options: Gluten-free bread for substitutes.
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