Fusion restaurants are extraordinary in that they seamlessly combine dissimilar yet complementary elements, much like a bald eagle wearing a top hat. Discover such inspirational creations with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of French-Mexican fusion cuisine at Sabor Saveur, located on Division Street in Wicker Park. Sabor Saveur was included on Chicago magazine's "Hot List" in January 2010.
Sabor Saveur's head chef Yanitzin Sanchez slowly simmers the experiences of her upbringing in Toluca, Mexico with her training in Paris to create a menu of robust, inventive recipes. Multi-cultural entrees include lobster-and-shrimp enchiladas (intensified by hazelnuts and coconut-guava slaw, $19) and Sabor Saveur's version of chile relleno, which is a poblano baked with a flaky crust, filled with walnut, ricotta, and oregano and drizzled with a sassy tomatillo sauce ($14). Francophiles looking to expand their gastronomiverse can delve into the seasonal vegetable lasagna drizzled in a creamy béchamel-and-chipotle cilantro pesto ($14). A $28 prix-fixe three-course dinner is offered nightly from 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Sabor Saveur is BYOB, so bring your own barm or grab a bottle of wine to savor within the restaurant's chic interior. The décor, like the food, is a synthesis of inspirations. What used to be an auto garage has been transformed into an elegant, lofty space that reflects the chef's appreciation of art, clean lines, and Pat Boone's album covers. The space is divided into two halves: a secluded spot for intimate conversations and a part that exposes the kitchen, allowing onlookers to witness the artistic chef doing what she does best—moonwalking around scalding-hot and delicious cheese fondue ($6).
The Chicago Reader and Zagat have reviewed Sabor Saveur since its October 2009 opening, and Chicago magazine included it on its "Hot List" in January 2010. More than 40 Yelpers give Sabor Saveur a 3.5-star average, and 86% of 22 Urbanspooners recommend the Wicker Park eatery.
- This restaurant aspires to elegance, though spartan decor means lots of hard surfaces. Still, friendly servers and chefs bring warmth, and with a BYO policy and entrees averaging around $20, you can have a very tasty meal at a reasonable price. – David Hammond, Chicago Reader
- Small but fabulous BYOB French/Mexican joint. The fondue is to die for! The lobster enchiladas are delish. – Luv2TravelMLS, Zagat
2013 W Division St.
Chicago, Illinois 60622Get Directions