Gourmet Mexican Takeover

Doomed Savour Kitchen makes way for new gourmet Mexican restaurant Cubiertos

Savour Kitchen makes way for new gourmet Mexican restaurant Cubiertos

Cubiertos Mexican, shrimp
Spicy shrimp is one of the fajita options at Cubiertos Mexican, along with steak, chicken and portobello mushroom. Cubiertos Mexican
Cubiertos Mexican, mole
Mole is on the menu at new gourmet Cubiertos Mexican restaurant on the Dallas North Tollway. Cubiertos Mexican
Cubiertos Mexican, shrimp
Cubiertos Mexican, mole

Farewell to Savour Kitchen and Cocktail Room on the Dallas North Tollway. We hardly knew you, because we never got to visit. It closed the first week of November, so now we never shall. But chin up, as it has already been replaced: Cubiertos Mexican, a gourmet Mexican restaurant with a sprawling menu, opens November 26, i.e., today.

The other branch of Savour, located in Allen, is still open. And according to a staffer at that branch, Cubiertos has the same owners, including infamous restaurateur Eddie Ianace. But while Savour's American cuisine has done well in Allen, it didn't do so well in Dallas.

 We know Cubiertos must be good, because two days before it opened, it was already earning 5-star reviews on Yelp.

"Savor is more intimate; it's a smaller restaurant idea that works over here in Allen," says the staffer. "But it didn't work over there. The new place is a Mexican cantina of sorts."

Cubiertos' website cheerfully describes it as being "rooted in the authentic flavors of Mexico while creating colorful, contemporary Mexican cuisine through incorporating regional accents, and utilizing local, fresh ingredients." That includes handmade tortillas, fresh salsas and moles, as well as "contemporary classics" like duck in Yucatecan pipian, snapper Veracruz, pork chuletas and dos moles enchiladas.

There are "Mexican street tacos," steak nachos, steak quesadillas, bacon-wrapped shrimp, Alaskan salmon, grilled chicken fajita salad, corn and crab chowder — just your typical "gourmet Mexican" stuff.

We know it must be good, because two days before it opened, it was already earning 5-star reviews on Yelp.

Before it closed, Savour had been doing lots of Groupons, which is never a good sign. But it's hard to overcome that location's jinx.

It has seen an epically long series of failed restaurants come and go, from Rick Stein's to Judd Fruia's Tre Amici to The Office, the dismal "secretary-themed" concept from Michael Costa. If you're looking for the picture of "doomed location," look no further than 18020 N. Dallas Pkwy. But hope springs eternal.