November 6, 2009
The students of culinary arts at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy put on an evening of festivities Oct. 29 to celebrate the grand re-opening of Savvy’s Bistro, the student-run restaurant. Patrons enjoyed a five-course meal and a presentation by the students. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday for breakfast and lunch. (David Dorris/News-Mirror)
November 20, 2009
The Story: Maybe the idea of eating a school lunch doesn’t appeal to you. If so, you probably haven’t been to Savvy’s Bistro, the restaurant inside Mansfield’s Ben Barber Career Tech Academy. The lunch spot, which is in its third year, is run by the school’s culinary arts students and it’s a lot more than just burgers and fries, although those are some of the best in town, as are the prices.
The Hits: The hamburgers ($5) at Savvy’s are made your way, that means they come topped with just about anything you want. My dining buddy ordered his with cheddar and bacon. The hand-squashed patty was seasoned with Italian spices and was thick and juicy. The Idaho fries that came with the burger were almost better, fresh sliced and sprinkled with sugar. Yeah, sugar. We asked.
I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich ($5), a delicious chicken breast topped with arugula, red onions, tomato and Savvy’s own creamy mayo on a really big fresh croissant. For my side, I chose Savvy’s chips, made in-house of potato and sweet potatoes and fried crispy.
My other dining partner chose the taco salad ($5), which was the featured salad of the week. The pile of lettuce, seasoned ground beef, cheddar jack cheese and sweet salsa arrived in a crunchy shell in the shape of a bowl that was already divided into sections, perfect for breaking off and eating.
The best part of the meal, though, was definitely dessert. We couldn’t decide between the creme brulee or the Campfire Cheesecake, $3 each, so we got them both and shared.
The creamy vanilla brulee was just the right size and had a nice, melted sugar coating on top. Mmmmm! The cheesecake had melted marshmallow on a chocolate cheesecake on top of a graham cracker crust, an amazing mixture of flavors.
Update: Chef Smith gave us a head’s up that after the Thanksgiving break, the students are opening Savvy’s Express, which will offer espresso, hot chocolate and breakfast burritos.
The Setting: While the walls are industrial concrete blocks, the rest of the interior looks like an upscale lunch spot with black booths and tables, cream- and wine-colored accents, plus greenery.
The Details: Open 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Savvy’s is open when school is in session. Park on the west side of the building and enter through the side door to go straight to the restaurant or check in at the office. Checks or cash. Takeout and catering available.
— Amanda Rogers
Mansfield , TX 76063 817-299-1945
We are in operation Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-1:30pm
*Hours of operation in accordance to Mansfield ISD school hours.