Fans of Savage Goods have a new spot to visit in Sunset Heights. What was Jimmy’s Grocery Store at the corner of Oregon and Nevada streets is now Savage Goods, a family-owned bakery and eatery that started out as a table at the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market.
“At the time, the stand was a fun, creative outlet for us and a tangible way to invest in the El Paso community, but we didn’t intend for it ever to be more than a hobby,” said Savage Goods co-owner Michelle Savage. “We spent several years as a home bakery, selling at markets and catering small events, and as time passed and the demand for our products continued to increase, we began dreaming of what Savage Goods could be.”
Savage Goods is owned and operated by El Pasoans Mariah, Michelle and Tyler Savage. Freshly baked goods at the new neighborhood gathering spot include cupcakes, pies, cookies, scones, muffins, donuts and specialty breads like Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Banana Bread and Rosemary Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf.
James Arrabito, a local filmmaker and Savage Goods regular, says he’s elated that the trio decided to set up shop in Sunset Heights just one block from his home.
“I’m a man of simple pleasures: I really like to get a glazed donut or blueberry glazed donut, sometimes with a cup of tea,” Arrabito said. “Initially, I wanted to go in because of I’m vegan and a large part of their menu is vegan, including [most of] the pastries.”
In addition to a wide array of vegan-friendly pastries, Savage Goods also has a café menu that includes eats for breakfast and lunch. Patrons can also just sit and enjoy coffee, beer or wine from inside the newly renovated 1,700-square space or outside on the patio that faces downtown. Options for breakfast include the Savage Scramble, a tofu scramble with soyrizo, potatoes and vegan cheese.
Making food that is vegan-friendly and gluten free are top priorities for the Savages, said Michelle, who is vegan. “We make almost everything in-house, including fresh sourdough, seeded wheat, and gluten-free bread for our toast and sandwiches, housemade salsa, seasonal jam, almond butter, pesto, aioli, soup from scratch – the list goes on,” she said.
The menu also includes traditionally prepared dishes catered to carnivores in the community, Michelle added. “We want everyone who visits Savage Goods to be able to eat food they enjoy, so we did our best to design a menu that truly has something for everyone,” she said.
For lunch, Savage Goods takes the wholesome simplicity of the PB&J and makes it gourmet with the Almond Butter & Jam sandwich, which is served on sourdough bread with seasonal jam.
The eatery’s most popular dishes include the Roasted Chicken Sandwich, the Chipotle Veggie Sandwich, and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies, Michelle said.
By Meagan O’Toole-Pitts
Savage Goods 1201 N. Oregon St. 79902 915.383.4765 SavageGoods.com