With a gold pacifier-shaped mouthpiece, goggle-esque glasses, and long braids tumbling out of his helmet, Hardy’s hustle and speed captivate. Even Ezekiel Elliot gets on Team Hardy and worries about his glasses-versus-contacts dilemma (contacts can pop out, but glasses fog up).
The team sweats it out, quite literally, during practices at the sparkling Star in Frisco. Alas, Hardy has a huge calorie deficit he needs to refill each day. And to our foodie delight, he shared his favorite local restaurant: Savorite Southern Cuisine in Plano.
In the episode, Hardy and then-teammate Anthony Hines dine at the restaurant. He gets fried chicken along with two sides: candied yams and macaroni and cheese, which he reveals he likes to mix together. Like refried beans and rice, all smushed up on the plate.
On Wednesday, just a day after the show premiered, Savorite was busy but not swamped. The dining room is shut down for now, with chairs stacked on the tables, so all orders are for take-out only, something many of us are now used to anyway.
Taking Hardy's lead, we got the sweet yams and thick macaroni and cheese for sides. The latter is some of the best I've ever had, seasoned throughout with lots of melted cheese and more layered on top, not at all runny. The yams, too, are stop-you-in-your-tracks good. And, per Hardy, try them together; you’ll never look at those two sides the same again.
Six grilled shrimp were actually the sideshow comparatively — not like a long-snapper, but a reliable kicker who can split the uprights from any decent distance. They were bright pops of protein served with rice in a savory sauce. A photo on Savorite's Instagram shows all that atop fried fish, and YES! Do that.
The slightly sweet biscuit could easily serve as dessert — pop that in the microwave for 12 seconds then laden with butter and honey.
The fried chicken was extra crispy and well seasoned. But again, the sides were the playmakers here. A mountain of mashed potatoes has a crater smashed into the top, which is then filled with brown gravy. Every dish on both plates was its own story. But next time, I'd get three sides: mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and the sweet yams, with a biscuit.
The dinner entrees, which include a main and two sides, range from $10 to $15. Proteins include white or dark fried chicken, wings and waffles, pork chops, fried catfish, shrimp and salmon croquettes. All come with a biscuit or cornbread.
Bright squares of red velvet cake behind the counter fill up the entire clear plastic shells they were packed in, each topped with an extra-thick layer of white icing.
For now, they’re only open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., except for Sundays when they’re open from noon to 8 p.m. Spoiler alert: Hardy made the practice squad so he'll be back for sure.
Savorite Southern Cuisine, 2400 K Ave. B (Plano), 4 to 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday, Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.