June 16, 2016
Thoroughly sourced new American cuisine
What better name for a restaurant located in the heart of Old Hyde Park on Swann Avenue than, “On Swann”. It was like an Abbott and Costello movie when I was telling a friend to meet me at On Swann. “Where is it?” he queried. On Swann, I said. “What’s the name?” On Swann. Well, you know how that goes.
This three week old restaurant on the corner of Swann and Oregon is set to be a hallmark of Old Hyde Park Village. I grew up on Newport Avenue and only wish there was something like this I could have ridden my bike to…well, I guess at age 10 I wouldn’t have had the palate for the Spicy Carrot Soup I now have — it’s delicious.
Co-owners Chef Chris Ponte (owner of Café Ponte in Clearwater), and longtime restaurateur Trudy Cooper (co-founder of Outback) have really made this a “must-eat” destination – and in a short 3 week period. My friend Jon Palmer Claridge had raves in his Creative Loafing review and I do as well.
As usual, I tried many items and found them exceptionally tasty – especially given the fact that it has only been open for 3 short weeks…and the service, it was exceptional – with the most knowledgeable server I have ever had – she was phenomenal. I will be going back this next week to try the 27 ounce rib-eye. Should I share?
1501 West Swann