Though originally invented to preserve the modesty of naked plates, food has quickly become an edible and essential part of daily life for many Americans. With today's Groupon, join the food craze with some classy cafe edibles. For $15, you get $30 worth of locally sourced dinner fare at Savor Cafe, located on West Morehead Street. This deal is good for dinner only (Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.).
Housed in a quaint brick building with ample natural light, the welcoming cafe features buttery walls, chalkboard specials, and wooden rafters checked morningly for rafter goblins. Settle in to the cozy dining room as you peruse the dinner menu for an appetizer. The grilled pita starter skates gracefully across hummus and a tomato and cucumber salad ($5), while the blue cheese and bacon dip lubricates crackers and grapes for easy swallowing ($7). Greens run the gamut: try the Savor salad (with tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, and chick peas, $5.50) or the iceberg wedge with candied pecans, applewood-smoked bacon and blue cheese crumbles ($7). Savor also offers a smart selection of sides and entrees ($12–$15.50).
Since opening Savor last June, co-owners Lisa Burris (a Johnson & Wales–trained chef) and Lori Pearson (a pastry chef) have been putting a Southern spin on classics like the 8 oz. ground-sirloin burger ($7), offering add-ons like blue cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and sautéed mushrooms ($0.50–$1 apiece). Pearson keeps a rotating cast of delicious dessert bars in play; Creative Loafing recommends the pecan pie bar if you can catch it on selection.
- Johnson & Wales-trained owner Lisa Burris and co-owner Lori Pearson have created a warm, casual spot that feels like you’re having lunch at your best friend’s house -- if your best friend happened to make a rich pimento cheese dip appetizer…or a BLT with seared and cracked-pepper salmon on fresh and fluffy focaccia... – Sarah Crosland, Charlotte
- Offered on a rotation basis, consider yourself lucky if you arrive on the day of the elegantly uncomplicated corn and ham chowder made densely flavorful with tender kernels, sweet ham and a glorious base. – Tricia Childress, Creative Loafing
- We went to for dinner and wow...It was amazing! The burger and horseradish mashed potatos [sic] were so great and you MUST get a slice of the peanut butter pie for dessert. YUM. – Samantha Ledford, Urbanspoon
- Great dinnr [sic] January 7. Shrimp & Grits and Salmon with horseradish mashed potatoes and out of this world veggies. Plus killer soul rolls for an appetizer. – Sandy Kelley Johnson, Facebook