Working as a teacher doesn’t leave much room for fun lunch days during the school year, and by much room I mean none. Working in West Charlotte leaves even less opportunity. There are a handful of really great places, but the options aren’t endless. This past week we were lucky enough to get to explore the West Charlotte food scene during a training day and headed to Savor Cafe on Morehead. It’s been written up by Helen Schwab (Charlotte Observer Food Writer), voted best lunch by Creative Loafing, and even named one of the top 25 restaurants in Charlotte by Charlotte Magazine. Bold statement. I had to check it out. My lovely team teachers accompanied me to try it out.
Love the inside feel. Funky, artsy, and hip. Brightly painted walls and food-centered artwork attribute to the eclectic atmosphere in the bar area, while a more intimate dining room sits next door. We chose the bright, open bar seating area for lunch and started with a southern classic, pimento cheese dip. Pimento cheese was something I not only never ate but never really even heard of until I moved to the south less than 2 years ago.
And I seem to order it quite a bit. This dip was a lot creamier and thicker than I’ve had. The kettle chips were a perfect dipper. And we obviously need more. Our waitress didn’t even wait for us to ask.After gorging myself on chips and anticipating the highly touted dessert menu, I decided to keep it light and ordered the Chili-Glazed Salmon with the casserole of the day (cauliflower) and a side salad.
The crispy topping on the casserole added the perfect crunch to the creamy and cheesy casserole and the homemade salad dressing was delicious.
My fellow teachers went with the sandwich menu.
So Club on a delicious on a crispy roll and Pesto Chicken Salad with grapes and pecans. Both great lunch options. But the real show stopper was the Banana Puddin’…Toasted marshmallow meringue topping elevated this southern dessert into a masterpiece. The inside featured layers of rich, thick, creamy pudding that had to be made with crack. Or maybe sweetened condensed milk or heavy cream. Either way. Slices of banana and soaked vanilla wafers got a makeover when sprinkled with a crunchy, sweet topping, transforming the usual mushy inside of banana pudding into a pleasant textural contrast. “I don’t even like banana pudding, and I can’t stop eating this,” was an exact quote from my dining companions. We easily polished off the pudding and vowed to come back for more.
Savor on Morehead is a funky spot to satisfy your dining needs in West Charlotte. We will definitely be coming back here on the rare teacher work day for some more banana puddin’ and I plan on checking out the dinner menu that Charlotte Magazine is raving about.