Clearly Exceptional


Terri Taylor  |  Photos by Savor
November 22, 2013

When describing the interior of his new gastropub Savor, executive chef John Coleman sweeps his hand floor-to-ceiling and points past a glass wall to Klyde Warren Park. “It’s all about openness and views,” he says. “Out there — that’s the most beautiful space in town.” Savor, the only full-service restaurant within KWP’s perimeter, is a glassy jewel box designed to blur the lines between inside and out. Wraparound porches snuggle up to the park’s expansive lawn, offering ringside seats for events and activities. The restaurant is evenly divided between the bar area and dining room, and both share the same polished and casual menu. (For those who prefer strolling, the attached food kiosk Relish — Coleman’s “food truck without wheels” — offers a morning-to-evening grab-and-go menu.) Nab one of the entry pavilion’s comfy modular sofas, or mingle at the sleek centerpiece bar where affable mixologists serve craft drinks as well as food. A partitioning keg wall stores the rotating selection of beer and wines on tap. Small plates include plenty of sharable items, such as the moist, flaky cornbread crab cakes with Thai curry sauce, and crispy shrimp and calamari. On the full-plate menu, try entrées such as the bourbon-cured roasted salmon with apple chutney or the hearty chile-braised short rib with smoked pecan gremolata and aged-cheddar mac. At night, the room glitters with reflections of twinkle-lit trees and bold skyscrapers. Blue halos spotlight the ceiling’s detailed punchwork, a design meant to mirror the canopy of trees just beyond the glass walls. 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, 214.306.5597;