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Sassy Southern specialties at Savvor

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Where to Savvor Restaurant & Lounge, a new Leather District spot serving Caribbean and Southern food.

What for A sassy take on regional specialties from a chef, Carey Dobies, who previously worked at UpStairs on the Square. Expect a sense of humor — a recent “Walking Dead”-themed night, for instance, brought blood sausage and zombie cocktails along with a viewing of the show.

The scene Friends sit before tables groaning with food. They are wearing jewel tones that complement the turquoise upholstery. The space is lair-like, with plenty of narrow spaces, brick walls, dangling lights, and flickering candles. Beyoncé and Pharrell are on the soundtrack, as zombies march across the television screen above the bar.


What you’re eating There are Southern staples such as shrimp and grits and gumbo, along with twists. Chicken and waffles is actually quail, and there’s a chicken-fried double pork chop for sharing. Among the blackboard specials, you might find the likes of yaka mein, a Chinese-ish noodle soup found in New Orleans. Here it’s made with oxtail and brisket.

Care for a drink? In addition to wine and beer, there are cocktails classic and invented. The Flip n Stout is made with rum, honey, lemon, Slumbrew porter, and egg white. It’s like a boozy coffee shake.

Overheard Talk about cars, accidents, hometowns, and traumatic love. “Talk about twisted valentines!” one person exclaims. A bartender and a patron talk “Walking Dead”: “I don’t get it, but I don’t get zombies. I’m a vampire person. I think you’re either a vampire person or a zombie person.” A feast is in progress at a table. “Oh god, there’s more? What’s happening now?” one person asks. “Yaka mein! It’s a thing!” Next up, the giant pork chop. “How do we feel about it? It’s delish?” “It’s delish!” It all leads to the inevitable conclusion. “Can you bring shots of Fernet for the whole table?”


180 Lincoln St., Leather District, Boston. 857-250-2165. www.savvorbostonlounge.com.

Devra First can be reached at dfirst@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @devrafirst.