In Charlotte’s urban center, where buildings tower overhead, a 27-seat restaurant quietly serves gourmet dinners with Carolina-sourced ingredients and desserts that are decidedly Southern. Savannah Red feels like a secret. It’s almost hidden in a red-walled, intimate dining room, inside the grand Charlotte Marriott City Center on Trade Street. The star sweet in the modern space is the Krispy Kreme bread pudding, with a caramel-bourbon sauce that Chef de Cuisine Billy Brown lights aflame tableside. The dessert’s fiery effect mirrors the various forms of firelight captured in framed photographs on the wall above. “Couples like to share this one,” Brown says of the gooey confection. Not surprising in this sultry, Savannah-style room.

Savannah Red
100 West Trade Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 358-6524

Visit the rest of the delectable independent, local bakeries in Our State‘s North Carolina dessert tour:
The Sisters McMullen
Mountain Pie Company
Jimmie’s Sweets
Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery
Bread of Heaven Bakery
Cheesecakes by Alex
Paul’s Pastry Shop
Seaside Cheesecake Dessert Shoppe
Bailey Café
The Bakehouse
Sugar on Front Street

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