Ever since Kindred hit the map in February 2015, dining here has been on my Charlotte bucket list. About 30 minutes north of Charlotte, Kindred is situated in downtown Davidson. Home to Davidson College, the town has all the charm you’d expect from a small southern town. After talking to a friend about how much I wanted to dine at Kindred, we picked a date, made a reservation (a must if you’re eating dinner!), and let the anticipation build. My friend had already dined at Kindred before, but that didn’t lower her excitement. She actually attended Davidson College so was full of great information about the town! Having a “local” show me around the town was incredibly helpful!
We ended up getting lucky with the weather over the weekend and were able to walk around the Davidson campus before our reservation. My friend gave me a driving tour, and once we’d parked for dinner we hopped out and walked around the area of campus that is right next to downtown Davidson. I love seeing college campuses, and especially love hearing my friends memories of their time there! I had an amazing college experience at the University of Georgia, so I get excited and a bit nostalgic talking to others about their experiences!
After walking around campus for a few minutes we headed to Kindred for dinner. While we had a reservation, we still ended up waiting about 15-20 minutes to sit down. As a first time visitor, I had no problem with this! The inside of Kindred is beautiful, and we were able to grab a space at the bar while we waited. As an anglophile, I was incredibly excited to see a Pimm's Cup on the drink menu. Aside from a bar in Athens, Georgia (Highwire Lounge), I haven’t been able to find a good Pimm's Cup close to Charlotte! After a drink at the bar, we headed to our table for the main event.
One of the dishes Kindred is renowned for is their milk bread and fresh, homemade butter. Your first round of milk bread is on the house and since it was only two of us at dinner, one serving of milk bread was plenty. Y’all, the milk bread and homemade butter was out of this world!! After finishing off the milk bread we ordered another round of drinks (another Pimm's Cup for me!) and dug into some appetizers. Kindred suggests family style rounds of dining, which is what my friend and I ordered. We started with the summer squash and crispy oysters, followed by the pork arista and the tagliatelle. Our server suggested 2-3 dishes per person, and she was right on point. Since we’d dug into the milk bread I felt more than satisfied with what we’d ordered. My favorites were the summer squash and the tagliatelle. Throughout our 2 hour meal we started to notice what others around us had ordered and we got a little bit of food envy! Based on the tables around us, the little gem salad and the farmhouse cheeses looked amazing!
Following our meal we finished the night with a slice of the chocolate birthday cake. Kindred is known for the chocolate birthday cake and the milk bread cinnamon roll desserts. While we loved the milk bread appetizer, we felt like we couldn’t handle another serving of milk bread, so we went for the birthday cake. It was delicious! I’m not a huge dessert person, but if a restaurant is known for something then I’ll give it a go - I’m so happy I did!
After dinner we went for a little walk along the main street in downtown Davidson. As the weather was incredibly beautiful (mid 70s and low humidity) it was so nice to walk around, see the town and let our stomachs settle a little. All in all I’m so glad I was able to finally try Kindred, and definitely plan on returning. Their menu changes daily, so I’d love to go back in the fall and see what’s available!
Where have you been wanting to dine? I always have a list going, and am slowly but surely knocking a few off!