Step inside the ultimate locals' spot.

By Brennan Long
March 20, 2018
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Every meal at Kindred starts with a cluster of milk bread, the restaurant's signature item. The soft, slightly sweet, straight-from-the-oven rolls are Katy and Joe Kindred's first gift to their guests—a gesture that sets the tone for the entire meal.

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With just over 12,000 people, the college town of Davidson isn't the typical place you'd find a James Beard Award-semifinalist chef, but this town's charm adds to the double meaning of the restaurant's name.

In a cozy brick building that once housed the town pharmacy, neighbors sip seasonal frozen cocktails and share plates of crispy oysters at the marble soda fountain-inspired bar. Local farmers, many of them Joe's friends, influence the ever-changing menu of house-made pastas that staffers are eager to describe to first-time diners.

In a perfect world, every small town would have a restaurant this special, a place where friends could celebrate a memorable occasion or just a night out with a bottle of wine and a slice of fudgy birthday cake topped with ice cream and sprinkles. Kindred shows us the possibilities.