Updated – An Insider’s Guide to Davidson, NC Dining – Who is Open/Delivering

3/18/2020 ***Article updated to reveal who is OPEN*** Please check for accuracy taken from Social Media and a Visit LKN compiled list***

Why was Davidson, NC recently ranked the #10 Food Town in the South by Southern Living? article. Visit our great, local restaurants to find out why. Here is a list of your dining options in Historic Downtown Davidson, NC. All of these are easy walking distance from Davidson College. Enjoy!


The Bar at Flatiron – Community gathering

Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse – 215 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

*** Open for Take out/Cubside Delivery and Delivery 4-8pm

Want to hang out with friends for a drink, meet for lunch or have a locally sourced dinner, Flatiron is a Davidson staple. You will see neighbor and friends around the circular bar. A personal favorite is Hickory Grilled Wagyu Beef Sliders, Cheddar, Bacon-Onion Jam, House Pickles $12.

Specials: First Tuesday of every month – Join them for a Wine Education class & tasting with our in-house Certified Sommelier, Kevin Parks at 7pm.

Entire wine list – HALF OFF!

website – Menus included

Executive Chef: Bill Schutz

A Mandolinos Pizza – So Good

Mandolinos Artisan Pizza – 208 South Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open for Takeout/Curbside – 4-8pm

Mandolinos has become the pizza place in Davidson. Great event/music space upstairs, outside seating and a cool vibe. Look out for the musical acts they host some weekends. They host trivia every Wednesday night. The sheet pan pizza is scratch-made and brick-oven baked at 700 degrees, a style historically known as “Grandma Style Pizza.” Personal favorites include The Tupelo Honey (Ricotta, Gorgonzola, Fig Honey, Calabrian Chiles, Thyme) – $23 and Pigs On The Wing ( Red Sauce, Mozzarella, Italian Sausage, Fennel) – $23. The innovative topping combinations really work!

Website – with menus

Executive Chef: Bill Schutz

The Vermont Icon

Ben and Jerry‘s – 202 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

*** Ben & Jerry’s in Davidson, in light of Covid -19 and new regulations, will be open 3-9 pm each day for takeout, and deliveries. Each customer coming in will receive a Buy one, Get one free waffle cone coupon to use on their next visit. Need a shake, or pint fix, you can order online with @UberEATS, @grubhub, @postmates and @doordash or order a cake via https://www.benjerry.com/davidson/cakes to pick up. Thank you for all your support and supporting the safety of my staff. We are grateful to our Davidsonians for the support over the last 26 years. Allow us bring a smile to your face and tummy during this time.

Not much to add except FREE cone day creates lines around the block. You will see that this location/manager continue to win awards in the Ben and Jerry’s family for good reason!

Dine outside at The Pickled Peach

The Pickled Peach202 S Main St, Davidson, NC

***Open Normal Hours – Takeout/Curbside

Great indoor and outside space with a new market. Farm to table sandwiches and salads. Very nice drink selection. Personal favorite is the Meatball sandwich.

Website – with menus

The Soda Shop – 104 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Takeout/Curbside 11am-2pm and 5-7pm

The iconic Soda Shop defines historic downtown Davidson. The decorations are 1950s and Davidson Wildcats related. The broad menu is perfect for family outings. Lots for kids. Floats, sundaes and shakes are awesome and classic. The Carolina Burger is a personal favorite.

Website – with menu


The Famous Toastery – 101 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Normal Hours for now – Takeout/Curbside & Delivery

Davidson is where this fast-growing franchise began. Toast offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu with quality food. They are dog friendly outside on their patio, so it is a popular spot with the region’s giant, canine population. Personal favorite is the Buffalo Chicken Wrap.

Website – with Menus

Outside Dining

Mestizo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine – 121 N Main Street, Davidson, NC

***Open Normal Hours – Takeout/Curbside & Delivery

High quality, tasty Mexican food with a full bar. Mestizo offers two exquisite dining areas. The outside dining has absolutely the best views of all the outside dining options in Davidson and features the natural gardens of the Post office as well as a view of the Village Green and the College Church. In the fall and spring the trees are absolutely glorious and the patio faces the southwest direction and absorbs all the spectacular sunsets. The indoor dining room space is both very intimate and elegant with its eclectic antique nostalgic thread hanging lights with steeple and intricate filament designs. The walls are painted in very appealing calming colors that accentuate both your pallet and your mood. Some of my antique redwood cedar fixtures from the “old Drugstore” in Davidson are beautifully highlighted in the restaurant as well as the antique “weight scales” from same.

Website – with menus

The Bar at Kindred

Kindred – 131 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Normal Hours – Takeout/Curbside & Delivery/$5.00 Fee

Kindred is a chef-driven restaurant run by Davidson natives Joe and Katy Kindred. It has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and is widely consider one of the top restaurants in the country. Kindred is a continual draw to the area and is loved by locals and visitors. Make sure you make a reservation. Kindred offers dining inside and outside. Personal favorites are the milk bread and any squid ink pasta dish they create.

Website – sample menu

Davidson Wine Co – 121 Depot St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Carryout/Curbside T-Sat 4-8pm

Another brand new entry into Davidson dining scene.

Nestled in the historic business district, their location was once an organ making shop. You will see the rich history reflected throughout The space. The Wine Co offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for enjoying wine while spending time with friends and family.They offer wine tasting, wine drinking, bottling parties, and more! The crab cakes were very nice.

Website – with menus

Il Bosco – 127 Depot St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open 5-8pm Carryout/Curbside

Offering regional Italian cuisine and a wide variety of hand selected Italian wines to pair with seasonal menus created by Chef Joseph Hermann.  Menus include regional antipasti,  homemade pasta, and meat dishes as well as daily seafood and dessert specials. Seasonal menus change frequently to exhibit fresh ingredients and recipes from throughout Italy.  Personal favorite is the mussels.

Menu Website

Executive Chef: Joseph Hermann


Travel down Main Street toward Cornelius and you’ll find a selection a great food establishments.

Yummy Bowls at Davidson Ice House

Davidson Ice House – 416 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Normal Hours Takeout/Curbside & Delivery

Chef & national food writer, Jenny Brulé created Davidson Ice House as a healthy, tasty alternative in a historic Davidson building. Built in 1922, the building is packed full of historic charm, from exposed brick walls, to steel girder beams, to the original wide pine floors. Personal favorite – Build your Own Bowl.

Website – with menu

Beautiful Dish – Restaurant X

Restaurant X – 408 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Thurs-Sat 5-9pm Pickup/Curbside

Very cool menu at this bistro. Enjoy a mix of classics, soul food and mediterranean entrees. A fun spot in SOMA Davidson. Known for a great brunch and dinner.


Whits Frozen Custard – 428 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Normal Hours – Takeout/Curbside

Ready for dessert or an afternoon treat. Whits is the spot. Frozen custard chain with vanilla, chocolate & a rotating weekly flavor, plus a range of toppings.


Dine outside

Carrburritos – 445 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm Takeout/Curbside & Delivery

Carrburritos is a Mexican taqueria featuring fresh and sophisticated flavors served in generous portions and made daily on location. Insider tip – Their catering is awesome and reasonable. Used them when we hosted cards and it was easy and delicious! Love their chicken burrito.



Watch the game

Brickhouse Tavern – 209 Delburg St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open 11:30am-7:30pm Takeout/Curbside

Located in an historic cotton mill, the Brickhouse Tavern offers an extensive menu of classic dishes and bold flavors. Guests have their choice of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, C.A.B. burgers, pastas, seafood, pizza, and other Brickhouse specialties. As a compliment to the superb food, The Brickhouse Tavern offers more than 70 beer selections, including a wide-range of Carolina Craft brews. The largest selection in the Lake Norman area! Tip: A great place to watch the Davidson Wildcats or any sports. Occasional live music. Great pizza. Easy walk from Davidson College.


The Egg at Davidson – 231 Griffith St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open 8am-6pm Takeout/Curbside & Deliver + offering wholesale items too

This is a great family style restaurant to meet with friends and family for breakfast or lunch!  Owners Robert and Eileen McCrary invite you to sit down for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner seven days a week. Enjoy one of their many flavorful omelettes, or a mouth watering Bacon Ceddar Burger in the cozy dining room or outdoor covered patio.Come see for yourself why The Egg Cafe is the premier breakfast spot in the Lake Norman area. From their many Homemade Egg’s Benedicts, to their tasty Ruben Sandwiches…there’s a reason Lake Norman residents choose The Egg Cafe over anywhere else.


Our Town Cinemas – 227 Griffith St, Davidson, NC 28036

***Closed – per their FB page 3/18/20

Not only is Our Town the coolest movie theater out there, but it offers a wide selection of wine, craft beers and food to enjoy during your movie. This is the best place to enjoy a movie in the area.


SABOR – 624 Jetton St #160, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open Normal Hours – Takeout/curbside & Delivery

Sabor Latin Street Grill is an independently, locally owned metro Charlotte concept that focuses on authentic menu offerings from countries such as El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico & Colombia. Tip: $1 Taco Tuesday – enough said.


Breakfast Sandwich

The Original New York Bagels – 610 State Rd 2402, Davidson, NC 28036


Great for breakfast and lunch. They offer a full range of deli and breakfast sandwiches on their bagels as well as selections of cream cheese. The breakfast is really good!


Chargrill Burger and Fries

Chargrill – 624 Jetton Street Davidson Commons Shopping Center, Davidson, NC 28036

***Closed per their FB and Visit LKN

From All-American favorites such as their famous “grilled-in-your-backyard”, char-rock, flame-cooked burgers and too-thick-to pour milkshakes to mouth-watering French fries and crisp apple turnovers, CHAR-GRILL serves up quality menu items at affordable prices.


Sushi at Sabi is Great

Sabi Asian Bistro – 130 Harbour Pl Dr, Davidson, NC 28036

***Open 12-8pm Takeout/Curbside & Delivery Minimum $25/ $5-10 fee

Sabi is Davidson’s go to for Asian Food. Always consistently great with a full bar. The Sushi is awesome with many specialty rolls that will please. The Wildcat Roll is my favorite.


Subway – 1 Harbour Pl Dr, Davidson, NC 28036



Waterfront at North Harbor Club

North Harbor Club – 100 N Harbor Pl, Davidson, NC 28036

***Closed per their FB and Visit LKN

Regatta-themed New American fine-dining destination with waterfront patio & 9 boat slips for guests. Great for brunch. Nice to sit outside and enjoy the lake views.


Live Music at The Cabin

The Cabin – 400 N Harbor Pl Dr, Davidson, NC 28036

***CLosed per FB

Catch live music most Friday, Saturday and most Sundays at the Cabin.

Nice Wine. Nice Setting

The Cottage & The Barrel– 200 N Harbor Pl, Davidson, NC 28036

***Curside Wine Delivery

COTTAGE -704-237-3629
BARREL – 704-663-0058

Known for great wine pours every day and soup night many Thursdays often with Live Music. Nice waterfront setting to relax in.


Smokey J’s BBQ – 1827 Shearers Road

**OPEN Normal hours – Takeout

Facebook page – here

Total Events Cateringwebsite – delivery available

The Davidson Dining Guide is brought to you by Clark Goff – Davidson’s Realtor. Questions about Davidson? Call Clark 704 996-0948. www.mitrealtor.com

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