If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that our Davidson Food Tour got off to a sumptuous and bountiful start at Toast of Davidson, The Soda Shop, and Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse. Next we were granted a brief reprieve from food consumption as we set out one of the longer walks of the tour to Davidson Beverage Company, a Craft Beer business owned by John Baker.
Davidson Beverage Company, located at 442 S Main St, has 6 rotating taps and we were treated to a sample of each of the beers currently on tap, including Carver Sweet Potato Beer and Ramble on Red which is produced by NoDa brewing Company located in Charlotte.
Davidson Beverage Company offers over 300 craft beer choices and sells a large selection of cold singles. The intention is that you will try something new while you are there and take home a 6-pack or case if you like it.
After finishing our beer samples, we were off to Restaurant X for dessert. Restaurant X is a small, cozy restaurant with only about 10 tables inside and a slightly larger outdoor area and is owned and operated by Chris and Christina Phillips. Because Restaurant X is normally only open for dinner on Saturdays, we had the place to ourselves. We were told an interesting story about the restaurant’s name by our host. Hopefully I remember it correctly as I was partially in a food-induced coma by this point. When the restaurant was still in the planning phases and hadn’t been named, it was referred to as Restaurant X on the paper work. After people repeatedly saying to them, “what are you going to name the restaurant, you can’t call it restaurant X?’, Chris and Christina thought, “well actually yes we can call it Restaurant X and we will”. (Or something to that effect. Remember the food induced coma and the beer tasting, right?)
Anyways, I was happy that the portion sizes at Restaurant X were reasonable. We were each served a sample of Belgian Chocolate Mousse and Banoffee (banana and toffee on gingersnap crust). Both were delicious with just the right amount of sweetness.
Oh- incidentally, Restaurant X will be having a Father’s Day Brunch on June 17th.
With our sugar high, we proceeded on to the next stop on the tour, Campania, a family owned and operated Italian restaurant located in a building that was formally an icehouse. Lunch is served daily Monday through Friday and dinner begins at 5pm.
The atmosphere in Campania is warm and rustic with exposed brick walls. Our hosts were owners Nancy and Vincent DiGiorgio. We were fortunate to get them all to ourselves since the restaurant wasn’t open to the public at the time. They were extremely gracious and it was a pleasure to hear them talk about their business withsuch passion and love. Nancy and Vincent moved down from New Jersey a number of years ago and specifically choose Davidson as the place they wanted to open their restaurant after looking at many different areas.
We were served eggplant rollatini and thank goodness they added a salad to lighten the meal up a bit. I love the opportunity to eat eggplant in a restaurant because it’s something I rarely cook at home. The eggplant was thinly cut and very fresh, with no taste of bitterness. With a cheesy filling and fresh tomato sauce, it definitely pleased everyone’s palate.
Can’t wait to have another dining experience at Campania.
Finally, we made it to the last stop on the tour! At this point my stomach didn’t know what in the world was going on. Anyone who knows me well knows I can consume large quantities of food, but I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten for 4 hours pretty much nonstop.
Located in the refurbished Davidson Cotton Mill, a 120 year old building, The Brickhouse Tavern has been in business for over 9 years. Judging by the number of people there at 5:30, it’s a pretty popular place. The atmosphere at Brickhouse is young and energetic and it was the perfect place to end the tour on a festive note.
We were served a delicious rib, slow-cooked and then chargrilled, served with ranch coleslaw. The owner spent a good deal of time talking to us even though it was obvious the restaurant was busy and he had work to do.
Looking back on the tour, I really have to say I loved all the businesses and would like to return to each and sample more of their food.
If you are interested in buying tickets to the next Tour de Food Davidson Tour, visit www.tourdefood.net.
Lisa Schnurr does a fantastic job running the tour. She’s passionate about food, knowledgable about the restaurants, friendly, and obviously very organized. I don’t know how she arranged it so that we had a very minimal wait for food at each restaurant, but she did.
It is with great anticipation that I wait for Tour de Food’s NoDa Tour to debut!