My friend Anne is a loyal newspaper reader like I am, so we were both excited when the Observer published a list of The Tar Heel 25 in June. It's a compilation of "must-eat" experiences from across the state.
We made a day trip to Davidson on Saturday to eat lunch at the Soda Shop (another fun outing; I had the egg salad sandwich and a cherry limeade, and Anne had the chicken salad sandwich and a limeade). Then we took the back roads through Huntersville to the Bradford Store, #19 on the list.
Here's how they described it:
You know those fake country stores designed to pull in tourists? Bradford Store isn't one of them. It's the real thing, right down to the woodstove. Even more real: owner Kim Bradford's dedication to local products. Pull up a rocker, open a Mooresville-made Uncle Scott's Root Beer from the cooler and sit a spell to think about that.
As soon as we pulled up and saw the field of wildflowers out front, I knew I was going to like this place. I bought fresh goat cheese (regular and pepper-rolled), a big bag of yellow grits for $3, and three dozen garlic-cheese biscuits. I can't remember the name, but they sell them at the Yorkmount Farmers' Market, and they are to die for. I was jazzed! (Neil and Nate, I was so sad I didn't have these for our country lunch in July...next time I will plan ahead.)
The other highlight of the day was buying the super-fun pink and orange bag you see in the picture. I got it in Davidson at a great little gift shop and can't wait to use it to bring my lunch to work. Just because you're not going back to school doesn't mean you don't need a back to school lunchbox!