Choose your own table and a server will deliver your food. / Elisabeth Richardson

(Elisabeth Richardson) The locals know to eat here, but if you’re new to the area, you may have missed The Pickled Peach because it doesn’t face a main road but is tucked behind Ben & Jerry’s on Main Street in Davidson. Away from the bustle of the street, its porch opens up into a green space, providing the ideal al fresco experience.

When you get there, you might see a bit of a line. Don’t worry; it moves quickly and, really, isn’t that a sign that it’s a fabulous place to eat?

The menu offers handcrafted sandwiches on fresh bread, salads, and daily soups—on my most recent visit, it had Greek lemon rice, vegan red lentil mushroom, and curry beef and red lentil. A board announces where it sources its vegetables from local farmers, and this commitment to bringing the freshest ingredients possible sets its food apart from other places.

Falafel Salad / Elisabeth Richardson

I usually get the falafel salad—creamy cucumber salad, warm pita chips, spring lettuces tossed with red wine vinaigrette, and of course, falafel. I have never had a better falafel salad anywhere. (And I overhead the lady next to me echo this.) The cucumber salad is light, the lettuce is always very fresh, and the falafel has just the right seasoning.

My sister tried the hay smoked burrata salad (fresh mozzarella with a cream center), which features roasted sweet potato, bacon, spring greens, and lemon walnut vinaigrette. I kept sneaking food off her plate—especially the bacon. My sister-in-law prefers the grilled halloumi (delicious cheese from Cyprus), which boasts roasted tomato, kalamata olives, red onion, lemon zest, spring lettuces, and red wine vinaigrette.

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich / Elisabeth Richardson
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich / Elisabeth Richardson
White Bean Hummus Wrapped in Collard Greens / Sharon Mead
White Bean Hummus Wrapped in Collard Greens / Sharon Mead

Sandwiches are available on multi-grain bread, gluten-free bread, or collard wrap. They’re all good, and most have a nod to our Southern roots—bacon with a fried green tomato, cornmeal fried shrimp, slow braised and pulled chicken with apple cider ginger coleslaw, and more.

Citrus green, blueberry, raspberry green, sweetened, and unsweetened tea / Elisabeth Richardson
Citrus green, blueberry, raspberry green, sweetened, and unsweetened tea / Elisabeth Richardson

The drink choices have been carefully curated. Local craft beer is available on tap as well as wine, but I’d order the iced tea. Enjoy every last drop and then get a refill on your way out the door. You’re Southern. You love tea, and this is some of the best.

Choose your own table and a server will deliver your food. / Elisabeth Richardson
Choose your own table and a server will deliver your food. / Elisabeth Richardson

The covered porch provides the perfect place to enjoy your meal. Fans circulate overhead and a cross breeze makes even North Carolina summers drop to a perfect temperature. There is individual seating and rectangular tables that seat eight and encourage multiple parties to eat together. I love this because it fosters community.

Desserts for every palette / Elisabeth Richardson
Desserts for every palette / Elisabeth Richardson

After your meal, try the handmade desserts. The Gluten-free brownies sell out quickly; other choices include oatmeal cream pies, granola bars, strawberry bread pudding, lemon bars with oatmeal cookie crust, regular and gluten-free brownies, coconut chews, and more.

And if you want to linger in Davidson a bit, go next door and get a cup of coffee at Summit and then take in all the downtown has to offer.

The Pickled Peach is currently open every day but Monday, 11am-7pm, but I overheard one of the owners say that they might expand to Monday soon. He and his wife are on-site every day—cooking, serving, and talking with customers. You can tell that they love what they do and I know you’ll love it too.

Check them out at 202 South Main Street, Suite E, Davidson.

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