Kindred, the restaurant Joe and Katy Kindred carved from an immaculate renovation in his hometown, has made the list of Bon Appetit’s 50 nominees for Best New Restaurants of 2015. (From that list, 10 will make the final list, announced Aug. 18.) Chef Joe Kindred had most recently worked at Rooster’s in Charlotte and also boasts experience at Delfina in San Francisco (as well as The Pump Room in Chicago), while sommelier Katy Kindred (also a Pump Room alum) brings extensive wine experience. The place opened in February, and won a mention in the most recent edition of Garden & Gun, as well; it’s at 131 N. Main St.; 980-231-5000; www.kindreddavidson.com.
For those following along on the national-spotlight-count, this is roughly infinitely more significant than the recent Food & Wine mention of Charlotte by its beer writer, who’s also a comedian, though that’s still a nice note on some places to stop. Husk, Charleston’s now-famous spot from chef Sean Brock, was named Bon Appetit’s Best New in 2011. Charleston, as usual, has more in the pipeline: Artisan Meat Share and Leon’s Oyster Shop are on the 2015 list. I haven’t been to AMS, though I’ve had Craig Deihl’s charcuterie and am a fan; Leon’s I wrote about here -- short version: loved it. But I’d put Kindred above both, so far.