Anyone that lived through the great gluten free drought of the nineties and noughties will relate to the years spent dribbling over burgers, pizza, garlic dough balls and freshly baked bread. The demand for gluten free products was minimal and the poor ‘free-from-ers’ such as myself had to make do with gluten free prescription goodies, naked burgers and the cardinal sin of onion rings without the batter – believe me, they existed!
It is then no surprise that I bloody love a burger when I know I can get a gluten free bun. On a recent visit to my old childhood holibobs destination of Dartmouth, I tried and tested what my Dad would refer to as ‘THE BEST EVER!’ Now I know I recently boasted about Burger Theory being the bees knees, but let me tell you, I’ve loved and left since then.
After stumbling, sorry, walking out of the oldest pub in Dartmouth, The Seven Stars, me and my boyfriend were looking for somewhere where we could both eat like a horse as both standard and gluten free diners. Kendricks was busy and being a Saturday night, we assumed we wouldn’t be able to get in. Thankfully, we were placed at a small window table, perfect for watching the hammering rain come down inside safe in the knowledge that we were safe and dry.
The menu stated that burgers could be ordered with a gluten free bun and so I opted for Bob’s Big Boy, containing not one, but two 6oz steak patties with crispy pancetta, gherkin, tomato, lettuce, red onion and seasoned fries. I knew I was on to a good thing when the plate arrived and my burger stood proudly atop like the Grand Canyon, confident in its ability to impress. The gluten free bun was out of this world and I guessed that it had probably been freshly baked in a local bakery rather than shop brought. The beef patty, which apparently was made on site, tasted fresh, flavoursome and plentiful – in fact, it was possibly the best patty I’ve ever tasted in a restaurant.
Kendrick’s motto is ‘Think Global Eat Local’ and after tasting both the meat and the bread, I do believe that where possible they source locally. I ordered a Plymouth Gin to wash my burger down with, after all, I’m all about tasting local produce, whether in food or drinks form.
The menu at Kendrick’s isn’t extensive, but it doesn’t need to be. If you’re passionate about eating quality sourced burgers, steaks, ribs, fajitas and the like, this place is for you. Quite frankly, Kendrick’s is a true foodie paradise and offers up an opportunity to take some seriously Instagrammable patty pics. Now tell me Kendrick’s, when are you coming to Brum?