By Emma Kent
Southern food always pleases. The team at Kinfolks restaurant in Saltillo knows it, which is why they’re sticking to the classics: Think fried chicken, beans, greens and the like.
“We’re just wanting to do simple, country-style food like everybody’s used to, like grandma makes,” said Seth Copeland.
Copeland opened Kinfolks along with his chef partner Mikey Hunter and his business partner, Jeremy Lewis.
The three updated the old building on the town’s Main Street to make a home for the restaurant, which opened in March.
Although the building already had a lot of the things needed for it to function as a restaurant, Copeland said they did have to do some work to it before opening.
They totally revamped the kitchen and did some other work, including adding new lighting to the building. The 1930s building features an upstairs and downstairs dining area, with a bar on the second floor. With its historic brick walls, vintage ceiling tiles and other original details, the restaurant feels right at home in Saltillo’s downtown.
The building has been home to several restaurants through the years, including The Elegant Farmer, where Copeland once worked as a server.
Kinfolks serves up a range of country favorites for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open for lunch only Monday through Wednesday. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday, and Kinfolks is closed on Sunday.
Plate lunches anchor the lunch menu, which changes daily. The rotating menu can be found posted each day on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
At dinner, steak, shrimp and grits, the porter house pork chop and chicken pasta are favorites.
They’ve also been serving fried quail, a less common dish that Copeland said is becoming more and more popular among customers.
“Everybody that has come in here seems to love everything,” Copeland said.
Copeland said the restaurant has also been dabbling in cajun-style food, putting that twist on some of the Southern dishes they make.
Although Copeland and Hunter have experience cooking all types of food, Copeland said Kinfolks will likely stick to serving classic Southern fare.
With the addition of Kinfolks, Saltillo’s downtown has filled out a little more. The city recently gained Mississippi Main Street status, and its Downtown Main Street Association has been working for a few years now to attract businesses and locals to the area.
“We basically wanted to give these people in Saltillo a great place to eat and a fun place to hang out right here in their own town rather than having to go to Tupelo,” Copeland said.
Kinfolks will eventually host live music and community events. The restaurant can also be rented out for events and occasions.
The Kinfolks trio also own the building next door to the restaurant, and Copeland said they have plans to bring something new to that space for Saltillo residents to enjoy.
“We’re looking forward to growing with the town and seeing which direction they lead us,” Copeland said.