These Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the US Elevate What It Means to Eat Local

It’s all about local ingredients at these culinary hotspots.

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Pasture

When you think of a farm-t0-table restaurant, seasonal and local ingredients come to mind, and whether the chef gets those heirloom vegetables, artisanal goat cheese, or grass-fed beef directly from a farm, dairy, or ranch — or simply buys what's fresh at the local farmers market — whatever you order is going to be fresh. Get back to culinary basics at these fabulous farm-to-table restaurants around the country.

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Farm Spirit — Portland

Chef Aaron Adams' Farm Spirit vegan restaurant in Portland's Buckman section celebrates the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. Book a place at the 14-seat chef's counter, and dine on a series of plant-based dishes, including basil dumplings, carrot jerky, and asparagus topped with black garlic.

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Woodberry Kitchen baltimore
Woodberry Kitchen
Woodberry Kitchen — Baltimore

Woodberry Kitchen, housed in a former flour mill, is one of the pioneers of Baltimore's farm-t0-table movement. The menu, which relies on the bounty of the Chesapeake region, features dishes such as sweet potato flatbread and slow-roasted duck leg with wheat berries and carrots.

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Pasture — Richmond, Virginia 
Pasture
Pasture — Richmond, Virginia

Dig into Southern-inspired farm-to-table fare, such as vegetarian chili, crispy ham-cured pork ribs, and Brussels sprouts with roasted butternut squash at Pasture. Be sure to try one of its seasonal cocktails, such as the Surry, made with bourbon, smoked ginger syrup, lemon juice, and soda.

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Blue Hill at Stone Barns — Pocantico Hills, New York

Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns is one of the country's top farm-to-table destinations. In addition to the award-winning restaurant, which serves multi-course tasting menus, the 80-acre working farm includes gardens, pastures, greenhouses, and barns. There's also a sister restaurant in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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Farm & Table — Albuquerque

With a name like Farm & Table, you know you're in for a super fresh, locally sourced meal. This popular Albuquerque restaurant, which gets most of its produce from nearby Sol Harvest farm, offers dishes like grilled artichoke hearts with goat cheese and duck breast in a ginger plum sauce and served with micro greens.

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Mabel Gray — Hazel Park, Michigan

Just north of Detroit, a city that's very much on the upswing, is this farm-to-table hotspot. There's no set menu — rather, chef James Rigato and his staff prepare dishes from scratch using the freshest ingredients available from his suppliers, which include area farmers, butchers, and foragers.

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FIG — Charleston
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FIG — Charleston

For a small city, Charleston has a first-rate culinary scene, with plenty of places for first-rate farm-to-table fare, including FIG fr0m chef Mike Lata. He works with local farmers and fishermen to create small plates with a low-country twist, such as mustard-crusted swordfish with polenta with a side of John's Island beets.

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Spruce — San Francisco

San Francisco has no shortage of farm-to-table spots, including State Bird Provisions and sister spot The Progress, but the Mark Sullivan-helmed Spruce has its own farm, which provides the bulk of the restaurant's produce. Expect dishes such as carrot soup with tumeric and risotto with black trumpet mushrooms and fava beans.

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Locally Grown Gardens — Indianapolis 
Locally Grown Gardens
Locally Grown Gardens — Indianapolis

While many know Indy for its steaks (St. Elmo is a can't-miss steakhouse), it also has a growing farm-to-table scene at places like Locally Grown Gardens, which serves seasonal dishes like mozzarella-and-tomatoes and free-range chicken. There's also Bluebeard and The Loft, located on a working dairy farm.

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The Local — Naples, Florida 
The Local
The Local — Naples, Florida

This farm-to-table restaurant in Naples is helmed by Jeff Mitchell, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America. The decor features natural wood-plank floors and retro warehouse lamps, and the menu has everything from roasted beet salad and blackened fish tacos to veg flatbreads and Palmetto Creek Farms pork chops.

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Mahina & Sun's — Honolulu

At Mahina & Sun's in the retro-hip Surfjack Hotel, you can sample the very best ingredients from around the island of Oahu and Hawaii in general, whether they're from farmlands or coastal waters. Sample dishes such as grilled he'e (octopus), opah (moonfish), kahala (amberjack) crudo, and Kunoa steak with fennel.

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Supper — San Antonio

Located within the Hotel Emma in San Antonio's trendy Pearl District is Supper, a bistro with farm-to-table fare, such as a kale-and-apple salad and smoked quail with pickled corn relish and mashed potatoes. While you're in the Pearl District, check out the Bottling Department, a snazzy new food hall.

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Fruition — Denver 
Fruition
Fruition — Denver

This longtime staple of Denver's farm-to-table scene comes courtesy of chef Alex Seidel, a pioneer in the city when it comes to local and seasonal cuisine. Expect items like Maple Leaf Farms duck and cauliflower steak in a lentil vinaigrette, along with seasonal craft cocktails, including a mint julep.