Farm-to-Table has become a very trendy buzz phrase in the food biz. Dozens of restaurants are capitalizing on labels like fresh, local, and/or organic to boost their business. But enjoying the food is far more fun than examining the label, so we did the search and left the best part for you.

To make our list, a restaurant had to list at least some local food sources on its website or menu. Many of the places we’ve chosen boast quite a few, and most change their menu seasonally or even more frequently. One has a garden on site, one owns a family farm, while others make excellent use of their town’s Farmers Market. Several offer wine, beer or spirits from Texas producers too.

We found far more than eight places that qualify – here are some you may not already know about.

Garden Café - Dallas

You can take farm-to-table literally at Garden Café in old East Dallas. The organic garden that supplies many of their herbs and vegetables is right out back. They also use grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, and fair trade coffee. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, this charming eatery was doing made-from-scratch, local, and ultra-fresh long before it became a thing. Their veggie selections change daily as does their array of made-from-scratch pies and baked goods.

LOCATION

5310 Junius St

Dallas, TX  | Route Map

TURF: East Dallas

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

The patio looks like something out of a fairy tale, and it’s dog-friendly. Daily specials, seasonal salads, and vegetarian options put “something for everyone” on the menu.

Categories: Fun Food

FnG Eats in Keller

From the Primadita and other Mexican-inspired appetizers to the Lemon Thyme Cheesecake for dessert, FnG offers fun dishes and new twists on old favorites. Made with fresh ingredients from the Keller Farmers Market and other local shops, the food showcases the creative talents of its two hometown chef owners. Weekly flatbread creations called Keller Flats and daily crème brulee offerings keep returning customers asking for more.

LOCATION

201 Town Center Lane, Suite 1101

Keller, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Keller (NW Suburbs)

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

The menu is as much fun to read as it is to order from. The Triple Dip offers three dips unlike any you’ve ever had.

Categories: Fun Food

Clay Pigeon Food and Drink - Fort Worth

It’s not just food that’s locally sourced at this family restaurant. Executive Chef and Owner Marcus Paisley was born and raised in Arlington. Clay Pigeon Food and Drink takes scratch-made to a whole new level with made-in-house bread and ice cream - even butchering and charcuterie preparation is done on site.

LOCATION

2731 White Settlement Rd

Ft Worth, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Ft Worth

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

It’s always a good thing when you see the word “Today’s” on a menu. Choose Today’s House Made Pasta, Fresh Catch, or Wood-fired steak, or daily Charcuterie appetizer for the table.

Categories: Fun Food

The Ranch - Las Colinas

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Gulf coast shrimp and crab, Brazos Valley and Dallas Co cheeses, and local mushrooms and other vegetables shine on the menu at The Ranch in Las Colinas. Texas whiskey and beer flights are great before during or after Texas-themed starter, lunch, and dinner offerings.

LOCATION

857 W. John Carpenter Freeway

Irving, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Las Colinas - Irving

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

Live music from Texas bands several nights a week makes the atmosphere as lively as the food. You can book (surprisingly affordable) helicopter tours right on site.

Categories: Fun Food

Prime Farm to Table - Flower Mound

Executive Chef and Owner Chris Flahaven frequently visits with diners at Prime in Flower Mound. Ingredients for menu items come from a traceable supply chain, which might include local JBG Organics or Windy Meadows Family Farm. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday (10-3), Prime’s décor is modern and minimalist, while the food is both sustainable and sublime.

LOCATION

5810 Long Prairie Road, Suite 200

Flower Mound, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Flower Mound

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

The daily menu features the adventurous – Octopus salad – to the familiar -meat loaf.. Several already awesome dessert offerings are topped with locally made Henry’s ice cream (Plano.)

Categories: Fun Food

Texas Spice - Dallas

Texas Spice - Dallas

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Southern style dishes made with local ingredients attract locals and visitors alike to Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The menu mentions local 44 Farms by name as a beef provider and other dishes feature local cheese and pork as well as farmers market vegetables. Some gluten-free options are available upon request.

LOCATION

555 S Lamar

Dallas, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Downtown Dallas

Website

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

Western themed décor and a Texas-size patio capture Dallas flavor. Breakfast buffet is offered daily along with breakfast, lunch, and menus.

Categories: Fun Food

Harvest Seasonal Kitchen - McKinney

Harvest Seasonal Kitchen - McKinney

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Located in the Historic Downtown McKinney square, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen does indeed offer seasonal menus – pretty amazing ones, from what we’ve seen so far. They strongly emphasize local and regional products, with nearby farm sources of produce, dairy, meat, and grocery listed on their website. They also have their own farm, Water Boy Farms in Lucas, Texas, which provides honey, cage-free chickens, and flowers in addition to organic vegetables.

LOCATION

112 E. Louisiana St

McKinney, TX  | Route Map

TURF: McKinney

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

Harvest offers a selection of Texas wines, beers, and whiskeys. The simplicity is great, and fresh makes it better - the chicken fried steak and deviled eggs look mighty fine.

Categories: Fun Food

Dorothy’s Kitchen Table - Denton

Built around the concepts of wholesome food and neighborly community, Dorothy’s Kitchen Table is truly a gem in the farm-to-table niche. Fueled by the community and volunteers, this restaurant and meeting space in a little pink house truly puts it money where its mouth is when it comes to sustainable agriculture and a commitment to sharing life, love, and food.

Serving breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays and dinner on Fridays, this special spot’s ever-changing menu uses organic veggies from nearby Earthwise Gardens, Cardo’s Farm Project, and Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. Diners are invited to pay-what-you-can, giving supporters the opportunity to deliver valuable backing to the local food movement.

LOCATION

511 Robertson St

Denton, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Denton

Website 

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

Saturday community events and many volunteering opportunities let you be a part of the movement and Dorothy’s mission. Chefs can apply to be a lead chef for one of their scheduled meals.

Categories: Fun Food

Have you tried any of these spots, or do you have a favorite that should be shared? Let us know in the comments below.