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.
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.
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.
The Ranch - Las Colinas
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.
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.
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
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.
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen - McKinney
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.
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.
Have you tried any of these spots, or do you have a favorite that should be shared? Let us know in the comments below.