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Mar 8, 2007 03:46 AM

Restaurants and "sustainable" foods

For a Significant Birthday, my friend would like to eat at a restaurant that tries to buy local, "sustainable" (i.e., with an eye towards environmentalism, not over-fished, etc.) foods. I know about the White Dog Cafe, but the consensus on the board is the food is not great. Can you offer other suggestions? I was thinking Horizons, but we need more ideas. A place with the good taste to buy local, and cooking that tastes good. Thanks.

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  1. What about Rx in West Philly? When I was there for lunch on a Thursday once, we watched all their local purveyors come in - the baker, the Lancaster chicken guy. It was cool. Thank you.

    1. What about James? I haven't been, but I've heard that's what they're going after:

      1. Haven't been, but Farmacia in Old City was also trying to go that route

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        1. re: Bigley9

          I knew it would be a matter of time before someone mentioned Farmacia. I'd pass on it, since the food there is grossly underseasoned, the service is relatively poor, and the chef is a "graduate" of the White Dog.

          Haven't been but hear very good things about Horizons though!

          1. re: bluehensfan

            good to know. As I said, I hadn't been and I have heard mixed reviews

        2. Bistro 7, excellent BYO in Old City, buys local and organic. The chef/owner, Michael O'Halloran, used to be the executive chef at White Dog Cafe a while ago. I have never been to White Dog, but from what I've read here, it was great back then, but went downhill after Chef O'Halloran left.

          1. Bistro 7, and Django.