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restaurants with local in season produce

amitnigam Aug 25, 2007 02:30 PM

It is summer and the garden is yielding lovely tomatos, peppers and other veggies. Do you guys have suggestions on restaurants that are of consistently high quality that (in the summer at least) focus on using local, in season ingredients?

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    Beef Pattie RE: amitnigam Aug 26, 2007 07:07 AM

    The Gladstone has Harvest Wednesday where this is their focus. I can't recommend it though as I haven't been to the Gladstone in years - and that was just for beer and karaoke!

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      merlot143 RE: amitnigam Aug 26, 2007 07:34 AM

      Il Fornello is supposed to have a local ingredient menu as addition to their regular one.

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        Apple RE: merlot143 Aug 26, 2007 01:15 PM

        I ate at Il Fornell on Queen's Quay this morning... I mentioned to my friends that the roma tomato was hard as rocks and there was no excuse when there are so many fresh, juicy tomatoes in abundance right now. They mentioned that all of the Il Fornello's except for the one we were on, have the local produce menu (the server mentioned the restaurant gets rammed and they need to ensure a large steady supply of produce)

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          hungryabbey RE: Apple Aug 26, 2007 01:17 PM

          I was at the il fornello in the beaches a couple of weeks ago and ordered off the seasonal menu.. I think I had a beet salad and a pulled pork ravioli, both which were surprisingly good for a chain. Its definetly worth a try if you are close by to a location and are looking for a quick inexpensive meal

      2. Recyclor RE: amitnigam Aug 26, 2007 02:49 PM

        MIght be focussing on veg too much, but I would think Fressen would be into local and top quality produce, Niagra Street Cafe probally too...

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          amitnigam RE: Recyclor Aug 26, 2007 03:16 PM

          I actually quite liked Fressen. We (partner and I) have also liked Get Real cafe (also veg) and cool hand of the girl (the junction). We are not veg, but definitely like in season produce along with flesh at times. I saw the harvest menu from Gladstone, but had no idea as to whether the cooking was actually good. We've never actually been to Il Fornelo or Niagra Street Cafe.

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