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local farm to table restaurants-what is your favorite?

Smiles2008 Jun 15, 2008 02:11 PM

I am looking to find out what your favorite local farm to table restaurant is -in the DC metro areas? I am personally a member of a CSA, but I only know of a couple of restaurants that hone in on the local farm to table concept, which is getting popular not only here in the states, but also globally.

  1. pikawicca Jun 15, 2008 02:24 PM

    You can't beat The Inn at Little Washington; they've been doing farm to table for many years.

    1. ktmoomau Jun 15, 2008 03:45 PM

      Hook also does it, fyi, they work with local amish or menonite farmers.

      1. DanielK Jun 15, 2008 05:08 PM

        Eve in Alexandria is a great example.

        1. chowser Jun 15, 2008 06:45 PM

          Patowmack Farm near Leesburg has its own farm and menus are based on what they're producing. One Block West in Winchester byus locally, too. But, both are a little drive from DC. Hunters Head Tavern gets its meat from Ayrshire Farm; owned by the same person and near each other.

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            Jacey Jun 16, 2008 10:10 AM

            It seems like a lot of upscale type restaurant in DC are going down this route these days. I was just at Dupont's Farmers Market this weekend and they had their chef demos. The chef from PS7 was there talking and about how he buys locally for his restaurant in Penn Quarter. he mentioned it's quite popular among many restaurants now in the area.

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              Smiles2008 Jun 16, 2008 04:27 PM

              Jacey-you are completely correct in your assessment. I think more chefs/people favor locally grown produce and other items, because they know exactly where they come from and one can build a relationship with that farmer/grower.

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                Ericandblueboy Jun 17, 2008 05:26 AM

                Certainly seems like the current fad. Blue Duck Tavern, Cashions, and Vermillion all seem to use fresh local produce. Some do better than others.

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                  Smiles2008 Jun 17, 2008 06:35 PM

                  I am familiar with the Vermillion. They have special chef's night -price fixe dinner's that are specifically farm to table. Thank you for your response with other restaurants.

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                AlyKen Jun 16, 2008 10:24 AM

                Tersiguel's in Ellicott City is excellent. We went there for my birthday last year. They're organic and grow their own produce.

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                  Smiles2008 Jun 16, 2008 04:27 PM

                  Wow...that's really cool. Any favorites? I just went to the website:


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                    pleiades Jun 16, 2008 08:11 PM

                    Have a gander at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore too....


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                      AlyKen Jun 17, 2008 03:55 AM

                      I did the Prix Fixe menu the last time I went. I liked the pate a lot as well as the trout. My husband was most impressed by his dessert. It was a chocolate cake ice cream served in a bowl made of ice. I don't remember what his main course was... probably the least French thing on the menu.

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                    dckw Jun 17, 2008 08:33 AM

                    Saint-Ex does a great job of using locally bought ingredients for delicious dishes. Plus, it's a little more on the economical side of the scale.

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                      Elyssa Jun 18, 2008 10:00 AM

                      I think Equinox does this really well. They use a ton of seasonal items purchased from local farms and the results are delicious.

                      I also thought that I read somewhere that Chef Grey recently purchased some farm land or something along those lines.

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