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Jul 9, 2008 11:11 AM

Locavore options in Boston?

Hi all -

We'll be in the Boston area the last weekend in July and are looking for recs for restaurants that source ingredients locally. I'm not just talking about herbs from the kitchen garden or tomatoes from the farmer near Stow - that's well and good, but I hope to find someplace a bit more ambitious and creative. Meat, seafood, and poultry are all fine, assuming that they're locally sourced, sustainably grown and harvested, etc. Basically, if Alice Waters, Barbara Kingsolver, and Marion Nestle would eat it, so would I. :)

Any ideas? I'll check out Slowfood's recs for the area, too.


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  1. Two places come to mind, both in Cambridge:

    Craigie Street Bistro

    I really enjoy both places and a quick search of the board should yield more info on both.

    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

    Craigie Street Bistrot -- CLOSED, now Craigie On Main
    5 Craigie Cir, Cambridge, MA

    1. EVOO in Somerville has a summer "homegrown menu"

      Also, Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge is a great option as well. The chef often uses herbs from his family's herb farm, and has lots of local sources.

      1. L'espalier just set out a mailer highlighting their local purveyors (


        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

        1. Two that immediately come to mind are T.W. Food and Persephone. Many others are making noise about it, which I am hopeful is as much substance as marketing. An interesting local website:

          1. I believe Chris Schlesinger of the East Coast Grill has long been a Slow Food advocate, too; I think he's been publishing a list of local purveyors for the benefit of the rest of the local industry for years. Chris Douglass at Icarus belongs in that camp, too, I think.