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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 (http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001VGpCnmWSmN...


        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: http://bostonlocalvores.org/

          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.

            1. I would second the Garden at the Cellar. Chef Wil is amazing and always on the look out for local produce, from the herb lyceum or elsewhere

              1. u can also go out to groton and have amazing family style dinners at the herb lyceum itself, doesn't get much more local than that!

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                1. re: northendgal

                  It ain't fancy, and they don't make a big deal out of it, but the Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain gets their meat from Red Rock Farm and also (I think) the Stillman family's daughter's Turkey Farm. They also get lots and lots of their veggies from the Stillmans, who farm in New Braintree, MA. Hearty, yummy, casual but with an earnest reverence for mealtime.

                2. Rendezvous on Central Square (in Central Square in Cambridge) got rated one of the best urban dining spots for local food by Gourmet in Oct 2007 (http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.co...). They have a $38 prix fixe menu on Sundays and a killer drinks list. I've only been once but am dying to go back. Oleana is my favorite restaurant in the Boston area; check out Great Bay (Kenmore) too for meat and seafood and lots of local stuff in general. There was an article about the Chef, Adam Fuller, butchering his own local pork in the recent food issue of the Weekly Dig, and the service is always excellent.

                  1. ExNE is a modern chinese tapas place with ingredients that come from a sustainable farmers coop in Vermont.

                    East by Northeast
                    1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139