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Nov 6, 2008 02:36 PM

Organic restaurants in San diego

anyone know of any organic restaurants in S.D. that sell MEAT?

anyone have any info on these spots?
firenze trattoria

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  1. Linkery and Ritual I consider "organic"

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    1. re: MrKrispy

      I wouldn't call Ritual organic. If I look on their online menu I can't find any organic meat and only a part of their produce is organic.
      Linkery is much more what I would call organic (even though it is not full organic).

      1. re: honkman

        hmph I consider Certified Organic to be a bit of a sham for the consumer, especially for meat, but Niman Ranch is veggie-fed. It seems silly to squabble over "part organic" and "not full organic".

        Does any local restaurant guarantee that all their produce is truly organic?

        1. re: MrKrispy

          I don't see why certified organic is a sham for the consumers. It is currently the only way to know if something is indeed organic based on controls whereas there are absolutely no controls if somebody claims something like meat for example is "natural". There are no regulation regarding "natural". And no it is not silly to talk about "fully organic", "natural", "part organic" etc since a lot of people in the food industry use all of these names to confuse consumers to believe that for example "natural" is something similar like "organic".

          1. re: honkman

            let's be reasonable though. You don't consider Ritual being organic even though they have many organic items and ingredients. However, you consider Linkery organic...even though it isn't "full organic". Does that really make sense?

            Again, are there any restaurants in San Diego that would fit your "full organic" ?

            1. re: MrKrispy

              I never said I would consider Linkery organic. I just said that it is further down the right path towards becoming a fully organic restaurant than Ritual.

      1. re: oerdin

        I just looked at that article, and it's pretty old (mentions Region) and talks about Chinos as if it's organic, which it isn't - it says "local in season produce" which of course doesn't mean organic.

        I don't know of any restaurants in SD that actually sell organic meat, it's just too expensive - but you could try the Linkery for some sustainably raised meat. Of the places you mentioned originally - Whisknladle is probably the most conscientious.

        1. re: Alice Q

          I work at the Ritual Tavern. So I've got a bit of menu knowledge to share ;-)
          We try to be as organic, local and sustainable as we can.
          So here's what's organic on the menu:
          the mixed baby green salad is 100% organic (meaning every thing on the plate: greens, fruit, olive oil, veggies, vinegar etc, all organic. The organic produce comes from Crows Pass. The side vegetables on the pork, chicken and special entrees are organic. The wild rice blend in the gumbo, also organic. We'd been serving savory tarts with all organic ingredients as recently as last week. Dessert specials are usually made with organic produce too. So if you have questions about the ingredients don't be afraid to ask. It's not the Tavern's style to be all flashy with organic labels on everything. I guess we should start communicating the ingredients better. I know that I sometimes assume my guests already know and that's why they're there.

          1. re: Alice Q

            And, of the original list, Whisknladle is my favorite.

        2. I really enjoy Whisknladdle. Especially their housecured meats and mussels & fries.

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