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Jul 8, 2009 08:17 PM

Local Food

Is anyone in or around Philly doing local food? I know of Talula's Table but is there anywhere else?

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  1. Can you define "doing local food?"

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    1. re: hillster

      I guess buying as much as possible locally. I know the farms in bucks and lancaster county have great products to offer local chefs. I was just wondering who is taking advatage of this. I am the chef of a restaurant in central virginia and was looking for a place near my mom that does similiar food.

      1. re: Chimpo

        while I read the buy local guides just about everywhere. I always seem to find places that buy just there herbs from a farmer and everthing else from SYSCO

      2. Do you mean buying local produce and goods? Yes! The link below has a link to a pdf that lists a bunch of restaurants... you can pick up hard copies of this at RTM's Fair Food Farmstand.. Of them, I hear that Southwarks is pretty good. Some of them, now that I'm looking at the list i don't know if i'd consider them "doing local food" but I guess they do use local produce? At any rate, the list is good for some different places that we on the board don't mention much.

        Hope that helps!

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        1. re: padovana

          These lists are great. Few restaurants in Philly go out of their way to advertise that they "do local" with a couple exceptions being White Dog and Pumpkin. But most chefs at good restaurants, especially smaller ones, have seasonal menus and will tell you that they buy local when they can, but will not sacrifice quality for locality. Luckily, we live in an area with lots of great farms and small food producers nearby.

          1. re: barryg

            I find the quality issuse come up quite a bit the only thing I can't find down here of superior quality are things like fish and luxury items foie, caviar. The beef we source locally is some of the best I've ever had.

        2. There are a couple more places listed in the Chester County Buy Fresh, Buy Local guide:

          1. Zacharias in Worcester has a seasonal menu and they utilize many of the farms in thier vicinity. On the website, there is a list of many of the local farms from which they get many of the ingredients.