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Sustainable Restaurant List

Josh Mar 19, 2010 04:04 PM

My wife and I were trying to think of a good place for dinner tonight, and realized that when it comes to restaurants practicing some form of sustainability we could only think of five off the top of our heads: Linkery, Blind Lady Ale House, Sea Rocket Bistro, Alchemy, and Ritual Tavern. By sustainability we mean use of organic and/or local produce, pastured meats, responsibly harvested fish, etc.

What are some others that people here like and can recommend? We like all the places I listed, but would love to have some other options to choose from for a nice evening out.

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Ritual Tavern
4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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  1. honkman RE: Josh Mar 19, 2010 04:21 PM

    Do you want restaurants who are only serving for example organic or grass-fed meats or are you looking for restaurants who have at least some parts of sustainability on their menu ? The first defintion will be pretty tough, the second one gives you more options.
    There are a number of restaurants in SD who purchase (at least parts) produce and meats locally and from sustainable sources, e.g. JSix, AR Valentine, WhisknLadle, Pearl, 9-10

    JSix Restaurant
    616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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      Josh RE: honkman Mar 19, 2010 04:57 PM

      On the meat front that's not super vital, as we can order things that don't have meat. Primarily we're looking for places that are as disconnected from the industrial food system as possible.

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      mjill RE: Josh Mar 19, 2010 04:26 PM

      Market is a good place that I think would fall into this category.

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        The Office Goat RE: Josh Mar 19, 2010 05:02 PM

        Stone Bistro? I know it's kind of a polarizing place as to the food, but I think their mission statement fits your criteria.

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          Josh RE: The Office Goat Mar 19, 2010 05:08 PM

          That's a good one. We like it, but it's a little far. Guess I should have added a geographic area. Still, thanks for reminding me.

        2. beachbunnySD RE: Josh Mar 19, 2010 05:37 PM

          i think starlite would fit your list. their beef is sourced from brandt (corn fed, but sustainable).

          tender greens as well.

          and a thank you for starting this topic!

          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Josh Mar 19, 2010 05:47 PM

            off the top of my head:
            - Rimel's & Zenbu
            - Arterra
            - AR Valentien
            - George's California Modern
            - Spread (for a vegetarian option)

            Arterra Restaurant
            11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

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              DougOLis RE: Josh Mar 20, 2010 06:51 PM

              Protein might be hit or miss for sustainable or grass-fed at these places but the produce is all local and sustainable:
              AR Valentien
              The Pearl Hotel (Meyer Ranch beef - grass fed/corn finished, Berkshire pork, Carlsbad mussels, etc)
              MARKET (plus Carl Schroeder's new place which should open soon)
              Burger Lounge

              I don't think any of the places quite stand up to The Linkery or Sea Rocket, but they're a start and definitely make some effort

              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

              Arterra Restaurant
              11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

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                honkman RE: DougOLis Mar 20, 2010 08:06 PM

                Does Arterra still exists ? I thought they fired pretty much everybody and are planning to change it to "normal" hotel restaurant.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: honkman Mar 20, 2010 08:16 PM

                  you're right. it still "exists," but it's certainly not the same...

                  guess we can strike Arterra from the list!

                  Arterra Restaurant
                  11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

              2. Josh RE: Josh Mar 21, 2010 02:21 PM

                Went to Wine Vault and Bistro Friday night. All I can say is WOW. Very impressed. Owner told me they purchase nothing from Sysco. Everything was really delicious.

                We did the prix fixe, and the grassfed beef cheek over housemade fettucini was eye-rollingly good. I'd love for one of the naysayers about grassfed beef to eat that and tell me it's flavorless. Wine pairings were excellent as well. We'll definitely be back.

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                  honkman RE: Josh Mar 21, 2010 03:18 PM

                  Wine Vault is really nice and we had the last time the chance to meet the chef and he has a quite impressive background with Cyrus and Georges. (And the kitchen was surprisingly small)

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                    mjill RE: Josh Mar 21, 2010 03:42 PM

                    Grass fed isn't flavorless by a long shot but it is tough to stand up against sustainable corn fed from a place such as Brandt. It also helps the grass fed that it was braised in wine, ect which is going to add a lot of flavor. That being said, the WV's cheek dishes are awesome.

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