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Mar 19, 2010 04:04 PM

Sustainable Restaurant List

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. 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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    1. re: honkman

      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.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: The Office Goat

          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. 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. 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