The farm-to-table movement is becoming more mainstream with growing environmental concerns. Across the world, several restaurants are turning hyper-local as they look for ways to reduce their eco-footprint and support local farmers. They have redefined the dining experience by creating flexible menus that use seasonally available farm-fresh, sustainable produce and meat. For diners, this often translates to fresh flavours and intriguing dishes created by the chefs using seasonal produce. Dallas may be more popular for its Tex-Mex cuisine, but nonetheless, there are a number of restaurants that have adopted the farm-to-fork philosophy. Here is a handpicked list of some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Dallas, each offering a unique menu and experience.
1. Mudhen Meat and Greens
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Named as the best farm-to-table restaurant in Dallas by the Food Network, Mudhen Meat and Greens’ foundational philosophy is healthy eating. Located close to Dallas Farmer’s Market, this restaurant uses primarily locally sourced ingredients for its offerings that range from innovative starters to customized bowls of protein and carbs. Their ‘Build Your Own Bowl’ option offers an incredible range of combinations - you pick what you want from available vegetables typically listed daily on a huge chalkboard, and available fresh meat usually sourced from local purveyors like 44 Farms. Their beverage menu is also impressive; their handmade cocktails and craft beer from local breweries are not to be missed. The restaurant features a classy rustic decor and has both indoor and outdoor seating.
Mudhen Meat and Greens
Address: 900 S Harwood St., Dallas
Website: Mudhen Meat and Greens
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 4pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 9am - 10pm; Sun: 9am - 4pm
Proudly serving the freshest ingredients in every dish! 🍽🥬🥦 www.bolsadallas.com . . . . #wine #vino #dallasrestaurants...Posted by Bolsa Restaurant on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Bolsa, one of the pioneers of the farm-to-table movement in Dallas, features a menu that changes seasonally and even daily. The restaurant only uses produce from local farms and ranchers(listed on their website) so you know where your food has come from. Tucked away within the Bishop Arts District, this restaurant has a charming ambience with a large airy outdoor patio, and food that’s been consistently rated highly. Don’t forget to try their flatbreads and craft mocktails.
Address: 614 West Davis, Dallas
Website: Bolsa Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 10pm
3. Cafe Momentum
Cafe Momentum’s menu consists of quintessential American dishes created with locally sourced fresh ingredients. Located in downtown Dallas, the restaurant’s eclectic mix of starters, salads and mains uses products primarily from local farms like Paul Quinn Farm and Bonton Farms. Must-try dishes here include the Smoked Fried Chicken (very popular), the House Made Charcuterie and the Flourless Chocolate Cake. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available for those with restricted diets. Over and above its fantastic food, the restaurant is acclaimed for its work with at-risk youth. Teenagers and young adults work at the restaurant as part of a rehabilitation program, and the energy of these enthusiastic interns who work under supervisors makes the experience even better!
Address: 1510, Pacific St, Dallas
Website: Cafe Momentum
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 5:30pm – 11pm (closed from Sun - Wed)
The award-winning Celebration Restaurant blends the charm of home-like cooking with a superb dining experience. Among the first to adopt the farm-to-fork approach in Dallas, it serves traditional Southern cuisine, prepared and presented family style. The restaurant does its best to offer “sustainable” menu which translates to ensuring ingredients are environment-friendly - natural cage-free turkeys, no-antibiotic, vegetarian diet cage-free chickens, sea-food certified as ‘Best Choice’ and 100 percent grass-fed beef. The menu, in fact, changes every day based on the availability of these ingredients. Operating out of repurposed houses, you’ll find it has a rustic charming decor and a welcoming homely vibe.
Address: 4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas
Website: Celebration Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri: 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 11:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9:30pm
5. Garden Cafe
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Yet another well-known Dallas farm-to-table restaurant, Garden Cafe is a day-time only eatery featuring American South cuisine. All of its dishes are made from scratch and the menu changes daily/seasonally. The restaurant uses vegetables grown on its own organic farm and sustainable meat from local purveyors. Enjoy brunch or lunch sitting at its verdant dog-friendly outdoor patio surrounded by their farm, a wonderful setting indeed to sit back and relax!
Address: 5310 Junius Street Munger Square Center, Dallas
Website: Garden Cafe
Opening hours: 8am - 3pm (daily)
6. Patina Green Home and Market
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For the best sandwiches in town, head to Patina Green Home and Market! This restaurant-cum-store in McKinney’s downtown square offers sandwiches and salads that only use seasonally available, locally sourced ingredients. Make sure you try the ham jalapeño cheddar sandwich and their artisanal sodas. Though small, the eatery has a chilled out vibe that makes for a fun experience.
Patina Green Home and Market
Address: 116 N. Tennessee Suite 102 McKinney, Dallas
Website: Patina Green Home and Market
Opening hours: 11am - 3pm (daily)
7. Prime Farm to Table
2017 was a beautiful year full of delicious food here at Prime, and we want to thank everyone who had a taste! Here’s to new flavors in 2018 🎉🍾Posted by Prime Farm to Table on Sunday, 31 December 2017
Prime Farm to Table focuses on using ingredients that have a traceable supply chain, so everything they use comes from local farms and ranchers. The restaurant offers a daily menu that features seasonally-available fresh ingredients. Try the starter Tempura Brussels Sprouts which blends amazing flavours.
Prime Farm to Table
Address: 5810 Long Prairie Road, Suite 200, Flower Mound, Dallas
Website: Prime Farm to Tabl
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 3pm
8. Texas Spice
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A Two-Star Certified Green Restaurant, Texas Spice remains true to its farm-to-market concept by using ingredients from local farms. In fact, none of the ingredients reportedly travel more than 200 miles (321.9 km)! Offering daily three separate meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) the restaurant’s buffet features dishes that showcase classical southern/Texas cuisine. Located inside a hotel, the restaurant has incorporated Southern influences into its decor as well with a rustic atmosphere.
Address: 555 Lamar Street, Dallas
Website: Texas Spice
Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)
9. Sundown at Granada
At Sundown at Granada, you’ll get an inviting mix of delicious food, a relaxed two-level outdoor patio to chill in and live music. Located close to Granada Theater, the chic eatery has a fantastic view of the famed Greenville Avenue plus of its organic garden. The view is particularly awesome if you snag a spot on the rooftop patio. On the menu is an interesting mix of American favourites including Tex-Mex Meatballs, Loaded Avocado and Black Bean Buddha Burger. The kitchen is open to catering to dietary restrictions like vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free, so just ask. Be sure to check out one of their 60 craft beers and their speciality cocktails.
Sundown at Granada
Address: 3520 Greenville Ave, Dallas
Website: Sundown at Granada
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 5pm - 12am; Wed - Fri: 5pm - 2am; Thu - Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 10am - 2am
10. Origin Kitchen + Bar
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Origin Kitchen + Bar offers a wonderful range of sustainable meat-based dishes and a menu that’s virtually completely gluten-free. A perfect spot for a fine dining experience, the restaurant features a stylish industrial decor with an open kitchen concept but is slightly on the pricier side. Origin emphasises on incorporating local organic produce plus grass-fed meat and pasture-raised poultry. Give a try to the hanger steak and the chicken avocado salad.
Origin Kitchen + Bar
Address: 4438 McKinney Ave # 150, Dallas
Website: Origin Kitchen + Bar
Opening hours: Mon: 7:30am - 2pm; Tue - Thu: 7:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 7:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sat: 8:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 9am - 3pm
Dining with a conscience
Given the restrictions under which farm-to-plate restaurants work, it is but natural that they are a little more expensive than the usual ones. But surely that is a small price to pay for the incredible quality of the food and of course for supporting local farmers and a more sustainable lifestyle.
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