The “farm to table” concept, also known as “farm to fork” is a practice many restaurants are promoting as a way to eat fresher foods, produced locally, while supporting small business in the region. People who are ardent supporters of the movement of eating locally produced foods are called “locavores.” While there is no national standard for what geography constitutes “local”, many restaurants and groups advocate a one hundred mile radius as “local.”.
In Atlanta, there are a number of hot farm to table establishments, serving a variety of cuisine in nearly every budget category.
At Miller Union, 999 Brady Avenue NW, you’ll find Southern cooking with authentic recipes taking advantage of locally raised ingredients. A frequent contender for James Beard awards, Chef Steven Satterfield blends his knowledge of regional cuisine and his relationships with local growers to turn out unique lunch offerings Tuesday through Saturday and full dinner service Monday through Saturday. At dinner, open with grit fritters with country ham or the seasonal soup of the day. Georgia pastured chicken is one dinner entree, and house made andouille with okra-sweet corn purloo provides you with an interesting option. Fish, beef, and seasonal vegetable plates are paired with locally focused sides.
Seed Kitchen and Bar
Marietta’s Seed Kitchen and Bar is farm to table focused with Chef Doug Turbush dishing out entrees with both Thai and American Southern influences. The restaurant serves dinner seven nights, features a lunch menu Monday through Saturday, and changes things up with brunch on Sunday.
Starters include Iron Skillet Cornbread and Pork Belly Steam Buns. The dinner entree menus covers a full range of dining choices including beef, fowl, seafood, and pastas.
Meals are complimented with American and international craft beers, new takes on vintage cocktails, and a hand-picked wine list designed for the best menu pairings. Seed is at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road.
Empire State South
Empire State South holds court at 999 Peachtree Street, with upscale Southern cuisine. Heavily dependent upon regional growers and suppliers, Empire South serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner seven nights, and Sunday brunch. They also offer a “to-go” lunch program, and have an extensive coffee bar on site.
Luncheon sandwiches include Fried Chicken Po’Boys, Roast Pork Shoulder, and Roast Beef with horseradish on honey wheat. Plate offerings range from Rabbit Roulade to Smoked Trout; the ESS Superfood Hangar Steak is accompanied by fresh greens and vegetables.
With “Farm” in their name, you know Farm Burger is serious about serving casual food sourced locally. Farm Burger takes advantage of its own local eco-system of suppliers. You can build your own burger, adding fresh condiments and toppings to a grass fed, antibiotic and hormone free beef patty ground fresh daily, or choose a chicken or veggie patty as a base instead. Fries, rings, and creative sides are available, along with a special burger and salad at each of the four locations every day. The Buckhead location is at 3365 Piedmont Road and is open daily at 11 AM.