It’s a movement many of us are familiar with, but the farm-to-table concept is one of the most highly regarded ideas here in Boston and for good reason. The concept allows restaurateurs to source their local foods direct from fisheries, ranches, farms, wineries and breweries. The benefit to us diners? Knowing you have some of the freshest seasonal fruits, vegetables and animal products that literally made it from the farm to your table in just a few hours. Here’s a look at five haute restaurants in Boston that are focused on this concept.
1 Post 390Post 390
Post 390 left an indelible mark in Boston when it first introduced their "farm to Post" weekly dinners. Each week, they introduce a dish sourced from a local farm like Sparrow Arc Farm, Ward's Berry Farm or Dogpatch Farm. The exclusive dinners, which can be paired up with a locally sourced wine, give diners an opportunity to learn more about these local farms using local ingredients. On the menu, you may find starters like potato, leek and broccoli soup with brown sugar ham and grilled rainbow trout for a main event.
406 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116
2 Island Creek Oyster BarIsland Creek Oyster Bar
Every Bostonian is familiar with the name Island Creek Oysters. The briny Duxbury bivalves are some of the best locally sourced oysters, but if you can't make your way to the South Shore to check out the farm for a tour, you can head over to the Kenmore Square restaurant where oysters take center stage on the menu. Slurp on a dozen fresh oysters topped with cocktail sauce or order up a crispy oyster slider served on a brioche roll.
500 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215
3 Henrietta's TableHenrietta's Table
At Henrietta's Table at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, it's all about fresh home cooking prepared by Chef Peter Davis. Some of his local purveyors include Taza Chocolate, Verrill Farm, Siena Farms, Pete’s Greens, Carlisle Farmstead Cheese and Westport Rivers Vineyard. One of the most popular events at Henrietta's Table is Sunday brunch featuring a raw bar with Wellfleet oysters, a grilled vegetable and salad station, selection of cheeses and made-to-order omelet station.
1 Bennett Street Cambridge, MA 02138
4 Row 34Row 34
This "working man's oyster bar" concept took over the Fort Point Channel by storm with its seafood-focused menu. Local beers line the chalkboards and are best when paired up with a creamy lobster roll, golden batch of whole fried hand dug clams or selection of oysters from the South Shore to Cape Cod (think Ichabod Flat, Moon Shoal, Spring Creek and First Light).
383 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210
5 Tavern RoadTavern Road
If you are looking to try different locally sourced plates, head over to Tavern Road in the Fort Point Channel. The menu here features "global street food" made with local Ingredients. Shareable plates include roasted Brussels sprout and mushroom tacos, skillet roasted lamb meatball, Hamachi ceviche and local burrata and pancetta.
343 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210