Nothing tastes better than a homemade meal made with love and created with fresh, high quality ingredients, and the meal tastes even better if you use produce from your own vegetable garden. While this is the ideal option, a close second is visiting a local restaurant that shares your values for fresh ingredients. Even as recently as 2005, there were few options for people looking for restaurants serving up organic dishes, but today our options are endless. Here are a few notables we’ve selected to highlight that you can go check out in your neighborhood.
519 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10011
Opening its doors in 2008, Gust Organics was the first USDA certified organic restaurant, featuring 100% organic ingredients and foods on its menu. The restaurant works with local farmers to obtain local ingredients that are in season to complement its Latin inspired fare. The menu changes daily based on what fresh produce is available and has smaller portions, aiming to cut down on waste. Apart from the food, the restaurant also incorporates recycled and biodegradable take out containers, all organic uniforms and low energy appliances.
Serving San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City
Food trucks have gained a lot of momentum over the past few years for serving up some seriously delicious food to the masses. Since 2006, Greek Truck has been creating classic American dishes with a sustainable twist – using only certified organic ingredients in all of its menu offerings. The truck runs on vegetable oil and features a solar-powered kitchen commissary. If you’re in the LA, NYC or San Diego area, stop by to try their Mother Truckin’ Burger, a handmade vegan, gluten-free veggie burger that is a fan favorite.
62 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Who doesn’t love tacos? What started out as a food truck offering delicious and organic Mexican street food has since expanded to include a restaurant in Hoboken, NJ and food trucks in New Jersey, Boston as well as one in New York opening this month. The Taco Truck serves beef, chicken and pork from local farmers that are raised on vegetarian diets with no hormones or antibiotics. In addition, their restaurant is LEED certified and the owners make sure to compost all food waste and to-go containers.
2012 Sawtelle Blvd in West L.A.
SliceTruck has been serving the LA-area with their pizza truck since 2009, but as of April 2012, they have upgraded both their location–now with a restaurant in addition to the truck–and their pies. All of the SliceTruck pizzas are made with organic ingredients, including the crust, which is made with KAMUT(R) Brand wheat–and organic, heirloom grain that is always grown non-GMO. Best of all, many find that the KAMUT(R) Wheat is easier to digest, leaving you feeling less lethargic and full. And we here at eco18.com can tell you it’s the best pizza we’ve had!
300 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
Angelica Kitchen’s menu is plant-based cuisine that features a wide range of Asian inspired vegan dishes. You won’t find refined sugars, preservatives, dairy, eggs or any animal by-products on the menu, which changes day to day based on what’s available and the chef’s creativity. Having been around for over 25 years, it’s become a staple for vegetarians and health conscious people in the area. The restaurant makes it a priority to cut down on waste by not serving any bottled beverages and offering food donations through City Harvest. A must have at this organic eatery is the Walnut Lentil Pate or the Dragon Bowls.
Urban Farmer Modern Steakhouse
525 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97204
This fresh take on a steakhouse offers its guests delicious food with organic ingredients and simple presentations. Whether it’s a tasty rib eye steak your looking for or king crab legs, Urban Farmer has it all and gets its from organic, local farmers. In addition to tasty food, the restaurant also offers a wine list featuring 350 bottles, cocktails and beer, all locally sourced from the Oregon area. People can sit back, relax and enjoy the country chic décor of this restaurant that’s a mixture between modern designs and farmhouse flair.
3267 S Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Nana Organic opened its doors in 2009 as the first organic restaurant in the Bridgeport area. This family owned and operated eatery combines American, Latin and Southern flavors to produce quality dishes that feature organic ingredients. The owners work with 30 local farmers, producers and other vendors that all align with the USDA National Program standards. Nana Organic first became popular for its delicious breakfast menu offerings; try their take on the Huevos Rancheros!