The Washington, DC region is spoiled for choice when it comes to local food. With farms in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, the freshest food can hit our plates every night. Eco-conscious Washingtonians make every effort to eat local when they’re at home, but for a night out on the town, they want restaurants that equally uphold the same values that they do. These restaurants celebrate sustainability in the food they serve and keep with green cleaning products and reduced waste.
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
The Blue Duck Tavern specializes in the freshest local ingredients that really makes its dishes sing. It is so dedicated to sources from farmers that each dish has the name of at least one of the purveyors next to it. For dairy, it sources from Pipe Dreams in Pennsylvania and Path Valley and Tuscarora for produce. Meats come from ranches like Eco Friendly in Virginia and the seafood is sustainable with the jumbo lump crab cakes featuring crab right from the Chesapeake Bay. Whichever dish you choose, know that it’s the best of the local farmers.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
1341 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
What started out as a catering company quickly filled the niche for raw vegan food using the best local, organic ingredients in an exquisite tasting menu that will arouse the senses and leave you thinking ‘how did they do that?’ In 2009, after a battle with breast cancer, Elizabeth Petty started Elizabeth’s Gone Raw on Friday nights in her catering townhouse on L Street. The menu changes weekly with whatever ingredients are the freshest in this fine dining experience. The menu is entirely plant based despite dishes like ‘Oysters’ Rockefeller and ‘Lamb” Stuffed Tomato. The five-course tasting menu is $75 and the pairing of natural wines is an additional $50. It also offers organic spirits and wines.
2132 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Boasting the first certified organic restaurant in the nation, Nora’s commitment to sustainability goes back well before green was trendy. Since the 1970s, Nora Pouillon has cultivated a network of local farms that use organic and natural practices. These farmers supply her with the best of seasonal organic produce. The menu changes seasonally in this posh Dupont restaurant whose service is equally as perfected as every dish on the menu. Try the four-course tasting menu for a real treat. Nora even offers a vegetarian tasting menu as well.
903 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Tucked on a residential street in Logan Circle, Table is the seasonal casual local haunt serving up delicious sustainable cuisine. Allowing the ingredients to shine, Chef Frederik de Pue opened Table in early 2013 and it soon became a favorite of the locals. All ingredients are sourced locally and are delicious and beautiful to behold. Try the new Sunday brunch, which is $35 for a five-course meal and $48 for the meal with bottomless mimosas.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
As the name suggests, Found Farmers works with local farms to bring Washingtonians the best ingredients in an accessible menu for the whole family. The food is modern American and ranges from salad, burgers and hot dogs to homestyle entrees like its amazing fried chicken. There’s even a vegetarian and vegan menu for those wishing to avoid meat. Besides the food, the restaurant is LEED Gold certified with energy-efficient light fixtures, reclaimed wood floors and décor and eco-friendly paints. This spot takes care to recycle and print menus on recycled paper with soy-based ink. On top of all of that, Founding Farmers is 100-percent carbon neutral through purchasing carbon credits.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.