As the world becomes more and more interested in eating healthy, more and more restaurants are starting to utilize organic ingredients. Organic ingredients are produced through organic farming practices, which means the farming methods must promote ecological balance, seek to protect biodiversity and eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides. Read on to explore a list of five restaurants that utilize primarily organic ingredients in their kitchens.

Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 462-5143

Nora’s restaurant is the first restaurant in America to be certified organic. The restaurant uses only organic ingredients, and Nora focuses her cuisine on healthy, farm-to-fork dining. She employs sustainable aspects in all stages of cooking, and has an ever-changing organic, seasonal dinner menu. The food she serves is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste, so head over as soon as you can to have dinner at this rustic, charming restaurant.

1789 Restaurant
1226 36th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789

This cozy, old-world restaurant is one of the best spots in DC to find delicious fare that is made with local and organic ingredients. The elegant dishes are bursting with flavor and showcase the most seasonal ingredients. You can find a list of farms on the restaurant’s website if you would like to explore where 1789 gets its ingredients. An advance reservation is required when you dine at this high-end venue, which is perfect for a special dinner date.

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129 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 694-3015

Although it is not located right in the city, you will not regret a visit to this attractive Frederick restaurant. The Modern American dishes are all made from scratch from natural, local and organic ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, and sometimes even daily, to highlight the finest seasonal produce. You can enjoy the cuisine at lunch, brunch or dinner, and if the weather is nice, ask for a patio table. Sample menus are available on the website.

Bread and Brew
1247 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-2676

This casual dining venue uses organic ingredients in its dishes and green practices in its kitchen. It even serves organic coffee. Enjoy sandwiches, pizza and soup on the first floor, or head downstairs to the lower level for a local beer. Prices are reasonable and the venue is great for enjoying with friends or colleagues.

Busboys and Poets
2021 V. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638

Busboys and Poets is a D.C. staple, and for good reason. This warm and friendly venue offers real sustainable food, with organic ingredients that come from the D.C. area. Enjoy brunch with friends or come for a cozy dinner for two. No matter what time of day, you will fall in love with the delicious food and community atmosphere. Be sure to peruse the bookstore within the restaurant when you are there.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at