World-renown chefs, homegrown eats and food trucks as far as the eye can see – Austin’s foodie scene has grown tremendously in size and sophistication within the past decade or so. Many of its restaurants are nationally renowned and reflect the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the city as well as the desire to support the local economy through the efforts of local farmers.
Rather than trucking in food from all over, many spots in Austin source locally instead. This means seasonal dishes, intense flavor and eateries committed to sustainable living. Here are a handful of must-visit places to stop in while visiting Austin.
The founders of Eastside Café sought to pioneer the urban farming movement in their delicious flagship restaurant. The diner uses herbs and vegetables from the garden on its property – it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Eastside Café staff is serving up brunch, lunch and dinner. Nearly everything is made from scratch at this farm-to-table staple.
With a “Commitment to cook and serve innovative dishes using only locally sourced goods,” Odd Duck is making wholesome chow a priority. What began as a trailer outfitted with a wood-burning grill soon became a brick and mortar location, which was opened in 2011. From farm to table, they boast homegrown ingredients from local farmers.
Located on the breathtaking Ceres Park Ranch, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza features handcrafted pies prepared with fresh ingredients from the full-cycle nearby farming initiative – Logro Farms. Working together with Logro, Stanley’s creates a harmonious relationship that focuses on providing garden-fresh, nutritious and sustainable food to the local Austin community.
Classically trained with some of the best chefs in the city, owner and head chef Ned Elliot is offering his take on “inspirational country cuisine” at Foreign & Domestic. The restaurant was featured on Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
This organic-centered list would be embarrassingly incomplete if we didn’t include the premier sustainable craft coffee company in Austin. The folks at Cuvée Coffee build relationships with each coffee grower to ensure quality and sustainable growing practices at the source. Many of these fine coffees are also grown to meet the criteria for fair trade or organic certification. “We are not trying to change the world with our little business, but we are trying to make the most positive impact that we can,” said owner Mike McKim.
Want to learn mare about full-cycle farming farming? Check out Logro Farms. Get a tour of the farm and visit our partners – two local businesses in our own backyard, Jester King Brewery and Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza.