By Rebecca Rubin
The farm to table phenomenon came about when chefs wanted to link the food grown in local farms back to nearby restaurants that would serve them. Instead of shipping fruits and veggies before they are ripe across the country, farm to table restaurants serve food during the season it’s harvested in. So, what does this mean for us? Not only does it support local farmers and positively impact the environment, but the food is healthier, fresher and tastier. Luckily, Gainesville is a haven for restaurants with locally sourced foods and listed below are some of the best farm to table restaurants in the area (not in any particular order).
1. Root and Pecker
Root and Pecker, formerly known as Cymplify Fresh, is truly a hidden gem in Gainesville. The restaurant, which is a quick drive down Newberry Road, abides by its mantra, “Real food. Intentionally sourced. Made well.” Root and Pecker uses locally sourced foods and humanely raised animals to prep its brunch, lunch and dinner menus. On the lunch menu, the California club sandwich is considered a favorite with choices of free-range sliced chicken breast, thick-cut candied bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, guacamole and cashew aioli all mixed between two slices of sourdough bread. The menu features an option to pair half a sandwich with a few different sides or any of its soups such as creamy broccoli, Thai tomato and squash or the 12-hour chicken bone stock and rice soup. The dinner menu has a variety of pizzas on sourdough, which is often easier to digest. The pizzas pair perfectly with a number of salads or tapas available during dinner only. Brunch is only available on Sundays and includes everything from sourdough waffles to homemade biscuits and gravy. It’s located at 5408 NW 8th Ave.
Come check the restaurant out here.
2. Daily Green
Don’t be intimidated by Daily Green’s overwhelmingly vegan and vegetarian menu choices. Vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will be impressed by the delicious combination of options for both lunch and Sunday brunch at Daily Green. A majority of the soups, salads and sandwiches offered use fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients. Some standout brunch options include tempeh tacos, avocado toast stack and a build-your-own-waffle extravaganza. The waffle extravaganza can include your choice of a banana or peanut butter waffle with butterscotch cashew cream. You can top it off with additional food choices of raw cacao ganache, candied ginger, dried cherries, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut shreds. Daily Green can be found on 436 SE 2nd St.
To take a look at its menu, check it out here.
Civilization’s menu includes a worldly mix of foods for brunch, lunch and dinner. According to Civilization’s website, the restaurant sources as much produce as possible from local farmers and bakeries such as Possum Hollow Farm, The Family Garden Organic Farm, Dogwood Lane farms, Cedar Shoals, Ward’s Super Market and Vine Bakery. One classic sandwich is the terranova farmers market sandwich with pepper jack cheese, avocados, tomatoes, sprouts, red onions and red pepper mayo on wheat bread. Also, you can’t go wrong with the avocado toast for brunch. It’s located at 1511 NW 2nd St.
4. The Top
The Top, one of downtown Gainesville’s most beloved restaurants, uses locally sourced food whenever possible. While The Top has just about any food you can dream of – salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes – nothing tops (pun intended) its burgers. With 11 signature burger options, you can also build your own dream concoction. Choose between an organically raised grass fed beef burger, chicken breast, black bean burger or falafel patty and dress it up with just about anything you can imagine, from a fried egg to bacon or even chimichuri sauce. Oh, don’t forget the pretzel bun! The Top can be found at 30 N Main St. (No website listed.)