Local Food in Local Restaurants

For locavores, eating out can be a challenge, it’s often a chore to navigate an unfamiliar menu. Fortunately, increasing numbers of Seacoast chefs are discovering the incredible array of locally grown food available here, and are sourcing more of their ingredients from local sources.

The business union Green Alliance helps to make restaurants more transparent through their online sustainability evaluations. In their mission to encourage more sustainable business practices, Green Alliance includes sourcing local food as an important criteria. Recent posts highlight some of the choices three of their restaurant members — the Portsmouth Brewery, Robert’s Maine Grill, and the UNH Dairy Bar — have made to include local food on their menus:

Portsmouth Brewery a Locavore’s Dream

This Spud’s For You: Robert’s organic, Maine-grown potatoes a huge hit

UNH Dairy Bar offers refreshingly cool and sustainable treats

It’s also Restaurant Week for Portsmouth and the Seacoast! Many participating restaurants use local food, and are featuring 3-course prix fixe special menus. Restaurant Week ends this Saturday, November 12th — make a reservation now to try someplace new or visit an old favorite!

Also, visit Seacoast Eat Local, where a list of restaurants and stores that support local food producers and farmers is available online. Still not sure? Just ask: “What’s local tonight?”

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