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For a restaurant to operate at a top level of sustainability, special care and attention is needed. From start to finish the restaurant must adhere to certain standards and ethical guidelines, including but not limited to: recycled and bio-based disposable products, water efficiency, waste efficiency, energy efficiency, pollution reduction, chemical reduction, as well as sustainable food and beverages. Here are 10 eco-conscious restaurants across the United States that you should know about.
Outstanding in the Field is a roaming dinner concept that began in Santa Cruz, California. In the summer of 1999, Chef Jim Denevan came up with the idea of setting a table on a farm and inviting diners to an open air meal in celebration of the farmer and the gifts of the land. He called it Outstanding in the Field, and soon he took his novel idea on the road, traveling to farms across America and around the world. Over the years, OITF’s nomadic ‘restaurant without walls’ has welcomed nearly 70,000 guests for multi-course meals in farm fields and orchards, on beaches and mountaintops, in barns and greenhouses.
In the heart of downtown Austin, Texas sits East Side Café, a quaint bungalow serving American contemporary cuisine. A pioneer in the urban farming movement, East Side Café uses herbs and vegetables from an on-property garden. Named one of Austin’s 10 Best Restaurants by USA Today Travel, Eastside Cafe is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. With a made-from-scratch menu, including vegetarian and Gluten free options, East Side Café is a healthy option in a barbeque infused city. From the menu order the salmon dumplings, which are topped with a yellow coconut curry served with Thai cucumber and peanut relish.