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Farm-to-table restaurants are popular everywhere in the U.S., and Ocean City, Maryland, is no exception. However, at this beach resort on the Atlantic coast, there is a twist – restaurants are not only farm-to-table but ocean-to-table. Here are the six best places to get fresh, local ingredients in Ocean City.
A restaurant in a barn almost has to have a farm-to-table theme, right? You’ll notice Barn 34 amidst the tall hotels of Ocean City and will feel comfortable in the large dining areas on the first floor and extra cozy on the second floor, which features sloped ceilings. Breakfast and brunch (served every day) might be the best meal to visit for, with a variety of eggs benedict recipes. But with any meal, you’ll also get a Puerto Rican flair, inspired by the owners’ time on the island.
Go a little bit outside Ocean City to the town of Berlin, Maryland, and get away from the crowds of vacationers to visit Blacksmith Bar & Restaurant. Chef and owner Justine Zegna was on the forefront of the farm-to-table movement, having operated restaurants in College Park, Maryland, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Dewey Beach, Delaware, that all connected with local farmers to bring fresh produce to the dinner plate. The foods are made from scratch with care and include classics like crab cakes along with more global dishes such as Thai curry and empanadas.