The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Cleveland

Pumpkin cream soup with seeds
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Laura Dorwart

Farm-to-table dining has boomed in Cleveland, Ohio, thanks to urban agriculture and increasingly popular small local farms. Here are six of the best farm-to-table restaurants, which feature innovative and creative dishes with local and organic foods.

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Toast is a farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar in Cleveland’s growing Gordon Square Arts District. Chef’s selections sourced from local purveyors, artisans, and farmers feature house-made pickles, curated cheeses, charcuterie boards, and oysters, while creative small plates boast dishes like Toad in a Hole (cornbread, parsnip bechamel, beef heart, duck egg, arugula, and toasted coriander). The main menu includes shareable “big plates” such as seared scallops with potato and celery root puree and various sides like olives and almonds and tasso and sprouts. Pub food and drink specials are available during afternoon and late-night happy hours every day of the week.

The Flying Fig

The Flying Fig is a critically renowned and sought-after restaurant, specializing in locally and regionally sourced foods as well as creative cocktails. Favorites include the bacon-wrapped dates and Hoisin-glazed tofu with fried rice, cilantro, and caramelized broccoli, as well as lemon-blueberry pancakes and cheddar chive biscuits for brunch. There’s also a local vegetable of the day on offer and a vegan grilled eggplant dish with mozzarella, tomato pesto, roasted peppers, pickled fennel, arugula, focaccia, and caramelized onions. The artisanal cheese board paired with crostini is also a big seller.

Urban Farmer Steakhouse

Cleveland’s Urban Farmer Steakhouse claims to “redefine the modern steakhouse,” and it certainly lives up to its tagline, partnering with local ranches, farms, and fisheries to provide fresh takes on traditional dishes. The restaurant’s atmosphere is an upscale tribute to the classic steakhouse and the old-school American farmhouse with a modernist flair. Try favorites like the Ohio Proud bone-in grain-finished ribeye or the butternut squash soup with hazelnut, Frangelico, spiced cream, and pumpkin bread. Urban Farmer also offers quirky cocktails and some of the best brunches in town with farm-fresh eggs, meats, and produce.

Forage Public House

Forage Public House is a Greener Fields Certified Restaurant in downtown Lakewood, Ohio, with a 100% sustainable farm-to-table menu. Start with crispy vegan cauliflower or a butcher’s board, and follow it up with grilled Amish chicken tacos from Kidron, Ohio, a BLT made with maple-cured pork belly from the nearby town of Delaware, or slow-braised beef brisket and potato hash from New Creations Farm in Chardon, Ohio. Finish up with a flourless espresso torte or handmade artisanal s’mores. Seasonal drafts, bottles, wines, cocktails, mead, and whiskey are available, along with a fun kids’ menu and weekend brunches.

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