Farm to Table Restaurants in Ohio
By Abbey Roy

Farm to Table Restaurants in Ohio

Bringing fresh ingredients from farm to fork

It’s one thing to enjoy your food; another to know that it’s been sourced from your own state; still another to be able to look at what specific farms and towns contributed to the deliciousness on your plate.

Ohio is no stranger to the growing Farm-to-Table movement that has been gaining traction for the last decade. Here are some fantastic locally-sourced restaurants to add to your Must-Try list this summer.

Acre – Columbus

Aside from the fantastic and colorful cuisine at Columbus’ Acre farm-to-table restaurant, one of the highlights of our visit was scanning the “Local Partners” list next to the menu. We left after our first meal at Acre impressed with our food (the Thai Bowl was tops; my husband’s BBQ Bowl also earned an A+) and its local origins.

Casa Nueva – Athens

A college town staple, Casa Nueva has been serving local food with flair since 1985. With a delightfully artsy atmosphere in a delightfully artsy town, Casa Nueva’s vast menu of Mexican-inspired food is sure to please; don’t forget to top it off with an ice-cold Jackie O’s brew and some live music to make your experience totally hometown.

The Greenhouse Tavern – Cleveland

Launched by Cleveland-born chef Jonathon Sawyer, the Greenhouse Tavern was named the best farm-to-table restaurant in the state by Travel+Leisure magazine. Local ingredients star in creative dishes ranging from fried Brussels sprouts with maple aioli to grilled lamb burger.

Metropole – Cincinnati

Unique, character-filled atmosphere? Check. Top-quality, local cuisine cooked to perfection in a custom-built wood-burning fireplace? Double check. If you’re spending a day in Cincy, don’t overlook Metropole located in the 21c Museum Hotel. Executive chef Jared Bennett delivers in a big way with dishes such as the Marksbury Farm pork chop and the signature Metropole Cheeseburger, featuring red onion marmalade, smoked bleu cheese and dill aioli.

Local Roots Market & Café – Wooster

Grab lunch and take home fresh ingredients from Local Roots Café in Wooster. Visitors can browse local produce, meat and baked goods sourced from more than 150 Ohio producers before sitting down to a delicious, farm-fresh meal. Founded in 2009 by volunteers, this establishment has helped numerous small farm businesses expand production to bring their products directly from farm to table.

Fowl and Fodder – Toledo

Bringing some of the best ingredients in northwest Ohio to life is Fowl and Fodder in Toledo. This fast service, casual dining experiences ensures travelers get the best of both worlds: a quick bite, that’s organic and healthy. Having an event? Be sure to check out their awesome catering menu.

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About the Author

Abbey Roy is a Kent State University journalism graduate. She writes a weekly column entitled the Bargain Advocate for the Newark Advocate and Media Network of Central Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family - her husband, Seth, and two daughters, Analeigh and Aria - reading, being outdoors (especially in the woods, water or both), bicycling and photography. She also makes a mean zucchini bread. You can email Abbey at