Best Local Food in New England
With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients – many eateries today strive to satisfy your hunger while also supporting the local community. We’ve put together a list of some of the restaurants that serve up the best local food in New England, with help from our May/June 2011 issue.
BEST SEASONAL FARE
Nudel, Lenox, MA
Foodies love coming to this sleek little (28-seat) restaurant. The menu changes daily, depending on what is available at local farms. The open kitchen features fresh pastas and seasonal produce in creative combinations. Entrées: from $20.
37 Church St. nudelrestaurant.com
BEST FARM-TO-TABLE DINING
Gibbet Hill Grill, Groton, MA
A sprawling hilltop garden supplies most of the vegetables for salads and side dishes at this unpretentious rural steakhouse in a century-old post-and-beam barn. Bicyclists touring the country roads often fill the space on Sunday afternoons. Entrées: from $15.
61 Lowell Road. gibbethill.com
BEST FRESH MARKET MEALS
The Market Restaurant, Gloucester, MA
Dockside on Lobster Cove, The Market is the brainchild of two young chefs, Nico Monday and Amelia O’Reilly, who met while working for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. They bring the gospel according to Alice to Annisquam with a select menu of fish from local docks and everything else from nearby fields. Entrées: from $21.
33 River Road. 978-282-0700; themarketrestaurant.com
BEST ORGANIC FINE DINING
The Rustic Leaf Bistro, Milford, NH
As if it weren’t great enough to eat in a vintage B&M caboose, munching on seasonally inspired, gourmet-crafted, locally grown and organic food makes this a healthful and totally satisfying dining experience. Entrées: from $13.95.
15 Elm St. therusticleaf.com
BEST LOCAVORE INN DINING
The Hermitage Inn, West Dover, VT
Beef, quail, cheeses, vegetables, butter, and much more are all locally sourced and exquisitely crafted into one of the region’s best inn menus. Flowers and firewood are grown on site. Entrées: from $24.
25 Handle Road. hermitageinn.com