People living in Durham and Chapel Hill take healthy eating seriously and love to support the local farming community as much as possible. The farm-to-table food movement has been incredibly successful here, and that is reflected in the restaurant selection. Farm-to-table, also known as farm-to-fork, refers to the process your food takes to get from the farm to your plate. The shorter the distance, always the better!

There are many farms in and around Durham and Orange Counties, and we are proud that local restaurant operators are continually supporting them and have been embracing the concept.

Check out these top five best farm-to-table restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill for a healthy, locally sourced meal:

Piedmont Restaurant

Durham’s Piedmont Restaurant offers a seasonal, farm-to-table experience like no other! Chef John May partners with local farmers to create unique, Southern-inspired dishes. The craft cocktail list is also regionally-inspired, and you will find many North Carolina beers on the menu as well. Piedmont Restaurant has been featured in Vogue, Zagat, and Wine Spectator.

Harvest 18

Harvest 18 is located in the Southpoint area of Durham is one of the four restaurants owned by Chef Jason Smith. The restaurant features a signature wood-fire grill, used to cook up delicious, locally sourced menu items. This restaurant also features a local craft beer list and a unique wine list.

Local 22

Located in Downtown Durham, Local 22 serves up delicious farm-to-table cuisine in a friendly, relaxed environment, The team works with local farmers to provide the freshest ingredients possible. Like most farm-to-table restaurants, the menu changes frequently. Some items you may find on it include Cast Iron Pimento Cheese and Chili-Seared Salmon!

Roots

Roots is a popular Chapel Hill restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant goes back to its “roots” serving fresh food with ingredients procured from local farmers. The menu may change with the season, but some dishes you may enjoy at Roots include Pork n’ Grits, Cajun-style Sautéed Red Snapper, and Chile Relleno.

Elements

Located in Chapel Hill, Elements features a contemporary, Asian-inspired menu. Chef Michael Chuong works with local farms to procure the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Popular menu items include the Walnut Prawns and the Cashew Chicken.

Other notable farm-to-table restaurants include Chapel Hill’s Living Kitchen and Durham’s Pomegranate Kitchen. Seth Gross’ restaurants, Bull City Burger and Pompieri Pizza of Durham also deserve mention. Both restaurants feature locally and ethically sourced ingredients. Dining at a farm-to-table restaurant means that you will enjoy a great tasting, healthy meal while also helping your local community.

So what are some of your favorite farm-to-table local restaurants in Chapel Hill? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN