The term “farm to table” or “farm to fork” refers to the process your food takes to get from the farm to your plate. Ideally, you want as few steps as possible in that process. Fortunately, Raleigh is an ideal location for fresh produce and meats.

We have so many farms nearby and chefs who are willing to put in the effort to buy locally and seasonally, to create delicious culinary experiences.

Here are a few of our favorite Farm to Table Restaurants in Raleigh:

Irregardless Cafe

Irregardless Cafe features real food and real music! Its menu features dishes made from locally sourced products and caters to vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. Best of all, you can enjoy local music with your local food. Irregardless Cafe hosts local musicians every night. Check the music calendar to see who is performing.

Stanbury

Stanbury is a foodie treasure tucked into the quiet Raleigh neighborhood of Mordecai. It offers a seasonal menu full of unique dishes such as roasted marrow and grilled quail. This restaurant fills up fast, so be sure to make a reservation!

Mandolin

Owned by Raleigh native Sean Fowler, Mandolin serves unique southern dishes using seasonal ingredients. Its meats, produce, and seafood is all sourced from North Carolina farms whenever possible. The menu frequently changes, but sample menu items include lamb ragu and roasted kambocha squash.

Standard Foods

Standard Foods is a restaurant and market focused on locally sourced foods and artisanal products. Its menu changes daily, but sample menu items include Cedar Island oysters and mushroom fritti.

Plates Kitchen

Located in Glenwood South, Plates Kitchen serves globally inspired dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. It also features a fantastic outdoor dining area that was included on OpenTable’s Best Al Fresco Dining list in 2016. Save room for dessert, because the sticky toffee pudding is heavenly!

Crawford & Son

Scott Crawford’s debut restaurant, Crawford & Son, opened in 2016 and instantly became a Raleigh favorite. Located in Historic Oakwood, this cozy restaurant features unique comfort food made from locally and ethically sourced ingredients. Sample menu items include venison meatloaf and local flounder.

Fiction Kitchen

Vegetarians rejoice! Fiction Kitchen is Raleigh’s premier 100% vegetarian restaurant. Vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores all agree that Fiction Kitchen is fantastic, judging by the crowds of people waiting for a table. It’s definitely worth the wait though. Some of our favorite dishes include the Tinga Tacos and the Grilled Romaine Salad. This restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays from 11:30am-3pm.

Poole’s

For a short period of time (that seemed really long to us locals) Poole’s discontinued its beloved brunch. Thankfully, it returned this spring! On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy a hot cup of Counter Culture coffee and Ashley Christensen’s famous Hangover Grits Bowl. There might be a line when you arrive, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Tupelo Honey

Another excellent farm to table restaurant is Tupelo Honey. Serving up innovative scratch-made Southern favorite dishes and cocktails daily.

State Farmers Market Restaurant

When it comes to “farm to table” it doesn’t get any closer than the State Farmers Market Restaurant. Its breakfast and lunch menus feature dishes made from ingredients purchased right there on-site at the market!

Remember, buying and eating food sourced and made from scratch right here locally is a lot healthier for your body and also helps to support the local economy as well.

So what are some of your favorite farm-to-table restaurants in Raleigh? 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 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication on 919Blog.com