What is a farm-to-table restaurant and why are they so popular? Simply put, it is a restaurant that routinely uses locally sourced food to prepare your meal. The menus are based on seasonal crops available in and around the local area. In addition, they are absolutely delicious meals that are also deemed very healthy for you.
A true farm-to-table restaurant offers only foods that are sourced locally. Other restaurants may have just a part of their menu locally sourced, while the rest of the menu is not, but they may still lay claim to the farm-to-table label. We have included several of these other restaurants that offer multiple menu items with fresh local ingredients.
If you haven’t tried a meal from a farm-to-table restaurant, you really must put this on your list as soon as possible
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
Located in the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the restaurant specializes in modern American comfort food with an emphasis on paying tribute to local food culture and featuring fresh ingredients from the Bentonville Farmers’ Market and other food artisans in the Ozarks.
The Hive $$$
200 NE A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Located in the 21c Hotel, the restaurant, under the direction of Chef Mathew McClure, features menus that pay tribute to the High South, using ingredients from regional farmers and producers. Menu items could include freshly milled corn meal, hickory smoked hams, and black walnuts.
Tusk & Trotter $$
110 Southeast A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Located a block off “The Square” in downtown Bentonville, a gastropub featuring a rustic-chic setting with locally sourced menu items. Owner Executive Chef, Rob Nelson, designed the space for wide appeal. From families to friends gathering for an afternoon of fun to the most sophisticated traveling gourmet, all are comfortable at Tusk and Trotter.
Oven and Tap $$
215 South Main St
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Oven and Tap, located a block off the square on Main Street in downtown Bentonville. Locally sourced ingredients and expert control of the wood fired oven combine to deliver delicious entrees of mainly pizza and pasta fare. As, if that isn’t enough, they even have their own pastry chef. Be sure to make a reservation as they are quite popular.
179 N Main St
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
James at the Mill $$$
3906 Great House Springs Road
Springdale, AR 72762
Located between Springdale and Fayetteville, AR in a stunning setting, the restaurant features hand crafted beverages, a rotisserie oven and a wood-burning grill. Chef Miles James offers a delightful mix of contemporary and American flavors utilizing fresh local ingredients when available. Try the local warm goat cheese salad with Yukon gold potatoes, Arkansas peppered bacon and warm frisse.
Greenhouse Grille $$
481 S School Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701
The Greenhouse Grille serves organic food year round and has an on-site organic garden. They have been Creating Conscious Food since 2006. It is their daily practice to select menu items that use organic, locally sourced ingredients. Try the House Bean Burger for a uniquely delicious treat.
The Farmer’s Table Cafe’ $$
1079 S School Ave
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
The Farmer’s Table Cafe, open for breakfast and lunch, has a kind staff, a lovely quaint environment, and an exciting menu of locally grown, healthy food. Travelers and locals alike rave about the locally sourced organic and home-made menu items. Breakfast meats are Choice Animal Welfare Approved, and eggs are local pastured.
Heirloom Food and Wine $$
113 S 2nd St
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
Located in historic downtown Rogers, the cafe specializes in natural foods and delicious wines. The menu is unique, fresh, and yummy. Ambiance is small, quaint, and chic with an intimate feel.
28 Springs $$
100 East University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Located in downtown Siloam Springs, AR this trendy hipster restaurant offers honest food and drinks made from real ingredients.
Four Corners Kitchen $$
1214 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Four Corners Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant featuring a
seasonally rotating menu depending on the ingredients that can
be sourced from local farmers. As you might expect, the largely
American cuisine, is about as fresh as you can find anywhere,
and Chef/Owner, Wesley, makes sure that every dish he serves
is flavorful and delicious. There’s also a wonderful bar with tasty
daily drink specials, and a good selection of beer.