We love our strong local food movement, and the great array of locavore and farm-to-table Ithaca restaurants we now have to choose from. Sourcing their veggies, meats, bread, milk, eggs, fruit, and more from local Ithaca food sources, and constantly changing their menus in harmony with the seasons, creates a wonderful culinary experience that is always “fresh”!
Here are some of our favorite Ithaca locavore restaurants:
Agava – “Southwest-inspired farm-to-table”, and just down the road from Stone Quarry House. We can offer a coupon for a ‘free’ dessert with the purchase of an entree. Also, the Rita Happy Hour with a reduced price margarita flatbread form the wood fired oven, and a margarita cocktail all for $12 is a very satisfying early supper from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Hazelnut Kitchen – Farm-to-table in the finger lakes, located in the picturesque neighboring town of Trumansburg. Call for reservations.
Moosewood Restaurant – World famous vegetarian cuisine in downtown Ithaca, they have been cooking farm-to-table since before it was cool!
Viva Taqueria – California-style Mexican cuisine, served fast and fresh! They source many local ingredients, including their beans and tofu. The main dining room tends to be a bit loud, but they can’t be beat for takeout!
Ithaca Beer – Local beer and local burgers at the Ithaca Beer Taproom. In the warmer weather the outside dining by the bocce court is great for families with children.
Le Cafe Cent-Dix – Near another favorite, Just A Taste, a tapas bar Ithaca’s have enjoyed for many years, is the relatively new Le Cafe Cent-Dix, also on North Aurora Street just around the corner from the Commons.
Stonecat Cafe – “Organic regional cuisine”. A bit of a drive, but well worth it! Get a seat outside on the deck for a great view of Seneca Lake’s wine country. You may find your waitperson is able to tell you the actual variety of potato and farm where it was grown!
Bandwagon Brew Pub brews their own beers, and has a unique basement environment with stone walls and a lively bar.
Ithaca Farmers Market – A must-see for any foodie, Ithaca’s vibrant Farmers Market is host to many ready-to-eat food stands. Notable for their commitment to farm-to-table cuisine is the delicious Macro Mamas. Sol Kitchen prepare their locavore meals using only solar power!