Locavore Eateries Near You

Locavore is a new movement that involves eating produce grown or harvested in your area and supporting local farmers. Restaurants are jumping on the bandwagon and offering “locavore” menus that buy ingredients from a network of regional suppliers.

Locavore Eateries Near You

According to Local Food Plus, an Ontario-based non-profit organization, sustainable-food purchases in Canada increased 92 percent from 2007 to 2008. Dramatic increases in food and (until recently) fuel prices, combined with the growing awareness that vibrant communities depend on a diverse and sustainable local economy, have caused many Canadians to re-evaluate their grocery lists.

Wellington Gastropub

1325 Wellington Street, Ottawa
613-729-1315
www.thewellingtongastropub.com
The national capital’s first official British-style gastropub, which opened in 2006, serves local brews complemented by a menu that features vegetables, meats and other products from suppliers in the Ottawa region. (When they can’t source local, such as for seafood, they buy Canadian.)

The Wooden Monkey
1685 Argyle Street, Halifax
902-444-3844
www.thewoodenmonkey.ca
This intimate, earthy eatery satisfies the senses as well as the conscience. The menu features organic, macrobiotic and regional ingredients, and the business promotes local environmental initiatives. Mains $10-20.

L’Atelier
5308 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal
514-273-7442
The “Workshop” offers fine French cuisine made with fresh terroire ingredients from Montreal’s famous markets. This bring-your-own-wine establishment is tucked away in the city’s hip Mile End/Plateau district, so it’s the perfect place to start for a night on the town. Mains $30-45.

Epic Restaurant
(Fairmont Royal York)
100 Front St. West, Toronto
416-860-6949
www.epicrestaurant.ca
This high-end hotel restaurant sets a new standard in eco-chic, with a menu featuring herbs, honey and grapes cultivated on the hotel’s rooftop garden. The restaurant has also partnered with the OceanWise Conservation Program to make environmentally responsible seafood purchases. Mains $33-48.

Fusion Grill
550 Academy Road, Winnipeg
204-489-6963
www.fusiongrill.mb.ca
Canadian game and seafood take centre stage. Indulge in wild Manitoba elk garnished with fresh Saskatoonberries and forest mushrooms. Mains $20-40.

Calories Restaurant
721 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon
306-665-7991
www.caloriesrestaurants.com
Owned and inspired by husband and wife team Rémi and Janis Cousyn, Calories’ reputation is built on a commitment to supporting small-scale producers in Janis’s hometown, and a menu that reflects Remi’s upbringing and culinary training in the south of France. Mains $20-34

Homefire Grill
18210 100 Ave., Edmonton
780-489-8086
www.homefiregrill.ca
This Aboriginal-owned restaurant features locally-sourced bison, lamb, chicken and beef roasted over a wood fire and prepared according to traditional recipes. Mains $15-27.

Bishops
2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
604-738-2025
www.bishopsonline.com
Since opening in 1985, the flagship restaurant of renowned chef John Bishop has been a leader in promoting sustainable cultivation and use of regional Canadian fare. Mains $35-41.

To check a restaurant’s “locavore” ethic, take a minute to review the menu (often posted online) before booking your reservation, consult blogs or newspaper reviews highlighting restaurants using regional suppliers, ask market farmers for names of restaurants that buy their products, and test the serving staff’s knowledge of where the ingredients come from before placing your order.

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