01 - Deadhorse hill
281 Main St. / Worcester, MA
In an informed and thoughtful way, deadhorse hill purposefully does not list where the ingredients are from on their menus. However, the staff at deadhorse is impeccably educated about where their food comes from - Lettuce be Local, a local food hub located in Sterling,MA. It isn’t just about Massachusetts though – it’s about using Lobsters and Blueberries from Maine, and embracing the offerings that grow right here in New England. In a way, when you dine here, you are giving back to your community – not just from an economic standpoint, but from a revolutionary one as well – to start eating again what we have been naturally given and letting our chefs show us just how good it can be.
02 - Lock 50
50 Water St. / Worcester, MA
Lock 50 serves up local ingredients and local music - that’s a combination that’s hard to deny! On $1 Oyster Night (Wednesdays in the summer) you’ll find that each week they come from close by, just on Cape Cod typically– boasting with local flavor freshly caught. It continues not in the summer months with localized mushrooms, vegetables, cheeses, and breads.
03 - Bull Mansion
55 Pearl St. / Worcester, MA
Bull Mansion is one of the most historic spots in town, so it’s not a surprise that they try to incorporate local ingredients as much as they can to be the ultimate “local” establishment. They source ingredients from Lettuce be Local, King Creek Queens Greens, Applefield Farm, and Overlook Farm. Charcuterie, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Burgers, and even the cocktails vary local ingredients galore.
04 - Birchtree Bread Company
138 Green St. #5 / Worcester, MA
Do we think there is a mile radius cutoff for being counted as local when it’s made right in your own kitchen? Just kidding. But there is something enticing about having a sandwich on bread that was made right in the back with local greens and cheeses from a variety of farms including Brookford Farm of New Hampshire. All of Birchtree’s bread and pastries are made in house and from scratch, so when you pair them with local sprouts, lettuces, arugula, and other vegetable varieties, you are getting an experience that quite frankly isn’t offered at many other places.
05 - Figs & Pigs Kitchen + Pantry
50 Foster St. / Worcester, MA