The Best Locally Sourced Restaurants in Abingdon, VA
In Abingdon, VA, farm-to-table isn't just a trend, it's part of the town's identity. This artsy Blue Ridge Mountain town even goes one step further, with a farm-to-stage story that dates back to 1933 and the founding of Barter Theatre.
During the Great Depression, out of work actors relocated to Abingdon and literally bartered theatre tickets for food from local farmers. Their motto? "Trading Ham for Hamlet." The arts and culinary scene of Abingdon, VA has grown out of the soil, making it an authentic experience for locals and visitors alike.
Check out these locally sourced restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience.
This local favorite pairs a rock n' roll sensibility with warm, friendly service and locally-sourced ingredients, some from their very own kitchen garden.
Luke's motto is "Locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients means food that is exceptional in taste."
The ever-changing menu is inspired by local availability and focuses on unique ingredients. The core message is “Old world, new world, whole world" which focuses on using old traditions and recipes blended with new technologies and styles and using the best local ingredients in a seasonal manner while blending multi-cultural influences. Customers will learn about new and interesting ingredients and the cultural influences of these ingredients. New cooking technologies will be blended with Appalachian and global cooking traditions. Menus are changed seasonally to allow for utilization of seasonal ingredients and to highlight chef creativity.
Chef Stephen Gilbert's focuses as a chef are on working with local farmers to develop unique ways to use and market locally produced ingredients. He has done this through demonstrations at local farmer’s markets, teaching classes through Cooking Along the Crooked Road and the College of Older Adults, consulting with community organizations, and building personal relationships with local farmers.
Located in the heart of the Historic District in downtown Abingdon, Rain Restaurant & Bar has been on the forefront of Abingdon's dining scene since opening its doors in the fall of 2010. Privately owned and operated by Owner/Executive Chef Ben Carroll, the restaurant's primary goal is to deliver a high quality, well prepared meal while providing excellent service and southern hospitality to all of our guests. The sleek, modern building is decorated extensively with artwork from local Abingdon artists Shawn Crookshank and D.R. Mullins.
Visit the website for a list of local farmers featured on the restaurant's menu.
The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace
Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is the gateway to Southwest Virginia’s rich culture and creative economy. Here you can see the work of regional artisans and musicians and find out about Southwest Virginia’s history, heritage, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty via stories and first-person narratives.
The center's cafe, open daily, serves up soups, sandwiches and daily specials highlighting the best of this 19-county region, as well as an extensive selection of food products, like preserves, grits, pickles and beer and wine.
White Birch Food & Juice
White Birch Food & Juice sources from almost a dozen local farms.
We believe that quality, sustainably raised ingredients (many of which locally grown) make the most nourishing, nutrient dense, delicious foods. We choose to use 100% locally raised meats (without any antibiotics or nitrates/nitrites), eggs & goat cheese, and as many local vegetables in season.
BONUS: The Harvest Table Restaurant
Located just outside of Abingdon in the tiny community of Meadowview, VA, this legendary restaurant was founded by Stephen Hopp and Barbara Kingsolver, the co-authors of the NY Times best-seller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
The Harvest Table Farm & Restaurant use exclusively local products, many of them grown on their own nearby farm.