Often called “Snail of Approval” these restaurants have met the Slow Food standards of quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food supply to that specific region. Restaurants which subscribe to the Slow Food manifesto are great opportunities to enjoy truly local cuisine and support the local food producers.
What is Slow Food? Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.
Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment.
Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and as a result bring about great change
Slow Food quality standards include freshness and wholesome ingredients, excellent care into the craft, consumers, and producers. To fit into the quality standard, food must be good, clean, and fair. Authenticity standards means that the food is true to its source, which means free of additives, local, seasonal, and can even relate to some cultural heritage. Sustainability standards mean that we are treating the environment fairly, reducing all the negative consequences of making food, and protect biodiversity when growing food, while being fair to animals being raised and the employees working.
We’ve selected restaurants in the souther U.S. making their own mark for sustainable, responsible and enjoyable food:
220 N. Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Our new soil-to-city restaurant features local, organic and seasonal foods of the highest quality. Enjoy outdoor seating in NOMA Square, an open kitchen with ringside seating along the Kitchen Counter, an open-air bar area, and a Harvest Table where guests can work with the chef to build their own meals. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
American Grocery Restaurant
732 S. Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
American Grocery Restaurant strives to serve refined American, seasonal cuisine, featuring products sourced from local and regional farms and producers. The AGR team believes it is a restaurant’s responsibility to understand where the products come from, how they came to be, and the love with which those products were raised. The restaurant’s custom wine room holds over 100 hand-picked artisan, boutique wines from all over the globe which exhibit the same level of distinction as the daily menu. The award-winning cocktail list features hand-crafted libations which also highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. AGR uses sustainable seafood and natural, hormone and antibiotic free meats and proteins from artisan producers. The menu changes frequently based on the freshest products that chef Clarke and his team can procure from local purveyors and the bounty of the seasons. An in-house pickling program preserves the seasons and chef Clarke’s butchery program utilizes the whole animals and is seen on dishes throughout the menu and in the charcuterie program. Featured dishes include fried deviled eggs; mussels with smoked paprika cream; grilled Romaine salad; potato crusted Sunburst trout; smoked pork belly; and local rabbit.