Diverging from chain restaurants not only supports local business and agriculture, but there’s something satisfying about knowing where the ingredients you’re eating come from. One of the best places in Phoenix to “go local” is The Farm at South Mountain.
Located on 32nd Street between Southern and Baseline, The Farm is a local gem with a history dating back to the early 1920s. As you drive down the picnic bench-lined road, you’re greeted by pecan trees and garden beds with seasonal vegetables.
Morning Glory Cafe is a great spot to grab breakfast or brunch with family and friends. The dog-friendly patio offers plenty of tables, self-serve coffee and a great view of the grounds. The menu is just as diverse as the vegetables growing in the garden and includes dishes like chicken enchiladas with a fried egg and a sweet and savory porridge with sausage and apples. There can be a little bit of a wait on the weekends, but a stroll through the garden melts away the time.
Quiessence is open for dinner and is located at the back of the property. The quaint restaurant provides an escape from the city - no hustle and bustle or cars whizzing by, just the serenity of The Farm. Quiessence’s menu is constantly changing and is based on dishes that feature local and seasonal ingredients.
For a truly memorable experience, call ahead and reserve the Wood Oven Table. This special table is located next to the wood burning oven in the courtyard of the restaurant and is secluded from the other diners.
Included with this reservation is a multi-course market fresh meal that is determined by the chef and can be customized to your preferences. A custom wine pairing is also available to highlight each course.
No matter which restaurant you choose, The Farm at South Mountain is a local gem worth discovering.