Only a restaurant unabashed about its pursuit of fresh food would be named Naked Farmer. The small Florida chain’s St. Pete/Clearwater location is on Central Ave. in downtown St. Pete. Its grass-fed beef is supplied by the Providence Cattle Co. of Tampa. Although Naked Farmer is set in the city, that doesn’t mean it has to go far for much of its fresh produce, because it sources much of it from Brick Street Farms, an indoor urban hydroponic garden only two miles away. Naked Farmer, which is on a first-name basis with the folks on its farms, also reduces waste by using minimal packaging that’s mostly compostable.
A small, St. Pete-based group of restaurants, Noble Crust has big ambitions. In addition to its Noble Crust restaurant on 4th Street North in St. Pete, it has plans to open a new restaurant in the city, Noble Tavern Off the Farm, in 2023. With its own source of fresh, local produce, Fat Beet Farm, the three Tampa Bay-area Noble Crust locations serve what the company calls Deep South Italian cuisine – a fusion of Italian dishes made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Fat Beet Farm, in Tampa, has vegetable gardens, chickens and bees as well as a biodigester that turns kitchen scraps and crop waste into fertilizer. All of the water it uses come from rainwater, which it stores in tanks that can hold up to 35,000 gallons.
Sol St. Pete
A family-owned, local restaurant, Sol St. Pete specializes in scratch-made, healing and easy-to-digest food made with pasture-raised or wild-caught protein, fresh herbs, locally sourced produce, progressive wines, craft beers, sea salt, healthy fats and unrefined oils. None of its ingredients are GMO, and they are organic when possible. Its kitchen and menu are free of gluten, peanuts, soy and refined sugar as well as being lactose-intolerance-friendly. Sol uses only whole-food ingredients without preservatives. Nothing on its menu is processed or artificial. Sol’s main sources, some of which are noted right on its menu, include 15th Street Farm, slightly more than a mile away; Brick Street Farms; Frog Song Organics in Hawthorne; Cactus Hat Mushrooms in Tampa; Adieu Glu bakery in St. Pete; Vine Importers in Bradenton; Providence Cattle Co., and Gulf Coast Seafood in Gulfport.
Brick Street Farms
Brick Street Farms puts shipping containers on a downtown lot and customizes them with high-tech lights, climate controls and sensors and a supply of nutrient-rich water to create hydroponic gardens that supply nearby restaurants with the freshest possible greens and herbs. Brick Street Farms won the Retailer prize in the inaugural St. Petersburg Sustainable Leadership Awards, presented in 2022 by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and the Environmental Defense Fund in St. Pete. It supplies produce to many restaurants within 50 miles, including the Cafe Clementine bake shop in the Museum of Fine Arts, Cafe Gala at The Dalí Museum, 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Teak on the St. Pete Pier, Allelo, il Ritorno, Lingr, the Bier Boutique, Paul’s Landing at the Vinoy, Baba on Central, The Twisted Indian, Bandit Coffee Co., Bin6South, Buya Ramen, Copper Shaker, Pineapple Espresso, GypsySouls Coffee House’s locations in St. Pete and Indian Rocks Beach, Sea Grapes Eatery + Wine Lounge on St. Pete Beach, the Treasure Island Beach Resort and The Tides Seafood & Market in Safety Harbor and its restaurant there.
Providence Cattle Company
The cattle at Providence Cattle Company are grass-fed and raised without any antibiotics, and they’re born, raised, processed and distributed in Florida. Its cattle are raised at Double C Bar Ranch in Kenansville, south of Orlando. St. Pete/Clearwater restaurants serving Providence beef are: 3 Daughters Brewing, Bandit Coffee Co., and La DeJa Vu Café-Bistro-Restaurant, all in St. Pete; Caracara Asian Tapas, Tacos & Bar in Dunedin; The Tides Seafood & Market in Safety Harbor; and Three Brothers Pizza in Palm Harbor.