This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick.

Farm to table dining is more than just a fad in Columbus! Many area restaurants make use of the abundant farmland around central Ohio to draw high quality meats, grains, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, and so much more. If you’re up for exploring how Columbus does farm-to-table, start with these eateries.

farmtotable1The menu at Skillet is driven by the seasons and by availability of ingredients from the area. Regular diners know to expect menu rotation at Skillet, but they know they can trust whatever father and son chefs Kevin and Patrick Caskey craft from local suppliers.

Worthington Inn has been a quiet leader of farm-to-table dining, crafting high quality fare in a historic location for years. Their website lists the farms, bakeries, breweries, markets, and distilleries from which they draw ingredients. Chef Thomas Smith even sources ingredients from his personal farm outside Marion.

The Table encourages you to “fork responsibly,” and they do their part to help you. Meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits are all sourced locally, and every bit – nose to tail – is used. They even bake breads in house and cure their own meats.

Acre has “farm-to-table” built into their name. They serve bowls, wraps, tacos, salads, and snacks – all easily taken to-go – with responsibly sourced ingredients. Check the wall menus to see where the ingredients are coming from this week!

Black Creek Bistro originated as an extension of the owner’s farm. It continually wows diners with specials like cheese plates from North Market’s Curds & Whey, seasonal duck gnocchi, Ohio ribeye, balsamic-glazed Ohio chicken, and many more.

farmtotable2Located in the Renaissance Hotel downtown, Latitude 41 often flies under the radar. From small plates to rustic pizzas to full tasting menus, Latitude 41’s chefs showcase Ohio meats, cheeses, and more.

Alana’s Food & Wine rotates menus daily, pairing excellent wines with a la carte plates and entrees crafted from seasonal fare.

Katalina’s is the quirky neighborhood cafe that excels at using area ingredients for breakfast and lunch: Shagbark Seed & Mill chips, North Market Spices, Fowler’s Mill flour, and more.

“Local tastes better!” says Harvest Pizzeria. With locations in Clintonville and German Village, Harvest delights visitors with small plates, salads, and pizzas, built on the goodness from area farms.

farmtotable3Many of the spirits produced in Columbus use all Ohio ingredients, too. Middle West Spirits sources Ohio red winter wheat for their signature OYO vodka, for instance, while Watershed Distillery draws on Ohio ingredients for their spirits. Brothers Drake uses all Ohio honey to craft their meads.