Local Root
Local Root

Local Root

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.localrootchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3126431145x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Isaac Welivér
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us for more information: (312) 643-1145
  • Entertainment: Occasional live music and special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario
  • Public Transit: Walking distance from Michigan Avenue busses.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on Ohio or Ontario is recommended, also a number of parking garages nearby.
A word from Local Root
Located near Navy Pier, Local Root is a tranquil oasis of locally-sourced, organic freshness offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

For dinner find seasonal favorites like free-range chicken and bbq pork ribs, grass-fed steak frites and fresh seafood special, teamed with locally sourced organic cheeses and charcuterie boards. A full bar includes local craft draft beers, regional wines and familiar spirits from unfamiliar local brands.

Casual-by-day lunch provides a lineup of fresh salads, soup, flat-breads, burgers & sandwiches featuring seasonal farm-to-table ingredients alongside house-baked breads, muffins, cookies and our own custom recipe sodas.

Weekend brunches offer innovative menu additions like crepes du jour prepared from prairie organic flour with seasonal fruit, bbq brioche and prosciutto baguette and bar service featuring the ever-popular bloody mary and bottomless mimosa.
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Local Root reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (22)great for brunch (20)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (14)kid-friendly (12)romantic (8)special occasion (8)notable wine list (7)hot spot (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Fresh and delicious
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was great and the service exceptional. They could not have been more accommodating! Highly recommend and pricing is great, especially so close to Navy Pier.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their gimmick is not a gimmick
    Samuel
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I am used to seeing gimmicks at restaurants that are trying to hide their lack of quality, one could easily think that is all Local Root is doing by only serving locally sourced food. The reality is that they focus on the highest quality ingredients, in simple, well thought out dishes to really showcase the best of the midwest. Definitely a must try for anyone with a passion for sustainability and an interest in ethical food. Don't expect huge dishes, but you'll definitely leave satisfied, and unless you get a lot of drinks, you probably won't spend more than $20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious Find so closeby
    CJ13
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    In town for a convention and searched organic dining options. How lucky I was to find Local Root. Quiet neighborhood cafe atmosphere. Signature Lamb Sticks were a delight. Topped by the freshly baked (still warm) baguette and delightful salad. My guests enjoyed the chicken plate. I was craving the Lamb and warm baguette and was lucky enough to get to return tonight for an encore meal. Delish. Coffee also lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    Rosie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Local Root is a neighborhood gem with excellent and friendly servers. The brunch is high quality and plentiful. Fantastic location for the growing number of hi-rises in Streeterville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 1
    sofiadujourVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Restaurant is very cozy when you're grabbing dinner by yourself! Very friendly service. Comfortable arm chairs. Loved the crabcakes, with their crunchy crust. The frisee was too tart but had it been toned down, I would have loved the citrus and "tamed" greens (they were soft, not unruly as frisee has a tendency of being). Brussels sprouts (that day's sauteed veg side) had a delicious orange glaze but were too al dente (I shouldn't need force when cutting each sprout in half). One of my favorite parts of the dinner was actually the warm baguette and olive oil - I ate more than half!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to love it.
    eatrealfood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I try to eat clean, organic food and have multiple food intolerances so it is difficult to eat out. I was thrilled to find Local Root. The food was good but the steak salad I had which was supposed to have Autumn vegetables came with just lettuce, a few dried cranberries and the steak which I asked for medium rare was medium. My husband enjoyed the salmon, they could have been more generous with the potatoes - they aren't expensive. The flourless chocolate cake was delicious according to my husband. The service was very good.
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  • New Age charm
    MDSchicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A fairly new entrant to the local-sourced movement, this is an unpretentious place with great food and very helpful servers. The mac 'n cheese with pulled pork is delicious and decadent. We asked our server which farmers markets they use to source their produce, and he wasn't sure. Twenty minutes later he came back with a full report from the chef. Thoughtful and low-key approach that takes their mission seriously.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Always wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Local Root is consistently great with especially great service and nice people. It's like home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific gem, don't miss it, delish
    karlynVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a wonderful soup-- so fresh and satisfying. The crab cakes are to die for. "Don't miss it, don't even be late" ;-0 yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Good I Ate There the Next Night
    Localvore
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Locally sourced restaurants have phenomenal food, and this one didn't disappoint. Fresh food, great cheerful service, and amazing salads and desserts. Also, when I got there they had my table ready and knew my name all because of the opentable reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Root
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Total dining experience was very good. The food was very tastey.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • walk here from navy pier
    bruce
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went to Navy Pier for Shakespeare and stopped here, mostly to spend my $20 Open Table check that was expiring. The hostess and server greeted me by my first name from the reservation--something no one's ever done before. And the lamb appetizer was of the quality of high fine dining--not to be missed! I will never dine on Navy Pier again when this place is in walking distance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Perfect spot for everything. Nice owners, lovely staff, awesome food, unique, not a chain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    MalH
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyed local root for a recent brunch get together for 7. Food was a little bit unique without being weird - decent choices for foodies and traditionalists alike. A little pricey, but the service was quality.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Locally grown, and delicious
    sbpresserVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My significant other and I had been meaning to try this new place in South Streeterville and only regret that we didn't get their sooner. The food was superb, and each item delicious in a unique way. We ate out on the sidewalk, and were treated very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    dvsindyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Based on all of the good reviews we read, we were very disappointed with our experience. From the average service, to the overly spicy margarita to the strange crab cake...overly spiced and odd tasting. On the good side was the salmon and Mac & cheese. Wouldn't return will all of the other restaurant Choices in Chicago. Count these foodies in the disappointed group.
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  • overpriced!
    veggiegirl
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I ordered a "berry salad" for $12 that was good, and had fresh spinach and good balsamic vinegar, but didn't come with the almonds it said it would, and no side of bread or anything. That was just about the cheapest item on the menu!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great for brunch
    BrenlrVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great brunch menu. Excellent mimosas. Our group of 6 enjoyed all of our entrees and had great service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Service lacking, brunch ok
    SnapFoodLove
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I've been to the restaurant for dinner and had great experiences, but brunch was not great. Service was slow and not attentive. Some orders were burnt. Coffee was not brewed during brunch hours. I'll go back for dinner, but I'll skip for brunch. Eggs Benedict was tasty and unique with pulled pork.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great, unique place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I really liked Local Root. The food seemed to be healthier than most restaurants and the portions weren't way too big like most restaurants, however, they were enough to fill me up. The server was also very helpful in picking out a wine for us. They knew we were celebrating my birthday, so at the end, they brought out yummy ice cream on the house!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sweet find
    SusieQ
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Tucked away just steps from the lake is this lovely casual dining venue. Featuring only locally grown ingredients on their menu offers a refreshing option from mostly fast food choices in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    localfoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I stumbled across Local Roots while walking to Navy Pier and was struck by the restaurant's logo and outdoor eating area. The food and service was absolutely amazing and extremely fresh. I really appreciated the emphasis on local and sustainable sources. The waiter was incredibly helpful and attentive. Everything about the restaurant was wonderful. This was by far the best meal I had while in Chicago. I hope to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sure to expand
    JKChicagoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Local Root offers interesting, flavorful food drawn as locally as possible. Our meal consisted of a pulled pork poutine appetizer (more than large enough to share), scallops, and a crab cake salad. Having recently relocated to Chicago from Massachusetts, we know the scallops were likely not local but very good and nicely spiced, but the crab cake was a bit disappointing atop an otherwise quite enjoyable salad. The coconut-lime mojito tasted like a regular mojito; the old fashioned was very subtly flavored with bourbon cherries. Local Root's decor is austere but functional. There is but a single location now, but based on our experience we suspect there will be more.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Took my 13 yr old there for dinner on a recent trip to Chicago. We ordered the crab cakes, Mac and Cheese and a burger. It was all delicious. Everything is local and prepared/presented beautifully. The service was great. The prices were very reasonable too. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free!
    Celiaczek
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Generally I don't like dining out because of sensitivity to gluten but Beatrix I will keep going back to Beatrix whenever I get the chance. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good on many levels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time to Chicago and stumbled upon this spot near the navy pier. There were many great options for drinks, starters, small plates and bigger plates. The hipster types working here are very laid back but attentive. I would definitely go back. Great dinner/drinks for two under $75 all in.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AerolVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Good food, but slightly overpriced for what it is.
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  • Great food- great staff
    ChiGirlDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I've been coming here since it opened, and haven't had a bad experience as yet! The staff- Reggie, Jason, Chef Isaac, Abbey and more are so great and attentive. Menu items are always delicious from the burger to the salmon... and their deserts are amazing! Great for a quiet night when you want to catch up with friends and enjoy great local, wholesome food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Local Root
    DPCLouisvilleKY
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Good food. Server was spread out too thin. The kitchen was very slow getting our two dishes out and they were not that busy when we placed our order. Only thing that saved the meal, the food came out hot.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexible great food
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Local Root specializes in local sourcing of all of their menu selections and catering to vegan and vegetarian as well as steak eaters. My husband enjoyed his delicious steak and frites. I chose a wild mushroom flatbread with truffle oil. It was definitely the best flatbread I have ever eaten. We shared a dinner salad that was served with a coffee balsamic dressing. The dressing had rich flavor with only a hint of coffee. The wait staff was attentive and helpful with suggestions and slight menu adjustments. Outdoor seating is on a neighborhood sidewalk with interesting people watching but not a great view of anything but a city street. Tuesday night was half price bottle of wine night which was a pleasant surprise. Worth a visit!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over seasoned, perhaps lunch?
    GoWest
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I wanted to keep walking when we saw this "restaurant" - it looked like a more hip Starbucks. There was a more appropriate, albeit, awkwardly decorated dining room further in, though. Everything was over seasoned - the remolaude sauce for the crab cake was so spicy, it would take your face off. And the salt - well, I've had my sodium in take for the week. Would like to see what this place does for lunch, so I'll give them another try. Only this lunch will be to go!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Love Local Root!
    KatieAllie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I can't say enough great things about Local Root-everything was amazing. Will return on my next trip to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Local Root reviews archive.
  • based on food I wouldn't recommend
    ExplotingLA
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This place has 3.5 stars on yelp and is located really close to the W Lakeshore, where I was staying. I liked the fact that they use products from local IL farms and decided to try it out. I ordered the Champagne Chicken and fries. The chicken was really dry and the fries were too salty for my taste. I had some wine that was really good and the service was great. I might try them out for breakfast, but would not recommend, based on my meal. I went on a Thursday night and there was a live jazz band, which was also nice.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • disappointed
    luv2VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I was expecting some great fresh flavors but got a stack of crumb coated rubbery eggplant slices drenched in a tomato sauce that was too heavy for the dish. A light creamy lemony sauce would have been better. The slightly burnt crumbs coating the eggplant took away from the eggplant. Freshly sourced foods deserve better.
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  • Local sourced
    Root
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food included lots of vegan options. Had a burger- overcooked. Others enjoyed their food. One in the party had a piece of plastic in her salad.. Not great impression. Seemed like service was a bit bored and uncommitted.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive staff, tasty food
    more2eat
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We got stuck in traffic, arrived later than planned, so told waitress we didn't have much time. She paid attention and made sure we got out in time. Menu was small but very good choices that weren't all just rehash of other restaurants. Tastes were great. Food was fresh. Wine was also good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yikes!
    DGDG
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My husband had read some good reviews, so we checked it out last night. We were somewhat suspicious that the place was almost empty at 7pm, and when we stepped inside the reason started to become clear. There was such an over-whelming odor of some type of cleaning chemicals (I think that's what it was!) that we asked to be seated outside. When I ordered a glass of white wine, I was served something that had either been from a bottle opened weeks ago, else if it was a new bottle, the year was too long ago to still be good. The neighboring table said one of the items they ordered was good, but that the other one had too much oil in it (something with the mushrooms I think). We decided to pay for our drinks and leave without eating."
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  • Great find- lovely place
    Gingin
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Was in town for a conference and wanted a quiet but good place for a small group dinner. This is the place- great food, good drinks and attentive service. Had the crab cakes and they were as good as all of the prior reviews. Then the eggplant tower- wonderful.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice mix
    JebaVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Not many places have a good mix of vegan and non vegan meals, but local root does.
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  • Flavorful and Fresh!
    Janut
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We love supporting Farm to Table type restaurants so we were thrilled to find Local Root. The food was so flavorful and fresh with unique combinations. The duck egg appetizer with asparagus and bacon was fabulous. Also loved the crab cakes, probably the best I've had. Vegetables were cooked perfectly and the desserts were sublime. Would love to go back and sit outside on a warm day. Great find, but wish there was valet parking.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.