Fresh. Local. Organic.

Photo by Rolf Hagberg.

You know that difference between a juicy, ripe tomato picked warm from the garden and one of those tomato-shaped rocks you get at the supermarket? That’s the difference we bring to our food.

Fresh, local, and organic have become buzzwords, but we aren’t trying to be trendy. We promise never to charge you $29 for beet greens frozen in liquid nitrogen. Our goal is just to make good, reliable food that’s better than what you’ll get at your local Applebee’s.

Let’s be honest—that starts with being fresh. You know that difference between a juicy, ripe tomato picked warm from the garden and one of those tomato-shaped rocks you get at the supermarket? That’s the difference we bring to our food. We’re able to provide basil, jalapeños, eggplant, and tomatoes come from the gardens in the parking lot. We grow squash and pumpkin on the roof. Other produce is grown in nearby farms and picked the morning of the day it’s served.

Which, of course, is the beauty of buying local. Sure, it’s good for the environment (food miles and all that jazz). It supports the regional economy and provides jobs. But most importantly, it lets us know the quality of the stuff we’re serving. Over the course of the year, we get a full 33% of our food directly from small, local suppliers, and our larger suppliers source some of their food locally as well. The bison, the salmon, the duck, the beef? Most of it was raised or caught by people we know and trust. Our honey, maple syrup, pickles, jelly, bread, and more are also local. Heck, we even get fresh milk and eggs from local suppliers rather than relying on big-box distributors.

And when you get local products, it’s nice to know they’re not slathered in pesticides. We’re happy to say that we support organic farmers, and we use organic products whenever it’s feasible. We get organic produce from John Fisher Merrit, Rick & Karola Dalen, Kathy Jensen, and the UMD farm. Our coffee, teas, and even the cocoa in our hot chocolate are organic. So are the bread and buns, the salad greens, the cage-free eggs, and even the whole wheat and white flour. It’s better for the environment to use less chemicals, and we believe it’s better for you too.

So that’s the Duluth Grill promise—good food, as fresh, local, and organic as we can make it.