Restaurants use Local Food in Minneapolis

Outside of Gardens of Salonica

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is blessed to have so many restaurants that use local foods produced by family farmers who live only a few hours from either downtowns. The Heavy Table blog does a great job reviewing restaurants in the Twin Cities especially those that use and celebrate food produced by local farmers.

One of our favorite restaurants is Gardens of Salonica in Minneapolis. Owners Anna and Lazaros, opened their doors in 1991 and pride themselves on using local, all-natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. The best part is that they have been using Zweber Farms ground beef for several years now.

This past Friday, Lisa, the boys and I delivered some ground beef to the restaurant. Anna is always a delight to see. She treated us to some melitzana (eggplant puree) with homemade and warm pitas. The boys ate the stuff like it was candy. We also stayed for lunch. Lisa and I had the gyros and the boys had a chicken breast kabob with a side of seasoned fries. The meal was fantastic!

Erik enjoying his meal

Gardens of Salonica is great because the restaurant has an ambiance of a family dinning room. The day we were there, Anna floated from kitchen to dinning room to tables and back with a huge smile on her face and making sure all her customers we satisfied. This is why we enjoy working with Anna and Lazaros.

We are blessed to have found a restaurant that has the same values and beliefs as our family farm. Our family is committed to providing wholesome, healthy products to our customers while keeping our family and the care of animals our top priorities. Anna and Lazaros serve wholesome, healthy meals using the freshest ingredients while keeping their family and their service to their customers their top priorities.

So the next time you are looking for a great restaurant to dine out at, please visit Gardens of Salonica on Fifth Street NE in Minneapolis.  They even have take out; so you can have Zweber Farms take out!

Thanks Anna for a great lunch!


Jonnie, Lisa, Anna and Erik (enjoying a fry)

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more,


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