Readers' Favorite Green Restaurants

Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina. Via www.tupelohoneycafe.com

Our recent list of "10 Great New Green Restaurants in the U.S." cooked up plenty of responses from TreeHugger readers. Namely, you said the list should be longer. Ask, and you shall receive. While our list was based on newer restaurants, and culled from the Green Restaurant Association database, our Facebook followers had more ideas. And we're always happy to hear good ideas. So here's a rundown of some of the suggested, great green restaurants from our great, green eaters. Extra special thanks to folks who included web links and mini reviews in their responses:

The Vine in Grants Pass, Oregon, doesn't have a microwave, because everything is cooked fresh to order. Foods and wines are purchased locally. There also are vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

"They are health and heart conscious ... an amazing experience and wonderful food," says reader Patricia Coleman.

Cafe 27 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has a menu of "seasonal bounty produced by local farm families," according to its website.

"Solar panels on the roof and a greenhouse patio garden," according to reader Mike Brilowski.

Four Cafe in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, is featured in the L.A. Times for its healthy, organic, American contemporary and vegetarian cuisine.

"Great seasonal menus with produce from the farmer's markets and sustainable meats," says reader Malka Youngstein.

Fuel Cafe, in Memphis, Tennessee, boasts: "Our meats and poultry are grass/vegetarian fed, antibiotic-free and humanely raised without hormones, chemicals or additives. Our seasonal seafood is always wild caught and we offer tasty vegan and vegetarian entrees as well."

"They recycle and are Project Green Fork certified," notes reader Shauna Espey.

Raw Aura (outside the U.S.) in Port Credit, Ontario, is reportedly beautiful, healthy, sexy and organic, besides being a place that serves raw food.

Magpie Caterers and Cafe, in Sacramento, California, follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list of sustainable fisheries when designing its menus.

The Daily Grub, Omaha, Nebraska, offers discounts to eaters who skip the car and ride their bikes.

Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, offers a fresh take on Southern cuisine. The restaurant also sells a cookbook that benefits Manna FoodBank and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

"Wonderful service, too," adds readers Stephanie Sanders-Cunningham.

Of course, it doesn't end here. No list is ever complete. Thanks for your suggestions and bon appétit.

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