CLEVELAND -- New to the Cleveland food scene, Urban Farmer is actually an import.
The concept started in Portland, Ore., but at this second national location, the manager says it's all Ohio.
At Urban Farmer, the meats, cheese, veggies, even the floorboards, come from Ohio farms.
"We came out a year ago and introduced ourselves to local farmers, and ranchers, started getting them to produce animals and crops for us," said General Manager Troy Christian.
It's only been open for a month, but already locals and the guests at its home at the new Westin Cleveland Hotel seem to be enjoying it.
"The cheese guy, to the meat guy. ... They're educating us and it was very good," said Greg McIvain, who was in town from Philadelphia.
"We're serious about what we do. We're really passionate about it, and there are some phenomenal chefs in this market," said Christian.
The friendly competition among famous local chefs, like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, who Christian named, was part of Cleveland's appeal, he said.
The steak menu reads more like a wine list. With a shorter growing season than other spots, they've already started pickling and preserving veggies to last through the winter. The jars are decoration now, but they will be served in a few months.
"Local is best. It's fresh. It's close. You can create the relationships. You know the care that's put into the product every time," said Christian.