Need Valentine’s Day Inspiration? Check out these restaurants serving up local foods!

by | Feb 9, 2024

Lovebirds all across North Carolina are making Valentine’s Day plans and restaurants across the state are preparing special menu items highlighting locally-produced ingredients that will make you fall in love all over again.

Reservations might be hard to get, but North Carolina-sourced food is easy to find. Here are a few restaurants serving up fresh, local food this Valentine’s Day.

The Hackney – Washington, N.C.
The Hackney opened in 2019 under the leadership of Chef Jamie Davis. He and his team create a Southern eclectic seafood led menu, meaning that our dishes are a fusion of all the cuisines that have influenced the South: French, Spanish, African, Native American and English.  The menu always fits on one page to ensure freshness of ingredients and minimize waste, it also constantly evolves with the availability of local seasonal ingredients. This Valentine’s Day, The Hackney is serving a special braised short rib from Wheat Swamp Angus, a family owned and operated farm in Snow Hill. The short rib will be served with rice from Tidewater Grains (Oriental, N.C.) and dehydrated strawberries from Beaufort County Organics (Blount Creek, N.C.)

Visit The Hackney online here.



The Market Place – Asheville, N.C.
Nestled in the heart of Asheville, The Market Place is a charming eatery that epitomizes the farm-to-table philosophy. The Market Place is operated by Executive Chef & Owner William Dissen. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a three-course pre-fixe menu. Starter options include wood roasted beet salad, seared scallops and cornmeal fried oysters. Main course options include Sunburst Farms roasted trout, Hickory Nut Gap pork tenderloin or semolina carbonara. Diners can opt for either vanilla cheesecake or flourless dark chocolate torte for dessert.

Visit The Market Place online here.


Catch – Wilmington, N.C.
For those seeking a coastal rendezvous, Catch 17 in Wilmington promises a Valentine’s Day celebration inspired by the bounty of the sea. Visit Chef Keith Rhodes’ restaurant and indulge in a romantic seafood feast featuring fresh catches from North Carolina’s coast. From oysters harvested nearby to succulent shrimp and flaky fish, each dish at Catch tells a story of the state’s vibrant coastal communities.

Visit Catch online here.




Farm Table – Wake Forest, N.C.
Executive Chef Steven Bobbitt is preparing a special menu of local foods for this Raleigh-area staple. Why not start with crab topped shrimp as an appetizer before tucking in to a pork chop saltimbocca or seafood pasta as your main course. Cap the night with a passionfruit crème brulee and a glass of North Carolina wine.

Visit Farm Table NC online here.