A Southern Gem
Located in downtown historic Brunswick, Georgia, there is a cozy little restaurant named The Farmer and the Larder. The Farmer and the Larder is locally owned and operated by Chefarmer, Matthew Raiford, a 6th generation farmer and formally trained chef, and Food Alchemist, Jovan Sage, a herbalist and chef. It’s the kind of restaurant that a struggling downtown scene needs to help breathe some life into it. I first heard of The Farmer and the Larder from my mother. It came highly recommended. The first time that I ate there, I didn’t take any pictures of my plate. Don’t you hate when you forget to do that? So, I thought that it would be great to do a restaurant review; pictures and all.
The restaurant is a galley style space, or if you’re from the south like me, it’s like a shotgun house. When you walk in the door, you can see all the way to the back of the restaurant. What it lacks in space, it makes up for in atmosphere. The lighting is soft and warm. The furniture is wooden, and the walls are a soft shade of green that coastal residents love.
The customer service at The Farmer and the Larder was stellar. Our server was very knowledgeable, warm, and inviting. We were the first customers of the day, and it wasn’t long before the restaurant began filling up.
Taste of the South
My cousin had the berber spiced lamb burger with harissa mayo. It was topped with tomatoes and whipped feta and served with roasted potatoes and a side salad. Of course I had a bite of her burger, and O-M-G, it was the bomb! The seasoning was just right and the meat was tender and juicy. I had the ginger garlic duck breast that was served with diced parsnip and sweet potatoes. The veggies were fresh and the duck was lightly seasoned. Had I paid attention to the fact that it was the breast, I wouldn’t have gotten it. I’m not a lover of overly lean meat, so breasts are not my thing. I got to have some meat-fat in my life! I love the flavor of it. The duck was good though.
I decided to be adventurous and try a drink that I had never had, so I had the strawberry basil Italian soda. The flavor was very interesting; in a good way.
The food at the Farmer and the Larder was moderately priced. It’s the kind of place that I can only treat myself to once in a while due to my budget. My cousin and I spent a little over $45 together for our meals. Did we get what we paid for? Of course. This wasn’t no fast-food joint!
The experience was good. We had a good meal, a good drink, and good conversation in a good atmosphere. I would recommend The Farmer and the Larder if you are interested in a good bite to eat, a break from the norm, and an intimate setting.