During the Cretaceous Period, getting in touch with nature typically involved high fiving a gingko plant while pestering a triceratops to stop hitting itself. Evolve past primordial bullying with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of organic lunch fare at The Farm Kitchen at South Mountain, located on South 32nd Street. This agriculture-oriented eatery invites city dwellers to escape to an organic oasis outfitted with pecan trees, grass lawns, gardens, art galleries, and more. The lunch menu scintillates with the promise of fresh seasonal sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods. An area appropriate for kids, dogs, and ravenous imaginary pals alike, The Farm Kitchen's spacious and relaxed eatery encompasses a dedication to wholesome food and friendly service.
Fourteen Yelpers give the Farm Kitchen an average of four stars, and 87 Yelpers also give the Farm at South Mountain an average of four stars. AZCentral.com awarded the Farm at South Mountain "Reader's Choice: Best Local Treasure 2010".
- Delicious local fare…Seriously, if you want to go out for a picnic with some really good food, and not hassle with packing the basket, this is your place to kick back and relax. – Neil B., Yelp
- On a sunny day, the huge picnic table littered lawn here hosts droves of peeps just waiting to dig into deliciousness to the tune of deli. This place easily makes the top ten restaurants to visit while we're in Tempe. – decoux m., Yelp
The Farm Kitchen at South Mountain
When Dwight Heard, the future founder of Phoenix's Heard Museum, purchased a swath of fertile riverbed land in the 1920s, he saw it as an opportunity to promote rural self-sufficiency instead of urban development. Nestled beside South Mountain, the 10-acre farm demonstrates the same commitment to rustic tranquility today, earning azcentral.com's 2010 readers' choice award for Best Local Treasure and serving as a romantic backdrop for a 2012 episode of The Bachelor, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. In addition to a small farm of naturally grown flowers and produce, The Farm at South Mountain includes three separate restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The original of these three restaurants, The Farm Kitchen, satisfies noontime cravings with picnic lunches in an idyllic patio setting that Frommer's described as "an oasis reminiscent of a deep South pecan orchard." A shade-casting canopy of pecan trees and locally grown clouds surrounds visitors as they sample sandwiches with slow-roasted turkey and chipotle mayo or salads with organic field greens and roasted seasonal vegetables.