You walk into a restaurant… determined to eat meat there only if it’s been humanely raised. You’re willing to go vegetarian if there’s no meat that matches your morals, but you hope they have something.
Ideally… you would have called the restaurant earlier, or looked at their website. The best time to ask about the meat is before you arrive.
But if you can’t get information ahead of time, here are a few potential scenarios that could unfold at your table…
If you’ve had a certain kind of restaurant experience — funny, frustrating, encouraging, enlightening – share it!
Humane Eateries Across America
Perhaps the web’s only list of American restaurants
that serve humanely raised meat in most of their dishes
Why it matters: More and more restaurants are offering humanely raised meat, but only in a few dishes. Humane Eateries Across America celebrates restaurants that are taking their committment to animal welfare to the max. You can eat at these places knowing that very little, if any, of your money is supporting factory farms.
How it works: A restaurant is listed here if it serves humane meat in the majority of its dishes, year-round (see sidebar for how I define “humane”). It is understood that supply may be interrupted if a farm can’t provide a certain product. Alas, I cannot independently verify any restaurant’s claim – this list is based on trust that the chef or owner is truthfully describing their offerings.
Let me know of any places that should be considered!
This list is just getting started… check back often for updates…
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What's a humane eatery?
Everyone defines "humane" differently. Humaneitarian takes a broad, inclusive view and believes that "humanely raised meat" should at least be anything that wasn't raised according to the standard, dominant factory farm model.
So a humane restaurant might serve any of the following kinds of meat in a majority of its dishes:
- 100% grass-fed
- Grass-fed primarily, then minimally grain-finished
- Pasture raised or raised outdoors on bedded pack
- Certified organic
- Free range
- Humane certified
Of course, if you have a narrower definition of "humane," you'll have a different interpretation of what a humane restaurant is. Here's a page on meat labels that can help you.