Greenest To-Go

Critics' Pick

Ellwood Thompson's uses compostable carry-out containers. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Ellwood Thompson's uses compostable carry-out containers.

Richmond lags way behind states west of the Continental Divide in promoting eco-conscious dining, and only a few restaurant owners here are doing much to change things. Some who’ve gone greener include:

Sprout Market & Café is a rare local bar that recycles; its Green Duck containers for takeout are biodegradable. Secco Wine Bar, Mezzanine, the Empress, Savor, GlobeHopper Coffee, Acacia Mid-Town, Boom Boom Burgers and Wyndham Virginia Crossings also use Green Duck containers and recycle. Most also buy local products from earth-friendly artisan growers who don’t have far to drive.

Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market sets the eco-dining standard, with compostable or recycled aluminum carry-out containers, rain barrels out front, a white-painted roof, composting to make liquid fertilizer, recycling, light-emitting diode illumination, local foods and other efforts. Customers who bike, walk, skateboard or arrive by bus get 25-cent “enviro-credits” while they make Richmond a shade greener.

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