32 / BEYOND GRITS The Sage Rabbit $$ L D V “Sustainable,seasonal,and local”is the unwavering motto of Chef John Foster’s artisanal Chevy Chase restaurant.The menu is constantly changing to highlight the absolute freshest ingredients in town – local meats,house made pasta and seafood seasoned with fresh herbs and vegetables“two hours out of the ground.”In the mood for a classic?Their always-on-the-menu hamburger,“the Hoppy,”is made from house-ground local beef and a secret ingredient that will keep you guessing.The covered patio,which is also dog friendly,is an inviting and casual venue.Serving lunch and dinner and Saturday brunch. 438 SouthAshlandAvenue – (859) 523-2095 – thesagerabbit.com Smithtown Seafood $$ L D V Another farm-to-table venture of one of Lexington’s most celebrated restaurateurs,Ouita Michel,Smithtown serves both creative and traditional made-from-scratch dishes that feature local and sustainable ingredients. Pop into their location atThe Barn atThe Summit at Fritz Farm and enjoy wild-caught fried catfish,flavorful salads,fish tacos,fresh-shucked oysters, ethnic tilapia dishes and more.Their original location is adjoined toWest Sixth Brewery,where the neighboring FoodChain grows their greens,herbs and tilapia at their aquaponics operation. 501West Sixth Street – (859) 303-4100 The Barn atThe Summit at Fritz Farm – (859) 303-0011 smithtownseafood.com 48 FOODIE APPROVED 47