Most cities in the United States are home to a vast array of restaurant choices, including national chains and independent locally owned small businesses. Both types offer great experiences, but dining at independently owned restaurants has some unique advantages. It can be better for your health, better for the environment, and better for your local economy.
Food served at local restaurants is often produced locally, which may mean your meals are fresher and tastier. For example, if the seafood you eat is caught nearby, it never has to be frozen before it is cooked. By dining at independent restaurants, you can have a delicious seafood dinner that is caught fresh just hours before you eat it. Locally produced food is also likely to be organic, which means your meals might also be healthier. You may consume food with less pesticides and preservatives. Some independent restaurants even maintain small farms and pick their ingredients straight from their own crops.
Choosing local restaurant even helps prevent air pollution. On average, food travels about 1,500 miles before you actually consume it. Choosing independent restaurants that use food produced nearby may lessen your carbon footprint because the food you eat has not been shipped thousands of miles to reach your dinner table. As a result, the food may also be healthier because fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients the fresher they are.
Additionally, dining at independent restaurants helps support your community’s economy. In fact, independently owned restaurants return twice as much money to the local economy per dollar than national restaurant chains. So, not only is your seafood dinner from an independent restaurant fresher, it may also have supported business for waterman who live and work in the community. Likewise, if the produce in your meals is grown nearby, you are supporting the families of farmers in your community. Plus, when you support local people, the people who benefit give back to the community. Research shows that local businesses invest their profits in the community 60 percent more than national chains.
There are many benefits to dining at local restaurants. It can be healthier, tastier, better for the environment, and it can help your community thrive. Local restaurants are run by your neighbors who care about and contribute to your community as much as you do. Plus, local restaurants add variety to your dining choices! It is simply fun to try new things and explore all the delicious options your community has to offer!