These last few weeks of summer send chefs scrambling for what’s left on the vine. The scent of tomatoes just picked, sliced thick on BLTs, diced atop freshly stuffed tacos, or layered on a platter and dressed in olive oil, salt, and pepper, there’s nothing like a fresh heirloom tomato to make a dish sing with flavor. Here are a few dozen of our favorite restaurants for heirloom tomatoes on OpenTable.
Bouchon Bistro, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Yountville, California
Under the brilliance of Thomas Keller’s restaurant empire, chef de cuisine Josh Crain crafts an equally memorable salade de tomates for the Bouchon family of eateries. He makes his heirloom tomato salad with burrata cheese, English cucumber, pine nuts, young basil, and a parmesan vinaigrette. Make a reservation at Bouchon Bistro.
The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar, Squamish, British Columbia
Among the menu of small plates and spectacular views, at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar in gorgeous Squamish, British Columbia, Chef Matthew Aleksich loves to capture a bevy of local ingredients. He serves his pick of heirloom tomatoes atop a bed of basil pesto, mixed greens and a garnish of burrata and pine nuts at this Pacific Northwest destination eatery. Make a reservation at The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar.
Josephine, Nashville, Tennessee
Josephine’s chef Andy Little knows his way into southern hearts: bacon mayo, of course. He makes his heirloom tomato dish with Amish tomato, bacon mayo, grilled onion, toast, and basil. Make a reservation at Josephine.
Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach, Florida
Miami’s spicy side comes to life in a unique version of tomato and melon salad at the exotic Jaya at The Setai Hotel. The avocado and pink peppercorn vinaigrette puts it heads and tails apart from the typical melon and tomato salads elsewhere – with all the spices in the salad made in-house, part of flavor master Vijayudu Veena’s trademark skillset. Make a reservation at Jaya at The Setai.
Little Park, New York, New York
They’re cute, delicious, easy to love, and sometimes, handheld. Behold heirloom tomato tarts, and the Little Park version is prepared with cloumage, pickled shallot, and petite basil. It’s worth a train ride to Tribeca before the city’s tomato supply runs out. Make a reservation at Little Park.
312 Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Chef Luca Corazzina knows what all burrata and tomato fans know: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. He stays true to the classics with his crostini di burrata, prepared on housemade grilled garlic focaccia with fresh burrata, baby heirloom tomatoes, basil, and organic olive oil. Make a reservation at 312 Chicago.
Soby’s, Greenville, South Carolina
In what’s becoming one of the South’s most coveted dining destinations, Greenville chef Shaun Garcia of Soby’s is serving his marinated heirloom tomatoes with field pea salad and herb dressing. Make a reservation at Soby’s.
Le Coq Rico, New York, New York
Chef-owner Antoine Westermann upgrades a traditional Eggs Benedict to entrée status in a nod beyond brunch. His go-to heirloom tomato dish is a roasted tomato steak with poached egg, thyme, and Béarnaise sauce. Make a reservation at Le Coq Rico.
Estiatorio Milos, New York, New York
It’s easy to forget that most Greek salads have a wedge or two of tomato. The Greek salad at Estiatorio Milos features the heirloom variety along with cucumbers, extra virgin olive oil, and barrel-aged feta cheese. Simple but flavorful, it’s a standalone entrée or harbinger for a heartier dinner or lunch. Make a reservation at Estiatorio Milos.
Castaway, Burbank, California
Chef Perry Pollaci whips this heirloom tomato dish into shape with basil whipped goat cheese and roasted strawberry chia seed jam at this Burbank restaurant. One of So Cal’s best places to get city views, snag a seat at the wrap-around bar or chef’s table. Make a reservation at Castaway.
DBGB DC, Washington, D.C.
Chef Nicholas Tang, who cooks at the helm of Daniel Boulud’s DBGB DC, makes this part brasserie/part tavern the place to try a flawlessly toasted focaccia with basil pesto, burrata and heirloom tomatoes on a menu that celebrates contemporary French-American fare. Don’t forget to add a housemade sausage on your visit to this CityCenterDC locale. Make a reservation at DBGB DC.
One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Tomato soup is in demand all year long, but during heirloom tomato season is when to flock to chef Mark Dommen’s One Market Restaurant. His heirloom tomato soup is special, with ‘nduja crouton, fromage blanc, and marjoram, available on both the lunch and dinner menus. Make a reservation at One Market Restaurant.
Casa Lever, New York, York
Ursini ‘Solo Gentile’ olive oil, buffalo mozzarella, and basil make Casa Lever chef Domenico Natale’s caprese something special with Kumato tomato at this Midtown East Manhattan restaurant. Make a reservation at Casa Lever.
Left Bank Brasseries, San Jose, Menlo Park and Larkspur, California
The words tartine de tomate make tomato lovers swoon – after all, what could be better than savory tomatoes and bread? From chef David Bastide, heirloom tomatoes pair perfectly with grilled country levain bread, roasted garlic, arugula, basil, goat cheese, fleur de sel, and balsamic reduction. Make a reservation at Left Bank Brasserie.
The White Bull, Decatur, Georgia
White Bull fans say it’s a farm-forward restaurant, and that fits. Chef Pat Pascarella serves his heirloom tomatoes with his housemade ricotta, green goddess dressing, frisee, and tomme. Make a reservation at The White Bull.