Local Foods is part of the Benjy’s family of restaurants (it’s right next door in Rice Village). The modern deli is especially famous for its huge sandwiches— choose from house-made pastrami, duck confit, or Gulf shrimp stacked with as much local produce as two slices of bread will hold. Granted, the price (up to $15 a sandwich) is steep, but each comes with two impressive sides, such as house-made chips with Old Bay seasoning, Tuscan kale salad with raisins, pine nuts and parmesan, or a cup of homemade soup. Counter service and booth seating give the beautifully designed space a casual, modern feel.
At its second location in Upper Kirby, Local Foods has built a massive, beautifully landscaped patio that’s alluring in both summer and winter, when you can warm up outside between heaters and bowls of hearty posole (perhaps accompanied by a spicy kombucha margarita). Lunchtime offers solid sandwiches, while dinner gets a little fancier with specials like 44 Farms sirloin, Black Hill Ranch pork tenderloin, and free-range roast chicken.