Chef & the Farmer

  4.6 – 1 reviews  $$$ • American restaurant

Creative, locavore New American fare in an upscale, urban-rustic spot featured on a PBS series.

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Vivian Howard is a chef, author, and PBS personality from Deep Run, NC. … author, occasional TV host, and restaurant owner from Deep Run, North Carolina.

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Eastern North Carolina food with a Vivian Howard twist. 120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501.


Tyler Johnson
What an awesome experience! My wife and I discovered Chef Vivian and this restaurant years ago when her PBS show “A Chef’s Life” premiered and at the time we were living in CA but we had always told ourself we would stop by and eat here if we ever vacationed nearby. Fast forward to today where we now live in OH so during our weekend getaway to North Carolina we finally got to try it!
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Dawn Hauger
My husband and I planned on visiting as part of our vacation. The whole experience was better than anything we anticipated. The food was exceptional. The delicate balance of flavors is hard to put into words. We were shown around the beautiful restaurant by our wonderful hostess, Kristen.Thank you for the calas. They were delicious, of course. Being fans of the show, it was extra fun to see everything in person. I highly recommend this restaurant for the quality of food, warm welcome from all the staff, and beautiful setting. Looking forward to when we can return.
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Michael Dailey
My wife and I have been watching Vivian’s PBS shows recently. I decided to bring her for an early Birthday present. Never had Collards before but based on the many reviews I’ve read we tried the Flash Fried Collards. They were fantastic. We had the NY Strip and Chicken Confit. Both were delicious. Brown butter mash as a side was really good. For dessert we had the Carrot cake. I love Carrot cake and this one didn’t disappoint. Not the typical heavy frosting ladder Carrot cake. It was very light and had a slight mocha flavor that was a pleasant surprise. The staff was very pleasant and helpful especially our waitress Kashia. She was there when we needed her and handled everything beautifully.
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l c
Oh my goodness! What a delight to eat at Vivian Howard’s restaurant. It surpassed our expectations by a mile! The ambiance, presentations, flavors, variety and service was excellent (Susan snd others)! We were not sure about some of the reviews we read and almost cancelled our reservation but are so glad we went anyway! My partner said the pork chop was the best he had ever eaten. He also raved about the basil infused gimlet. I found the Miso gingered collard greens and the marinated cucumber noodles to be the highlight of the meal. I also LOVED the strawberry salad which had an amazing strawberry dressing. The 10 layer chocolate cake with vanilla chantilly cream was spectacular. Im not a fan of caramel but the rest of the dish was so good I would order it again. We shared the cake and are glad we did because there was plenty to satisfy. We are looking forward to our next visit already as we live in upstate NY and only get this far south occasionally .
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Brian Hard
The restaurant gets how to restaurant. Everything about my experience here; from service to food was beyond expectations. The menu is kept simple to survey the right ingredients to the right taste profiles. I was thrilled with the custom cocktail menu. My choice was the cherry old fashioned. I had the lasagna as my entree and loved every bite. They allow for plenty of time to eat and socialize despite being quite busy. The space upstairs can get a bit noisy when busy but it wasn’t distracting.
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Thomas Pangborn
Stopped in for a meal with the family on my daughter’s 21st birthday from Raleigh. The experience was wonderful. The waiter and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, though the waiter did not catch my Ribeye order and instead brought me a New York Strip, regardless, the food was amazing. We had the flash fried collards, the cheese bread, a few libations, and our main course with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. We also splurged for dessert. The floor plan has changed quite a bit since our last visit, but was quite nice. If you’re in the Kinston, NC area, stop by and see what Vivian has done with the place. You won’t be disappointed.
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Tilak Kalaria
Chef & the Farmer did not disappoint again! This place lives up to the Vivian Howard hype. All the seasonal items we tried from the meat and cheese platter to the sweet potato biscuits were absolutely delicious. The chicken parmigiana was sous vide then spread and battered before being fried – very deliciously tender meal! The NC trout, NY strip steak and the pork chop were also amazing and cooked to perfection. The beef lasagna is another unique dish that I recommend trying. Also, their wine and cocktail list is vast and their bar tenders take their drinks to the next level. To top off the excellent ambience the service is top notch which creates a a culinary environment conducive to all sorts of events! I highly recommend the Chef and the Farmer experience. Side note, while waiting for your table visit Mother Earth brewery.
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Star Cooper
Oh my..!!!
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Elia Mills
Two and a half hour ride to celebrate my birthday.
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Robert Baxter
I have been struggling with this review. I do not like writing non-flattering reviews based on a single visit. But I also think that people reading reviews deserve a complete story.
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