Our DIRT love affair is no secret. It’s one of those places that just makes you feel good when you walk in — and feel even better when you eat. Before discovering DIRT, our experiences with healthy(ish) places had been hit or miss. We usually ran into two problems:
1. We left the place hungry.
2. We left the place feeling cheated.
Not so with DIRT. The Miami Beach eatery fuses great value and great food for a great dining experience. That trend continues with the restaurant’s latest fall additions.
Chef Nicole Votano’s new menu items push your palate forward with fun twists on the season’s staple ingredients. One of our new favorite items: a Roasted Carrot + Sesame Dip. Topped with an almond dukkah spice, this small starter is the definition of “love at first bite.” Another seasonal item, the Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Toast is a worthy successor to summer’s English pea and goat cheese toast — it tastes like fall in your mouth; in case you can’t tell, that’s a good thing.
Our meal’s highlight, though, was the DIRT x Sun Fresh Farm & Ranch Breakfast Bowl: two Sun Fresh over easy eggs, spiced lentils, sweet potato, wilted wild arugula, roasted carrot puree, fresh herbs and shaved veggies. The Sun Fresh eggs are INSANE. How are eggs these good possible? So runny and perfect.
If you come in the afternoon, take advantage of the Autumn Plate, which is made up of caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato-banana mash, shaved vegetables and pomegranate molasses. You can order it as is or add your favorite protein. We opted for the latter, choosing the veggie burger at the recommendation of Chef Votano.
Full disclosure: We’ve always thought of veggie burgers as an abomination.
We had our doubts about our protein selection, but they were put to rest after we devoured the autumn plate in seconds. The burger looked like meat and tasted like meat, and it was delicious. If you’ve been on the fence about veggie burgers, give it a try; we would definitely eat it again, and we say that as die-hard carnivores. Should you want something lighter, there’s the Autumn Salad with local greens, shaved Brussels sprouts, sliced avocado, roasted carrots, cauliflower crumbles, spiced lentils, toasted seed mix, Parmigiano-Reggiano and honey sherry vinaigrette.
While it’s not on the seasonal menu, the Lemongrass Chicken Sandwich is another solid lunch choice that could easily double as dinner; it’s huge. Make sure to get it with the side of DIRT’s tomato soup, which is one of the best in town. Of course, you need something to wash everything down, and the Pumpkin Almond Smoothie and DIRT x Jojo Tea Chai Soda get the job done with refreshing autumn flavors.
When the seasons change here in Florida, we know it’s time to visit DIRT. And once you’ve had a bite of their fall menu, you’ll start doing the same.