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Originally appeared in Munch Miami

The health food scene has been growing at a steady rate in Miami for quite some time now, starting slowly with the opening of a couple of hard to find cold pressed juice bars and farmers markets, to what now seems like an overabundance of options to choose from. With all these options suddenly becoming available, how do you know what’s good and who’s just trying to join in on the fad?  Well, if you’re the kind of person that cares about supporting local community and sustainability, DIRT is the place for you. The good folks at DIRT make sure the local farmers they partner with have the same standards for the type of food they serve, making sure most of their meat and produce are organic, and free of GMOs, antibiotics, hormones and other harmful substances. Dirt has a deep care for the way they impact their local community and even the environment, so much so that they made sure that the energy they use to power their restaurant is 100% pollution-free. With every aspect of what they do carefully thought out, it’s no wonder they’ve grown such a huge following, and the food really speaks for itself.

The menu at DIRT is seasonal and changes according to the availability of certain fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens. The menu during our visit was filled with autumn classics like squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato, and almost every section included one of these star ingredients. They really did a fantastic job of curating each dish and made sure there was something for everyone; vegetarians and paleo dieters alike.

Recommended DIRT Dishes:

We started our visit with the Spiced Pumpkin Nut LatteSpice Tea Latte, and a classic cup of English Breakfast tea. The Spiced Pumpkin Nut Latte is part of their Autumn menu and is a definite must try, surpassing any prefabricated pumpkin spiced flavor you’ll find at your big name coffee shops.

Accompanying our coffee was another seasonal menu item: the Butternut Squash + Goat Cheese toast. Topping the list as one of our favorite menu items, the gluten free toast was generously spread with soft whipped goat cheese, chunks of caramelized butternut squash, and sprinkled with toasted sunflower, pumpkin, and hemp seeds. If I could make this for myself every day I would, it was that good.

We followed that up with DIRT x Taquiza Tostada, which had vibrant green smashed avocados spread generously over intensely blue handmade tortillas from Taquiza. These two dishes are great starters to any brunch outing, and are easy to share with your friends.

Following the toast and the tostada, was a beautiful seasonal menu item: the Dirt x Sun Fresh Farm & Ranch Breakfast Bowl. This dish consisted of two Sun Fresh over easy eggs, spiced lentils, sweet potato, wilted wild arugula, roasted carrot puree, fresh herbs, and shaved veggies. Vibrant and full of color, this dish is the perfect representation of Autumn in Florida.

Next, we had the Dirty Steak + Cheese: an homage to the classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. This healthy version of the messy classic, is filled with layers of flavor and is probably the next on our favorites list. Two grilled slices of gluten free toast are the vessel of choice for the perfectly sliced herb marinated butcher’s cut steak, creamy jalapeño Monterey jack cheese, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, local tomatoes, sunflower sprouts, and horseradish greek yogurt “aioli” sauce. It’s delicious and makes for the perfect lunch dish as it is not overly heavy and doesn’t leave you feeling gross…unlike it’s cheesy brother.

The next dish is the star of their autumn seasonal menu. the Autumn Plate has caramelized brussles sprouts, roasted sweet potato-banana mash, shaved vegetables, and pomegranate molasses. You have the option of adding protein to your order, so we went ahead and added some chicken, but you can honestly do without it. It’s a great veggie dish on it’s own and the sweet potato-banana mash help make it a satisfying meal.

Next, we had the Chimayo Chili Bowl, found in the Globally Inspired section of their menu. This burrito inspired dish is filled with gluten free bamboo rice at it’s base and topped with sweet potatoes, heirloom beans, stewed tomatoes,  greek yogurt, sharp cheddar jalapeno jack cheese, and spring onions. This dish is filling, veggie friendly, and a definite must try. Lucky for you it’s not a seasonal dish, so you can find it in their regular menu year round.

If you’re looking for a quick post workout pick-me-up or you’re in the mood for an antioxidant boost, look no further than their Acai or Dragon Fruit bowls. Both are distinctly unique and are both sweet and tart at the same time. The acai bowl consisted of acai, coconut water, coconut meat, blueberries, mango and honey, topped with strawberries, kiwi, banana, and gluten free house-made granola. The dragon fruit bowl consisted of fresh dragon fruit, banana, pineapple, fresh almond butter, and local wildflower honey, blended with house-made almond and brazil nut milk, and topped with blueberries, bananas, kiwi, and gluten free house-made granola.

Last but certainly not least, is this large and in charge, gluten free peanut butter cookie. Not too soft and not too hard, this semi crunchy, thick, salty, and sweet cookie was the perfect end to our meal. If you’re in the mood for a quick snack, and you’re not interested in overly processed sweets, you should definitely stop by DIRT and check out their desserts; they’re constantly changing and they sell out quick, so get there early and get their quick.

All in all we had an amazing experience. The staff was friendly and attentive, making sure everything is clean and the ambiance is relaxed. If you’re looking for an environmentally conscious, locally sourced, and organic restaurant that serves really really good food, look no further than DIRT.