By John Dangaran |Originally appeared in the Palette Magazine
Today the American diet is as diverse as ever. Whether following a trend, embracing a lifestyle or making changes for health reasons, people have increasingly picked up alternative eating practices. And restaurants are following suit. Whether you’re eating a vegetarian, vegan, paleo or gluten-free diet, there are a number of options that can help you become — or keep you — a healthier and happier diner.
Normally, when you think of a restaurant that is farm-to-table, images of fine china, white tablecloths and small portions come to mind. DIRT, on Washington and 5th in Miami Beach, is taking the fresh ingredients, health consciousness and environmental awareness to a fast-casual setting. The place feels more like a juice bar than it does a traditional, sit-down restaurant; especially since there is no table service. Seating is available for those looking to dine in, but orders are made at the counter.
They make it easy for diners with preferences and restrictions — from vegetarian and vegan to full paleo and gluten-sensitive — by providing each group with a dedicated menu. The concept is simple: Provide local, healthy, sustainable food that won’t just benefit the customer but also the community. One fine example is the juice menu. All house-made, cold-pressed juices are served in custom glass bottles that are fully recyclable. Patrons are encouraged to return them with a $2 bottle deposit refund.
Things to try: Build your own breakfast sandwich starting with cage-free eggs; have a shot of the Refresh cold-pressed juice with ginger, apple and raw honey; try the proprietary fair-trade espresso with house-made almond mylk (or grass-fed dairy milk); or dig into the DIRT X Jugofresh Winter Bowl with winter squash, cashew puree, toasted quinoa and zucchini tossed with cranberries and pumpkin seeds in a roasted shallot vinaigrette.
232 5th Street, Miami Beach
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