By Michelle Muslera | Originally appeared in Zagat
The Magic City is filled with talented folks who have forged it into the vibrant culinary destination it is today. Sure, some are well known, having received prestigious national accolades. But most fly under the radar as the superheroes who dutifully and passionately bring magic to our plates every day. Here, we shed light on these unsung champs and their impact on Miami's food-and-drinks scene.
The hero: Nicole Votano
Her lair: Dirt
Superpower: Whipping up healthy creations that also happen to be delicious
Origin story: After working at notable Miami restaurants, including celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment and Fooq’s in Downtown, Votano turned her considerable abilities to the fast-casual health-food haven Dirt. Her commitment to working with local farmers has kept the hip South Beach spot at the forefront of the city's farm-to-table movement.
232 5th Street, Miami Beach