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Success C o nn o isseur
DOWN & DIRTY
A passionate and productive addition to the South Beach food scene, the farm-friendly fast food fanatics
behind DIRT believe that in order to be well, you’ve got to eat well.
TEXT BY RYAN JARRELL
PHOTO BY BRETT HUFZIGER
Less than 2 years old, local eatery DIRT has already ingratiated itself as a key component of the petite (if passionate) Miami health food
scene. Branding itself as a “farm-to-table dining at its most convenient,” DIRT’s impressive selection of serially-sourced noshes cater to
every crowd of cuisine-clique, from paleo to vegan and everything in between. Helmed by Chef Nicole Votano, graduate of the French
Culinary Institute and former founder of healthy meal delivery service Slenderlicious, DIRT is helping locals rephrase the way they think
about health food with a cool, casual atmosphere and toothsome delights you’d swear were terrible for you. One of our most favored fares?
The Mai Fun Vegan Wrap, a whole-lotta wholesome veggie topped with their house-doctored Sriracha sauce; DirtEatClean.com.
Interested in exploring a herbivorous lifestyle, or just want to participate in all those Meatless Monday hashtags that pop up all over the
‘gram? We’ve got your primer to cruelty-free cuisine in the city right here.
TEXT BY RYAN JARRELL
Research is integral to any task as arduous
as eating meat-free in Miami (where
even the bread contains lard!) There are a
number of daring and darling blogs devoted
to keeping it cruelty-free in and around
town. Our personal favorite is the chicly
presented Meatless Miami, spearheaded by
the staff at Sweat Records. From reviews
to R.I.P.’s (it’s sad to see how short-lived
some healthful chowhouses are), Meatless
Miami offers a truly comprehensive guide
to this sometimes frustrating lifestyle.
50 ASK AWAY
If you have a question about something on
a menu, you should always feel free to ask.
There’s no need to be self-conscious about
something as innocuous as vegetarianism,
and your server is trained not just to schlep
around your supper but to inform you as to
your options. As far as things that “seem”
vegetarian on the menu? Well, you know
what they say about making assumptions,
right? Imagine the shock of discovering
your tasty “vegetable” soup was simmered
in beef stock.
Are you exasperated with identifying
what’s actually meat-free on any given
restaurant’s menu? Then why do it?
There are a seemingly infinite number of
vegetarian recipes online just waiting for
your perusal. Recently released gems like
Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook by Del
Sroufe and Dana Shultz’s The Minimalist
Baker’s Everyday Cooking means you’ll have
plenty of succulents spreads to prepare
without the stress and savings-strain of yet
another meal eaten out.