Thursday, August 8, 2013

Restaurant Review: Dirt Candy

Hubby and I were lucky enough to check out Dirt Candy last night, thanks to our friend Jen who had made reservations 2 months ago!! This is an all vegetarian, trendy and tiny restaurant which is getting tons of hype for the creative, delicious cuisine. Chef Amanda Cohen, who named the restaurant based on her theory that vegetables are "candy from the earth," is really brilliant - serving up unexpected pairings with hearty, filling and savory vegetables.

The restaurant itself is teeny tiny, with only about 20 seats and one waitress. They offer half glasses of wine, which is a great concept if you are into trying a few different varieties or into pairing a different type of wine with each course. They even had a couple of non-alcoholic drinks - I chose the Rooibus Iced Tea which was refreshing and delicious. The two downfalls of the space are that there is no air conditioning (tough for a preggo!) and the chairs are 3 legged and somewhat unbalanced. Luckily though, the meal experience more than makes up for the plain atmosphere.

Hubby and I shared everything, starting with the Jalepeno Hush Puppies (spicy, airy fried corn meal) served with maple butter. We loved the unexpected contrast of flavors, it was a great start to the meal. We also had the Mushroom dish which consisted of a mushroom mousse, thinly sliced portabello mushrooms, a peach-fennel-ginger compote and truffled crostinis. It was YUM!

We then had an incredible dish of Corn Grits with cilantro, ricotta salata cheese and mushrooms, topped with a tempura egg. This was my favorite for sure!!

The restaurant is known for its clever and tasty Broccoli Dogs, which strangely and suspiciously smell just like hot dogs (thanks to the way they are smoked, and the addition of mustard). They are also hearty and surprising... topped with broccoli sprouts, and with sides of broccoli leaf chips and slaw wrapped in a thinly sliced radish, this was way better than I expected. We both loved them!

There were so many interesting desserts to choose from but we finally settled on the Sweet Pea & Mint Ice Cream, which was served among layers of chocolate, frozen cream, and a cookie shell. Cool, refreshing and delicious!! We could not get enough. 
This restaurant was definitely worth the 2 month wait. Even if you aren't vegetarian, I promise you will love the interesting combinations, powerful flavors and creative dishes. Anyone else been, and agree?



  1. Yum! I'm so glad it lived up to expectations. I had heard the broccoli dogs were good, but couldn't actually believe it was true. Now I have to make another reservation, hopefully one I can actually get to!

  2. Sounds amazing! Definitely a "must try" on my list!