Welcome to one of the city’s finest and best reviewed restaurants. Reservations are a must and are hard to get. The chef has been written up countless times in national press, and people come from all over the country to dine here.
Did I mention it is vegan? OK, “plant-based menu” is the more palatable phrase for the hesitant omnivore. But as a flexitarian who loves fish and dairy, I can tell you this restaurant has broad appeal. My meat-eating friends agree. You’ve just never had vegetables like this before!
Be warned, this is an expensive spot, true fine dining with the high level of service and comfort you would expect. The menu features small plates to share, and you should consider 3-4 plates per person for dinner.
The Dirt List features seasonal ingredients, showcasing one primary vegetable per dish with a very particular preparation (like truffle oil and black garlic). The hot selections are more substantial. But my favorite dish on the menu is the portobello mushroom carpaccio. I know, I know, but trust me on this one.
If your funds are limited or you’ve missed the reservation window, try happy hour on weekdays from 17:00 – 19:00. The bar menu features cut-price wine and beer, lovely discounted house-made cocktails, and a limited selection of $ 6 small plates. If you are lucky enough to get a bar table, you just might be tempted to stay for dinner.
Also, check out V Street, their other restaurant, with its vegan take on global street food.