After the pounds of turkey/sweet potato/stuffing/gravy/casserole/the-list-goes-disgustingly-on, I think we’re all savoring our few days of detox before our chocolate Cadbury advent calendars begin.
I couldn’t think of a better way to detox than to reminisce about my brunch experience with my mom at Dirt Candy, a well-known vegetarian restaurant owned by girl boss and chef Amanda Cohen that recently moved locations and launched a breakfast menu.
After doing several embarrassing laps on Allen Street and almost giving up, we finally found Dirt Candy. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a speakeasy. There’s just a lot of construction and badly marked ‘house’ numbers.
I couldn’t get over the menu. Not only did it have all of my favorite brunch things, but it was all so refreshingly different. My mom and I “ooed” and “ahed” over items like the beet coffee cake, corn cob French toast, and a jealous Mary with green tomato juice.
We had to start with a round of soy lattes to buy us time to decide, which didn’t disappoint.
With a bit of caffeine in our systems, we were ready to order. We started with the tomato biscuits with basil butter and green tomato jam. Because why not. Not only had I never before tried tomato biscuits, but I’d never heard of green jam. The biscuits were flaky and flavorful, and I slathered on the jam (because it was made with vegetables and therefore healthy, right?)
Our first brunch order was a layered omelette with mint cilantro radish filling and whipped goat cheese. My usual brunch buddy, Paul, hates everything with goat cheese (and I mean even the tiniest bit that I try sneaking in our dinners), so I reveled in ordering a brunch item with goat cheese as the main event. My mother, like me, believes that cheese should be its own food group. This layered omelette was fantastic: light, well seasoned, and the perfect amount of cheesy.
We also ordered the zucchini pancakes with squash blossom butter after eyeing them down on another diner’s table. The zucchini pancakes were a modest portion, which we appreciated after scarfing down our scones. The squash blossom butter was so good that I bought Amanda Cohen’s cookbook..and then had a total “fangirl” moment and asked her to sign it. Needless to say, this dish was a standout.
The Bitches say: A+. This brunch was fantastic, and not just because it suited my vegetarian tendencies. Each dish was memorable and unique, and left us refreshed for our day in the city. We can’t wait to come back!
86 Allen Street
Lower East Side
(212) 228 – 7732
Dirt Candy serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.