WEST LOOP — In search of fast, farm-fresh and gluten-free meals in the booming West Loop?
Dirty Root, which touts locally sourced ingredients, gluten-free meals and customizable bowls, is set to open at 939 W. Randolph St. at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Longtime friends and co-founders Matt Dobleman and Connor Lacy set out to create a healthy, locally sourced restaurant after finding few quick-dining options for those who subscribe to certain health-focused diets.
Dobleman and Lacy teamed with Chef Justin Milius, who previously worked at the Purple Pig and Balena, to create Dirty Root’s menu. The restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options that highlight local and seasonal produce from Genesis Growers in St. Anne, Ill. and Nichols Farms in Marengo.
Ingredients and their sourcing will be displayed on the walls of the 1,200-square-foot spot.
For breakfast, Dirty Root will offer up customizable bowls, gluten-free goat’s milk biscuits, sweet potato hash and other morning faves.
The restaurant will also offer customizable bowls for lunch and dinner. Diners can choose from three bases: ancient grains, greens or a cauliflower rice and mushroom pilaf. From there, guests choose two sides — like summer cabbage slaw and za’atar-spiced carrots — and from a choice of four proteins (chicken thighs, wild salmon, Harissa-spiced pork meatballs or sweet potato and chickpea falafel cakes) before the bowl is topped with a housemade sauce.
Check out the restaurant’s full menu here.
The eatery replaces Eastman Egg Company that shuttered last summer, according to Eater.
Dirty Root will be open daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.