Black Dirt, the Place to Find Unique Foods from a Wildly Creative Mind
Jonathon Justus opened his Black Dirt restaurant on the Plaza at 5070 Main Street in early 2018, and customers couldn’t be more thrilled. From his beginnings at the iconic Justus Drugstore in Smithville, Missouri, his has been a long strange trip, to say the least. He has earned two James Beard nominations along the way. He spent his childhood in Smithville, returning in 2007 after stints as a bike messenger in San Francisco and a chef in France to open his farm-to-table restaurant with wife, Camille Eklof. Over the next decade, he created menus derived from obscure local ingredients.
Black Dirt’s focal point is the restaurant’s chandelier, which he personally created from the root of a Missouri hackberry tree growing from the stump of an elm tree. Why this piece? He wanted his restaurant to feel subterranean, as if you are actually in a natural setting, of the dirt. The Black Dirt menu includes seafood, which is new for Justus, and a wider array of vegetarian, vegan and paleo options, including his wife, Camille’s, favorite: a chopped kale salad with broccoli, turmeric, pickled cabbage, dried cherries and pepitas in a fragrant lemon vinaigrette.
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