Another Healthy Place To Grab a Bite To Eat in Back Bay, Dig Inn

I first discovered Dig Inn while visiting New York City for work a couple of years ago. When I heard they were opening up in Boston this summer, I couldn’t wait to try it. I remembered it being good but not overly health oriented. They either must have revamped the menu or I remembered it incorrectly because this place is all about real wholesome food and one of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat in Boston.

photo via Boston Magazine

Their tag line is simple, “We serve seasonal American food, mostly vegetables, from farmers and partners as close to home as possible.”

I was invited to the opening this summer but was in Cape Cod and couldn’t make it. As soon as I got back, I attempted to visit but couldn’t stomach waiting in the huge line with Tommy in his stroller. It also didn’t help that Sweetgreen right down the street was recently closed for a health code violation.

So I waited and now I’m sharing my opinion. I know I’m a little late to the game but this place is worth highlighting on my blog since it has quickly become one of my favorite places. As a former Back Bay resident, this ‘hood should have a lot more healthy options than it does. I don’t love B.Good. I don’t know why. I just don’t. Maybe because they use the same weird steamed vegetable mix for half their menu items. I do love Sweetgreen but the line is relentless, I don’t like to call ahead because I like my dressing mixed in and my last grain bowl (the curry cauliflower) was disappointingly small and unwhelming. Another healthy, quick option on Boylston is a welcome addition for me!

On my first visit, I ordered one of their signature bowls. You have the choice of starting with a base of a quinoa tabouleh, brown rice or greens. Then you get to add 2 market sides that vary with the season and then a protein which rotates but usually includes a chicken breast, chicken thigh, tofu, salmon, steak or meatballs (the last is an odd addition but they looked good). They have dressings too if you want them but you really don’t need them in my opinion.

I went for the quinoa with chicken plus market sides roasted beets and the black kale with feta and tomato side. I loved it.

Dig Inn Market Bowl

What I like about the market bowls is that a lot of times, calories pile on at “healthy places” in the form of salad dressings. You don’t get that here really but I guess you could… You can see the nutrition info for the most part here but it’s what you’d expect, 178 calories for the salmon, 232 for the charred chicken, 160 calorie for the brown rice. There are no menu items that sound light but list high for calories.

The food tastes fresh and you can see the cooks literally in the kitchen.

The brunch menu nutrition information is not available but that didn’t stop me from ordering the gluten free quinoa waffle, topped with ricotta and maple syrup. This was a perfect portion size for me. Yes, it looks small in the big bowl but this was a Wednesday morning pre-working out having a little biz meeting. I wasn’t looking for a Belgium special. They do of course have avocado toast and overnight oats among other delicious sounding lighter options.

quinoa waffle dig inn

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday 7:30 until 10:30 am and select items later on the weekend like quiche. They are open until 10 pm for dinner, which is an awesome opportunity for a boozy, cheap dinner out in one of the most expensive neighborhoods of Boston. On weekends, they don’t open until 9 am.

Nick and I have been in many times. I usually just get the market bowl and try different sides. I highly recommend getting the succotash as a market side, the homemade siracha and one of the Kitchen Sink cookies.

I haven’t dabbled in the hot sides but I’m sure I will this winter. They do have less sounding farm to table items like mac and cheese which would be a good kiddo option.

This location also has beer on tap, but I’ve only indulged in the Kombucha. They do have fresh pressed juice as well.

The line snakes around and can be a challenge with a stroller but I’ve done it a couple times, both during peak (T was asleep) and off peak hours where we moved through the line fast. Don’t be discouraged by the line though, it moves pretty fast. You can’t order online or call ahead.

They are already planning to open two more locations including one Downtown and one in the Pru by summer 2017. Dig Inn is located across from Copley Square on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets. This is the second new healthy restaurant I’m loving this fall. Check out my review on the new Pressed in the South End here.

What is your favorite menu item? I need to be more adventurous but always fall victim to ordering the same thing?

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