As Mr.D put it so perfectly — if you want food that is fresher or more pure than True Food Kitchen you’d have to stand in the field and pull the vegetables out of the ground and eat them right there. Our experience with health food restaurants is hit or miss in terms of flavor, so when we drove into Phoenix in search of a ‘broccoli and carrot lunch’ that also satisfied the tastebuds — wow did we find the made-from-scratch tasty jackpot!
Walking in the door, it smells like a fresh produce market. A wide open space with modern minimalist decor, everything is spotless.
A menu designed according to the anti-inflammatory principles of owner/partner Andrew Weil (recent recipient of MOCA Tucson’s Genius Award) who is a celebrity doctor of holistic health, this is an offering with items like Beet Bruschetta with vegan almond ricotta, Kale Aid drinks, and Ancient Grains bowl with miso glazed sweet potatoes.
Meat-lover? Not a problem. Along with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes are the Grass-Fed Steak Tacos, Wild Caught Albacore Tataki with avocado, jalapeno and yuzu ponzu, the turkey burger, beef burger, free-range pan roasted chicken, and more seasonal organic options. Something for everyone. Also, the servers are very well educated on the sources of their ingredients and are beyond helpful with food allergy concerns.
Bonus — nice wine list and artisan cocktails. Try the Thai Grapefruit Martini with basil, grapefruit and organic vodka. It will change your day.
We shared the Smoked Turkey Wrap with avocado, tomato, cucumber, provolone and hummus. Fresh. Seasoned. Delicious. The kale salad was spritzed with fresh lemon juice for a tangy crunchy bite. Next, the Grass-Fed Burger with umami mushroom, caramelized onion, arugula, and parmesan on a flax seed bun. So pure, sans filler ingredients, and perfectly char grilled. The side of caramelly charred roasted veggies made us feel like we were adding years onto our lives.
Talk about you are what you eat! Afterwards, we felt energized with the sensation of “eating honest food that tastes good.” If you’re staying in Phoenix or just driving through, this place is worth a stop to relax and enjoy a menu of clean food to satisfy the body and soul.
Buen Provecho and Happy Exploring!
Amy & Mr.D
Notes: Menus change seasonally. Located in the swanky Biltmore Fashion Park mall, it can take some time driving into the city to True Food Kitchen, so we suggest taking a stroll around and checking out the shops after your health fest to make the most of your trek. Also, there is another location in nearby Scottsdale.
Here is a link to the Phoenix True Food Kitchen with location guide.
Here is a link to the Phoenix Biltmore Fashion Park store directory.