For the last few years, our cousins Amy and Paul have been telling us about this restaurant chain from Arizona, True Food Kitchen. One is opening in Santa Monica, so we are going tonight. You can’t miss it – it’s a behemoth of a space!
Airy, modern, environmentally friendly, and you can see all the kitchen action too. All of the dishes follow the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet.
They use ingredients from nearby/organic farms whenever possible.
First, we begin with the Local Vegetable Crudite.
Two dips: Black Olive and Tzatziki.
The veggies are served on ice – but it’s still a gigantic bowl. Split amongst four, it is actually quite filling!
We also order the Herb Hummus – I slather two pieces of pita, with cucumbers, olives, tomato, red onion and feta.
Next, two appetizers that are compliments of the restaurant! The daily raw fish – Saturday is Hamachi. And I’m eating about half of this plate.
My favorite – Edamame Dumplings with Daikon Radish and White Truffle Oil.
By this time we are already pretty full, but still have main entrees coming. Since it is National Burger Day, I order the Grass Fed Bison. It comes with mushroom, onions, and parmesan cheese on a flax bun.
Asking for the mayo on the side and adding just a small amount – this is one restaurant where you definitely don’t have to be shy about making substitutions.
Sandwiches come with a choice of sauteed Kale with cheese and Sweet Potato Hash – you can also get both, like I did!
The burger is really delicious – lean but juicy and flavorful. They cook it perfectly to medium.
I trade bites with the other meat eaters – Paul’s Steak Tacos…
…and Amy’s Turkey Burger (Good, but mine is better).
And a taste of Abe’s veggie dish – Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Fresh Mozzarella, Organic Tomato, and Zucchini. This is hearty but also light.
All the food is super tasty, but I just couldn’t quite finish it all! I am bringing home my burger, plus Amy’s leftover veggie sides because she doesn’t want them.
However, there is always room for dessert. (And as always, I eat most of it.) Two sorbets – Orange Olivello and Pomengranate Yuzu. Also, Lemon-Ginger Low-fat Frozen Yogurt.
And last but not least, Almond Olive Oil Cake. It is garnished with Blackberries and Greek Yogurt.
We can totally see why our cousins are obsessing over this place! Although we are usually not fans of most chain restaurants, True Food Kitchen is one we will definitely be visiting on a regular basis.