First Look at True Food Kitchen, A Restaurant Based on Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Heirloom tomato and watermelon salad -- just beautiful, at True Food Kitchen.
It's sad, but true: When you think of the "healthy" food options available in Houston today, there aren't many exciting options that come to mind. Enter True Food Kitchen, the Phoenix-based chain that is poised to take the nation by storm (they currently have eight open locations; Houston will be the ninth). Founded in partnership with Tuscon-based physician, professor, and holistic health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, the restaurant menu was created based on the tenets of Weil's anti-inflammatory diet.

This is where True Food Kitchen excels: Where many "healthy"-type food restaurants fall short in the taste department, True Food Kitchen's food is fresh, visually appealing, ample-portioned, and tastes fantastic. In other words, not only will you want to eat what's presented in front of you, but you'll enjoy eating it and leave feeling satisfied.

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The main dining room has an open floor plan, with a vibrant green and yellow palette.

Take, for instance, their heirloom tomato and watermelon salad. The first of the dishes to arrive at our table, the first thing you'll notice are the gorgeous, vibrant colors: orange, yellow, red, and green. Multi-hued heirloom tomatoes cut into large wedges are artfully arranged next to large cubes of red and yellow watermelon. Creamy goat cheese, thin-cut cashews, a sprinkling of chopped basil and olive oil completed the dish, which was naturally sweetened by the watermelon. Perfection.

The edamame dumplings, a Japanese-esque appetizer, were also amazing: Four large round ravioli looking dumplings were stuffed with a creamy edamame puree and served in a light broth which had just a hint of white truffle oil. Whole edamame beans floated in the broth, so that each spoonful of ravioli had texture and flavor and scintillating aroma to match.

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Edamame dumplings -- healthy and delicious.
One of the first things you'll notice on the menu, in the upper left hand corner, is a section of "Natural Refreshments." You won't find corn-syrup laced sodas because this section of drinks is made from fresh juices, teas, and other ingredients, like chia seed. We tried the Kale-Aid, a blend of kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger, a mild-tasting green drink fresh-pressed in the juicer, as well as a Root & Remedy, a sweeter juice blend reminiscent of a watercolor painting. When the juice arrived at the table, the colors of the juice in the glass exhibited a natural gradient of hues, from bright yellow, to orange, to deep red (it was made with beet, carrot, ginger, turmeric and honey lemonade) -- again, just beautiful.

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Location Info

True Food Kitchen

1700 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
Bill
Bill

Sorry to be a troll, but Alamos Malbec is selling for $8.99 a bottle at HEB.  But the other elements of the restuarant seem very appealing.  Thanks for the review.

dalton
dalton

wines or beers? or are they deemed unhealthy enough to exclude altogether?

suzycalifornia
suzycalifornia

yes! what a wonderful alternative to the normal Texas food that keeps us all so bursting-at-the-seams-fat. hope it doesn't get typed as a health-food restaurant, but just a place to get flavorful food that happens to be healthy.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@Bill Lol, thanks for the info. I thought the bottles were more like $10 retail. Either way, it's still a great glass for $6; I don't mind paying that at all. 

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@dalton They offer cocktail and wine and beer. More than half the beer selection are locally brewed. The wines are chosen in keeping with the overall theme -- many are organic, and the others are made biodynamically or sustainably (which is denoted on the menu). I was happy to find a glass of Alamos Malbec for $6 -- a steal! -- at it wasn't even a happy hour special.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

@suzycalifornia It's been mobbed the two times I've been there. Houston really needed this. 

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