These days, there are very few things you can trust. The weatherman? Perpetual liar. Uber Eats waiting time? Only suckers believe that. Food expiration dates? I’ve ignored many and I’m still alive. Wendy’s new claim that their burgers are fresh and never frozen?? Sorry, but when did their marketing people decide that we all have an IQ lower than 70? Basically, besides young children’s opinions and this blog, there ain’t much truth left in this world. IDK about you, but I yearn for something TRUE.
Enter True Food Kitchen. A restaurant that promises nutrient-rich ingredients, with ALL of the flavor that can cater to any food preference or restriction: gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan. It may sound too good to be true, but that’s why they call themselves True – they make it happen.
While it may not be the picture of health, every brunch deserves a good cocktail, and True Food delivers. And don’t expect anything basic. I chose the Pomegranate Mule (chai infused vodka and ginger citrus) and my dining partner opted for the Scratch Bloody Mary (organic tomato, house spice blend, lime, cucumber, organic vodka). It was definitely a new twist on a Mule for me and the flavors gave it a more fresh feeling than the standard vodka-ginger beer-lime.
I’m stalker AF and days before I went in, I checked in with all my bloggie friends’ social media, and the consensus was that the Charred Cauliflower, with harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, and pistachio was the fan favorite. The description alone is as intriguing and exciting as an episode of Riverdale and had me drooling just as much as Archie’s abs do. One bite and expect an explosion of flavor that will have you coming back for more, and more, and more – possibly on the same day and anyone who judges you for that hasn’t tried this.
I follow @avocadotoast on Instagram and drool over the creations on a daily basis and I’ve actually wondered if that is a hobby that I can list on my match.com profile. True Food makes theirs with organic sunny side up eggs, smoked gouda, black sesame, and thyme, and there was not a chance that I was gonna pass it up. And while it may have gotten a bit messy, it was worth every last bit of schmutz on my face. I find that sometimes avocado can be a bit bland and that’s where the black sesame really helped to give it light, providing taste and texture to the avocado.
Ready to turn up the heat?? Then you’re gonna need the Cashew Pad Thai – kombu, rice noodle, zucchini, mushroom, eggplant, gai lan, bean sprout, thai basil, and tamarind. The dish may be gluten-free, but it’s certainly not spice-free! It was one of my favorites of the day, not just because it was delicious but also because it woke my ass right up like a spicy alarm clock!
Speaking of wakeup juice, it was time for another cocktail, because brunch. I went for the Citrus Skinny Margarita, because, well, skinny. It’s made with ixá organic tequila, muddled citrus, mint, and cucumber. The cucumber and mint made this drink far more refreshing than a normal margarita, and again, it has the word skinny in the title so we can all agree it’s healthy right?
Is your gluten-free diet giving you the sads because you’re missing out on indulgent Italian dishes? Then this Spaghetti Squash Casserole is about the to turn that frown upside down. This vegetarian, gluten-free plate of heaven is made with organic tomato, caramelized onion, zucchini, and topped with fresh mozzarella, all baked to make it absolutely drool-worthy. Comfort food without all the calories – now THAT’S True.
We’ve already established that I don’t lie (except to my doctor when she asks me how often I drink) – so what I’m about to tell you is the TRUTH: BOTH of these desserts are gluten-free! The Flourless Chocolate Cake (caramel, vanilla ice cream, cocoa nibs) is vegetarian and the Squash Pie (graham crust, coconut whipped cream) is – wait for it – vegan!! Setting goals is like, super important, and eating dessert that tastes delicious but is still healthy is at the top of my list. I think True Food nailed it – now that’s something worth believing in.
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.