There are common misconceptions when it comes to health food: it either tastes like cardboard or the small portions leave you hungrier than when you started. This is simply not the case, and True Food Kitchen is doing its part to help dispel these misunderstandings. Their first Southeastern restaurant opened at Lenox Square Mall in June. True Food Kitchen’s menu is based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet for optimal health.
“We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle by combining seasonal, fresh ingredients with global flavors,” said Sam Fox, founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, “enabling our guests to feel good while enjoying honest food that tastes really good.”
The menu, which draws inspiration from a number of different food cultures, features grass-fed beef, sustainably raised fish, organic dairy and vegetarian, vegan, organic and gluten-free options. TFK also takes advantage of seasonal fare by rotating their menu to offer diners the fresh tastes of the season. They only use the most nutritious ingredients, staying away from added butter, salts or fats for flavor.
The menu, designed in part by Dr. Andrew Weil, was created to prevent chronic inflammation in diners. He incorporates anti-inflammatory foods into each menu item and avoids pro-inflammation foods, like refined oils and carbohydrates.
“We use anti-inflammatory olive oil, serve omega-3 rich fish, use anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric, and serve plenty of protective vegetables of high quality,” said Weil, who finds the omega-3 rich fish and extra-virgin olive oil to be the most beneficial for our bodies.
On the menu, Atlantans can expect to find year-round favorites like the turkey lasagna, Pangang curry and the “inside out” quinoa burger. You can also find Dr. Weil’s personal favorites, the Tuscan kale salad, the steelhead salmon and the spaghetti squash casserole. When I visited, I enjoyed the red chili shrimp, the caramelized onion tart and the flourless chocolate cake, all wonderful and fresh.
True Food Kitchen not only offers its diners a wonderful dining experience, but they also have a full bar stocked with sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic wines and cocktails. They also have their own non-alcoholic “natural refreshments,” made from juice, herb and vegetable blends.
Every True Food Kitchen restaurant is also Green Restaurant Certified and uses compostable take-out packages and menus that are printed on paper from renewable resources. Each dining room also features chairs that are made out of recycled plastic soda bottles and reclaimed wood floors.
Details: 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 3058B, (404) 481-2980, www.truefoodkitchen.com