The first part of an interview series with True Food Kitchen in Dallas, Texas.
If you live in or near a big city, you may have heard of, or been to, True Food Kitchen. It’s a really great concept for a restaurant, in my opinion. It’s how I always pictured my restaurant would be if I ever owned one. Like the name suggests, the menu is made up of real, fresh, whole food ingredients made in to fabulously delicious dishes that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as “healthy food.” But it is healthy. And I think that’s the way it should be.
True Food Kitchen buys mostly organic ingredients when they can, and they have a strict no exceptions policy when it comes to “the dirty dozen,” which they always buy organic. If they can’t get it organic, they simply don’t serve it. That’s true commitment!
I recently went to True Food Kitchen in Dallas to chat with the Executive Chef and to sample the new Happy Hour Menu. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! From the super-friendly staff and charming atmosphere, to the amazing food, I thoroughly enjoyed my entire experience. I could just tell everyone had so much passion about authentic food and making customers happy.
Because I’m super excited about this restaurant and the concept, not to mention the very nicely pulled off execution, I’m taking two posts to tell you about it! For my first post in this two-part series, I’m talking to Manager of True Food in Dallas, Amy Adams about True Food Kitchen, the ideas behind it, and how it became what it is today.
Here is some Q&A about True Food Kitchen:
How did True Food Kitchen get started?
Sam Fox, the owner of Fox Restaurant Concepts, is friends with Dr. Weil, who invented the anti-inflammatory diet, which emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fish. Dr. Weil invited Sam Fox and his wife to their ranch one weekend, where he cooked healthy food that still tasted good for Sam all weekend, all based off of his anti-inflammatory pyramid. Sam was very impressed that the food was delicious but also made him feel good. He started the True Food Kitchen Restaurant shortly after.
What makes True Food Kitchen different than other “healthy” restaurants?
Lots of other places say they are gluten free or allergen free, but we really go through a lot of training as employees to ensure that we know what that means, and we know exactly how to prepare something if one of our guests has special dietary needs. We aren’t exclusively gluten free or vegan, etc, but we have been trained very well and we cater to allergies and can guarantee our products. Most people can’t say that. It’s really hard to work here!
Is True Food Kitchen “farm to table”?
No, that’s a common misconception. While we do grow a lot of our own things here, like herbs and greens, we aren’t farm to table right now. It’s just not realistic with the high volume of food and relatively large menu we have. But we do buy local and organic as much as possible, and if something from the “dirty dozen” list is not available as organic, we won’t buy it. We will substitute something else that is available fresh and in-season.
I’m loving this happy hour menu! Tell me more about it.We just started the happy hour menu about three weeks ago. We have cocktails with real, seasonal ingredients, some non-alcoholic natural refreshers that are really good, and small plates that are all $4 to $7.
(Side note, I tried the Andy’s Elixir refresher and the simply citrus refresher, both were amazing. I don’t typically like sweet drinks or sodas, but these hit the nail on the head. They are made with real ingredients like fresh lemon juice, honey, club soda, and sea buckthorn. So yummy! I also loved the smoked steelhead small plate. It was perfectly smoked steelhead with a creamy quinoa spread on toast points (from a local bakery!). Wow!)
Are there other True Food Kitchen Locations?
Yes! We currently have 11 locations. We’re pretty big in California and we already have a couple locations in Texas and Arizona. And we have lots more coming soon! We’ll have soon. We have restaurants opening in Austin, Chicago, Nashville, and some more opening in California.
Stay tuned for my interview with True Food Kitchen’s executive chef, and check out their website to see if there is a location near you!
Images courtesy of True Food Kitchen.