True Food Kitchen keeps it real with healthy ingredients

It’s so refreshing to see a local restauranteur give Phoenicians more vegetarian and vegan options when dining out, and thanks to Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts, True Food Kitchen hooks veggies like me up in a trendy setting. Everything on the menu is clearly outlined if it’s vegetarian or vegan, so people with all types of diets will be happy.

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The Biltmore Fashion Park restaurant even looks healthy, with a bright green motif and servers donning bright green capri pants–not the most fashionable get-up, but it mos def drives the point home that the eatery is going for a healthy, green vibe.

And, like Fox’s others restaurants, this one has an open kitchen, though here, the kitchen/prep area seemed to take up more than half the restaurant, which I thought was pretty odd.

The crowd of diners was varied. There were plenty of 20-somethings, a ton of middle-aged folks and even families with babies mixed in.

While the atmosphere was slightly above average, the food was excellent. I started with a bowl of mushroom-filled miso soup ($6), which was vegan and chock full of shrooms, scallions and tofu. I loved it!

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I paired my meal with a Cucumber Refresher ($4), a cucumber-infused honey lemonade. It was sweet, refreshing and didn’t make me feel guilty about drinking it.

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For my entree, I ordered a ricotta ravioli ($13), which was covered in a pesto sauce, more mushrooms and red peppers. It was an interesting twist on traditional tomato sauce-covered pasta, and it really filled me up.

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While the bustling atmosphere isn’t really conducive to super-romantic dates out, the place is offering a killer deal for Valentine’s Day. For only $25 per person, you get a drink, a shared appetizer, entree and shared dessert. It starts at 4 p.m.

For me, I’ll definitely be going back to try more tasty meat-free bites.

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