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.
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!
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.
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.
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.