True Food Kitchen is basically a restaurant that was made for summer. On its summer menu, a spectacular array of fruits, herbs, and vegetables take a starring role in just about everything you order… and this summer is no exception. What’s new this year are some ingredients and preparations you might not have tried before, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
First up on the summer menu is the wildly colorful Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad. Like many items on the True Food Kitchen menu, it’s gluten-free and vegan. Fresh chunks of heirloom tomato and watermelon are presented on top of (vegan) coconut lime yogurt, along with basil, mint, and toasted pistachio. Side note: Have you had True Food Kitchen’s coconut yogurt? It amazingly rich and creamy, with no dairy whatsover – the perfect vegan replacement for regular yogurt.
Next was our table’s hands-down favorite, the Korean Noodle Salad. This amazing salad (also vegan) features sweet potato glass noodles, bok choy, kale, cucumber kimchi, mango, bean sprouts, and an almond lime vinaigrette. The “noodles” are made from spiralized sweet potatoes, and they’re incredibly noodle-like – you would never know they were made from sweet potatoes.
For a main course, check out the Summer Tacos, which you can eat with either fish or beef. These gluten-free tacos are garnished with tomatillo avocado salsa, pickled jicama slaw, coconut lime yogurt, and a side of anasazi beans. The pickled jicama slaw turns out to be the perfect topping for these tacos, which are perfectly refreshing and not too heavy. Our dinner companion, a taco fan, declared these his “favorite tacos of the summer.”
Another new entree is the Responsibly Sourced Striped Bass, which is served over a bed of ancient grains and vegetables. This is a great choice for fish lovers, who will get just the right amount of fish, along with a savory grain mixture that will have everyone at your table scrambling to get a taste.
On the dessert side, you’re going to love the totally original new Summer Berries item, which is served with forbidden black rice, macadamia nuts, and coconut cream. The forbidden black rice part is kind of a like a rice pudding, and it adds a satisfyingly chewy and hearty element to the sweet summer berries.
Of course, once you’re at True Food Kitchen you can’t forget the drinks. We were totally blown away by the summer drink choices, starting off with the gorgeous Wild Orchid cocktail. This drink has lemon-infused vodka, lavender, and blueberry – and it’s topped with a pretty edible orchid flower.
On the non-alcoholic side, we are now completely addicted to the Pop de Provence drink, which is bubbly water with lemon and lavender. Everyone who tried it agrees: it tastes like drinking a tall, cool glass of lavender. It’s an amazing summer refresher.
Headed to True Food Kitchen? It’s now in 23 locations across the United States. But don’t delay on trying the summer menu – it’s only around through early October.
Blogger disclosure: True Food Kitchen treated me and a guest to a preview of the summer menu items. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.