After spending some time in North Carolina over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I found myself in Atlanta a day before flying back home. With a little time to explore, I decided to check out True Food Kitchen at the Lennox Mall. The restaurant is a chain that promotes real, good food as a way to feel good holistically.
After a week of feasting on fare that might not have been the most health-promoting, this seemed like just the place to get back on track food-wise. True Food Kitchen sources their menu to reflect seasonal flavors and local availability. They are friendly to gluten-free diners, vegans, and others with special diets alike, making this a place where piece of mind starts from the start.
The menu is extensive and markets to indicate gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Gluten-free options are available in most of the categories, minus sandwiches and flatbreads. The menus note that the kitchen is not dedicated gluten-free, but when I let my waitress know she said she would inform the kitchen so that they would take extra precaution.
As a starter, I ordered the banana and date smoothie, which is made with those two fruits plus almond milk, almond butter, and flax seeds. The smoothie was thick and creamy, fruity and nutty in equal measure. It wasn't overly sweet like smoothie shop blends can be, and I definitely liked how it packed protein and fiber. My only complaint was that it probably needed a slightly bigger straw because chunks of ice got stuck in the opening.
I ordered the Mediterranean quinoa salad, which came with cucumbers, olives, mushroom, peppadew peppers, almonds, cherry tomatoes, pole beans, almond and oregano vinaigrette. To make the salad dairy-free I requested to omit feta cheese. The flavors of the salad were vibrant and fresh. The salad was the perfect antidote to a week of heavy eating, and was a much-needed infusion of real veggies. The portioning was ample and definitely satisfying without any added side dishes.
My mom ordered the seasonal ingredient salad, which featured brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, white beans, pomegranate seeds, toasted mulberry, and horseradish vinaigrette. It is gluten-free and vegan without modifications. She liked the blend of fall flavors and the vibrant flavors.
True Food Kitchen definitely surpassed my exceptions and is a place I definitely will seek out when traveling. I was super excited to see that Bethesda will be getting a location soon, which means I will definitely be getting another fix of their fare in the future.
As I looked at neighboring tables' orders, I wished that there was a way to taste around the menu because every dish looked and smelled incredible. It was amazing how True Food Kitchen turned fruits and veggies into works of edible art. Although the food was delicious, it was not too expensive, a refreshing change of pace from other restaurants that would charge a premium for this type of fare.
Click here to read my updated review of True Food Kitchen's Chevy Chase, MD location from January 2020.
Address: 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 3058B, Atlanta, GA 30326
Cuisine: American, Farm-to-Table
Ideal For: Brunch (weekends), Lunch, Dinner
Price: See menu prices right here
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Special Feature: Make reservations online via Open Table
Address: 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 3058B, Atlanta, GA 30326Website: www.truefoodkitchen.com
Price: See menu prices right here
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessibleSpecial Feature: Make reservations online via Open Table