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Healthy is Delicious at True Food Kitchen

04.14.2016 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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In a city where it's boat season basically year round, it's important to eat healthy to stay fit. It can be challenging to eat healthy in Austin, where you're surrounded by tacos, queso, and barbecue. Thankfully, True Food Kitchen has finally arrived. True Food Kitchen serves up healthy, sustainable, and responsible food that also happens to be delectable and beautiful! 

Just walking into True Food Kitchen in downtown Austin in itself will make you feel better- it's bright and happy, open and airy. On the patio, you'll see vintage tubs filled with herb gardens that the kitchen pulls from. Once you walk in you can view the kitchen, thanks to the gorgeous open concept space. The service is quick and cheerful, and there's no rush to pore over the large menu. We highly suggest starting with a smoothie while you decide. If you're feeling saucy, there's also wine, beer, and mixed drinks. On our visit, we stuck to a no-alcohol policy to really get the benefits from this anti-inflammatory resto. But we'll surely be back at some point for drinks!

Herb gardens at the entrance

Open concept kitchen

Almond Banana Smoothie

The worst thing about True Food Kitchen is that it's nearly impossible to decide what to order - everything looks so good and so interesting. We heard rave reviews of the Edamame Dumplings, made with daikon radish, dashi, white truffle oil for $9, and we're so glad we tried them. These healthy dumplings have just a touch of butter but are otherwise vegan, yet somehow seem so decadent! It's probably not something we could recreate at home, so this was a great dish to try. While we generally feel hungry after ordering a salad, that was not the case with the Seared Albacore Tuna Salad, made with avocado, grapefruit, cabbage, watermelon radish, thai basil, toasted sesame, chili garlic dressing for $18 and is also gluten-free. This salad was huge, bright, and had enough protein to really fill us up. We also highly recommend the Inside-Out Quinoa Burger, made with hummus, tzatziki, tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, and feta for $12. Like the dumplings, it's not something you could easily make it home. It's super delicious and won't make you miss a regular burger. It's more of a knife-and-fork dish, and the feta gives it a little bit of a kick. It's also vegetarian and gluten-free. Everything we ordered not only tasted great and hit the spot, but was also really filling. And not the kind of full that puts you on the couch for hours- energetic, light on your feet kind of full!

Edamame Dumplings

Seared Albacore Salad

Inside-Out Quinoa Burger

In addition to the above, the menu includes a few pizzas, some grain and noodle bowls, and other various starters. We love this big menu because not only are all of the dishes well-executed (not common in restaurants with large menus), but you can order something new on so many additional visits. We can't wait to go back and try more - and we won't even feel guilty about all of the dishes we plan to eat!

{True Food Kitchen official website}

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