True Food Kitchen in Atlanta

good grub logoOur latest restaurant adventure came at True Food Kitchen at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead neighborhood.

This is a vast departure from the places we normally talk about. If you want to read about giant pizzas, barbecue, or chips and salsa, this isn’t the column for you today.

True Food Kitchen caters to the posh in-crowd and specializes in food the posh in-crowd is eating right now. Many of the dishes are either vegan, vegetarian, and/or gluten-free. Kale, hummus and turkey are all mentioned more than once on the menu.

The visit got off to a rocky start when the hostess erroneously crossed through our name on the wait list. Had it not been for another employee who was undoubtedly tired of looking at me, we might still be standing there.

They are especially proud, and rightly so, that the vast majority of their dishes are made from scratch and change seasonally, and that their food comes from sustainable farms.

They tout their “natural refreshments” which are juices with clever names made from natural ingredients. We tried “Kale-Aid,” which features kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger. It was delicious and refreshing, as the name implied. True Food Kitchen doesn’t serve sodas, incidentally.

Our table ate the turkey burger, mediterranean chopped salad and turkey lasagna.

The turkey burger was huge with a similarly huge flax seed bun. It was served with lettuce, tomato, avocado and mayonnaise. All the sandwiches are served with a side order of either kale salad or sweet potato hash. Or, they will serve half of each. I understand both were quite tasty.

The Mediterranean Salad consisted of cucumber, olive, cherry tomato, quinoa, feta cheese, sprouted almond & lemon oregano vinaigrette.

The turkey lasagna is baked in a bowl. It’s plenty cheesy, hearty and quite tasty. Of course, it is in bad taste to comment on a portion size when talking about a frou-frou place like this, but the lunch serving was a bit scant.

Their dinner menu, which you can see on their web site, is unsurprisingly heavy on seafood. Prices are lower than they sound like they would be, which is a nice surprise.

The Atlanta location is the only one in the South. Other locations are spread mostly throughout the west. I wouldn’t want to go every day, but it was a nice change of pace.

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