Coloradoans love to eat healthy. Well, a lot of them do anyway. When True Food Kitchen opened in Cherry Creek North, based on the anti-inflammatory way of eating by Dr. Andrew Weil, diners responded in droves. We’d only been to True Food Kitchen once, having taken friends from Denmark and France there for dinner last fall. We weren’t about to take them to an American restaurant that would be serving enormous portions – they’d already seen enough of that on their travels around the country. We wanted to show them that people do know how to eat healthy, even in restaurants. We were all impressed by the fresh, carefully-conceived, delicious food we had. And none of us walked out rubbing our bellies thinking “oh boy, I’m going to regret that.”
True Food believes in clean, organic, fresh, whole foods that bring out the best in the food. We got to witness that again when we sampled their new Spring menu. Served family-style, our large table of food writers had a heyday with the beautiful colors, layers and textures of the food, not only eating it but photographing it (dining with food writers is a special thing.) There were several at the table with allergies and other dietary restrictions. No matter, True Food is well-equipped to accommodate every need from their completely-open, no-secrets-here, kitchen. Here’s what we enjoyed:
Starter: Torched Avocado (vegetarian) – Cucumber noodles, mushrooms, snap peas, radish, sesame and turmeric ponzu. This was paired with a Crossings Sauvignon Blanc.
First course: Seasonal Ingredient Salad (vegetarian and gluten free) – You’ll see the name of this dish on the menu throughout the seasons but the ingredients will always change to be, well, “seasonal ingredients.” This spring, it’s asparagus, broccolini, roasted cauliflower, chickpea, pistachio, raisin, manchego cheese and a light, Sicilian vinaigrette. It was paired with the Tangent Pinot Grigio.
Second course: Pan Roasted Chicken (gluten-free) – Broccolini, heirloom potato and chermoula, a traditionally Moroccan marinade. This was served with Panther Creek “Fox Block Eleven” Pinot Noir, a wine made especially for True Food’s parent company.
Dessert (vegan and gluten-free): Coconut & Chia Seed Flan with a thick, soft coating of caramel plus mixed berries. It was served wtih Chamomile Tea and a little honey. Mmmm, comfort food at its healthy best.
Wonder what goes on in the kitchen? Well, just look! It’s completely open and right there, next to the tables.
Visit True Food and feel good about what you eat, not only because it’s healthy but also because it’s delicious. Isn’t it nice when those two things converge?
True Food Kitchen is located at 2800 East Second Avenue in Denver. Parking is a pain in the neck in Cherry Creek! They do have $7 valet parking or you can use our exclusive Lyft code for new users – IGTD17 gets you $15 in credits toward your first three rides.