True Food Kitchen Opens Two Bay Area Locations
By Kathryn Holland Besser
Photos by Lori Eanes. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
The Bay Area has hit the jackpot with not one, but two, True Food Kitchen openings in the past few weeks. Walnut Creek and Palo Alto are the lucky cities to land the more-casual-than-dressy spots for food-loving fashionistas. Not only do the menus feature heart-healthy, skin-improving ingredients (with exceptional anti-inflammatory properties), the dishes are a vibrant feast for the eyes and senses. From immune-boosting smoothies and pressed juice cocktails all the way to naturally sweet desserts, True Food Kitchen’s cuisine is both delicious and good for you.
The brainchild of Dr. Andrew Weil, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrated Medicine, and Sam Fox, Founder and CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts, the restaurant aims to prove that an anti-inflammatory diet doesn’t mean bland or boring. On the contrary, stepping into the eco-friendly spaces, featuring kale-filled planter boxes as decor, it immediately becomes evident that the plates zipping across the dining room look like zesty mini rainbows. Everything is a riot of gorgeous, healthy color: bright greens, deep oranges, vivid reds. Fresh herbs are liberally scattered within drinks and atop sweet and savory dishes. Bold, healthy flavors dominate the comprehensive menu.
According to Dr. Weil, the base of the True Food Pyramid is an array of vegetables (both cooked and raw, and from a wide range of colors) and fruits (mainly apples, berries, cherries and pears versus tropical fruits). Whole grains and fish make up the middle layer, with an emphasis on intact grains (versus items made from flour) and Omega-3 rich fish species (especially Steelhead trout which doubles for salmon on the menu). Asian mushrooms, cooked not raw, contain compounds that help boost immunity and a rich array of spices help protect tissues from inflammation (turmeric and ginger are widely used at True Food Kitchen). At the top of the pyramid are dairy and chocolate. Dairy, being high in protein, provides energy and dark chocolate (70% cocoa and above), is low in sugar and is a healthy source of fat. Dr. Weil has consolidated many of the restaurant’s health-conscious recipes in a new cookbook, True Food, co-authored with Sam Fox and Michael Stebner. It emphasizes seasonal, sustainable, simple and pure food in its 125 recipes from what is undoubtedly America’s healthiest restaurant chain.
For more information, visit http://truefoodkitchen.com/
Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner are offered five days a week with the addition of brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Palo Alto Location:
180 El Camino Real Suite 1140
Palo Alto, California 94304
Walnut Creek Location:
120 Broadway Lane Building #4 Space #1044
Walnut Creek, California 94596