True Food Kitchen is a rapidly expanding, healthy, table-serve restaurant chain that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. The menu closely adheres to the principles of his popular anti-inflammatory diet. Consequently, they serve a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten free options.
Dr. Weil created his menu with heavy Mediterranean, Asian, and Californian influences. It includes soups, appetizers, salads, noodle bowls, sandwiches, grilled fish, burgers, and more for lunch and dinner. They also serve brunch, with juices, smoothies, and several savory dishes. But most of the brunch-specific savories will require a modification or two for dairy-free diners.
Vegan & Allergy-Friendly at True Food Kitchen
Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are clearly labeled on the menu at True Food Kitchen. The vegan options are actually quite varied. They include butternut squash pizza with vegan almond ricotta, Korean noodle salad, ancient grains bowl, kale guacamole, and much more. They even have vegan chia seed pudding, ice cream, and a seasonal option for dessert.
Beyond the vegan items, they do serve some naturally dairy-free dishes, and some that can be made dairy-free with an easy request, like no cheese. It also looks like they have some options made without top allergens.
Online, you can find a link to the nutritional information on their menu page. It lists an allergen statement for each menu item, and they have a potential cross contact note that blankets every top allergen. This appears to be a general warning (repeated a hundred times!) that they handle all top allergens in their kitchen. If potential cross contact is a concern for you, speak with a manager before dining at True Food Kitchen. I have heard their staff is well-trained on food allergy procedures, but it helps if you call ahead.
The drink menu at True Food Kitchen is perhaps longer than the food menu! They have juice blends, smoothies (that appear to be dairy-free), beer, cider, an organic and sustainable wine list, house-made refreshers, and cocktails. They also serve tea and coffee drinks with dairy-free almond milk and soymilk as options.
Where to Find True Food Kitchen
Locations are scattered throughout the U.S. in major metropolises and large health food hot-spots, like Austin, San Diego, Denver and Scottsdale. See their website for locations, menus, and phone numbers.