True Food Kitchen Serves Dairy-Free Dishes that the Doctor Ordered


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.

True Food Kitchen is a healthy restaurant chain focused on the anti-inflammatory diet. They offer ample vegan and gluten-free menu items.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for True Food Kitchen

Most of their menu remains fixed year round, but they do rotate new and seasonal items in each quarter. This guide reflects their base menu plus their Spring 2021 seasonal options.

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.

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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.

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This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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