2140 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, GA 30009 

Located in Avalon Center, True Food Kitchen makes every ingredient matter — and their winter menu is no exception. 

Based on the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, True Food Kitchen serves up a unique dining experience — one that is dedicated to conscious nutrition without sacrificing flavor. 

Northside Woman recently stopped by to sample the new benefit-rich items that True Food Kitchen is offering this season. 

Justin Rusch, assistant general manager, took time out of his busy day to chat with us about the restaurant’s philosophy. He also recommended a few of his winter favorites for us to try. 

To start, we sampled two craft cocktails, the Causemo, a blend of organic vodka, prickly pear and lime, and the Pom Collins, a blend of lemon-infused vodka, pomegranate and organic aloe liqueur. Both were very refreshing and focused on flavor with quality ingredients. 

We balanced the cocktails with a Fig and Gorgonzola Flatbread appetizer. I love figs, and the combination of fig, gorgonzola, garlic purée, caramelized onion and herbs was light and flavorful — a superb starter for our meal. 

Next, we had the Creamy Tomato Soup, made with organic tomato, fennel and coconut cream, and the Mediterranean Salad, prepared with quinoa, Persian cucumber, olive, peppadew, organic tomato, green bean, feta, almond and oregano vinaigrette. Both were excellent. In fact, I would return just to eat these items again. The unique addition to the salad of quinoa and fresh oregano vinaigrette was perfect. (You can also add a protein to the salad, if desired.) 

The soup and salad were so satisfying that we could have easily stopped there, but we were excited to try the chef’s winter entrees. I chose the Winter Immunity Bowl, prepared with lion’s mane mushroom, farro, quinoa, carrot, broccolini, garbanzo bean, edamame, organic kale and garlic broth. My husband opted for the Thai Coconut Sea Bass, prepared with coconut turmeric broth, shiitake mushroom, bok choy, green bean, rainbow carrot and quinoa brown rice. The fresh ingredients in each dish were bursting with flavor, and Rusch’s recommendation of the Rhône Blend Perrin "Nature" (Rhône Valley, France) was a wonderful complement to our meal.

The service and atmosphere were also outstanding. Jasmine, our server, was attentive and knowledgable about the new menu. She made our experience at the restaurant excellent, and we are looking forward to returning. Definitely check it out if you are in the area!


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