Vegan Foods

True Food Kitchen reviewed: Vegan and vegetarian options shine

True Food Kitchen opened in Midtown in late February. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

The growing health-focused chain True Food Kitchen, which was founded by famed wellness guru Dr. Andrew Weil and run by Plant High graduate and CEO Christine Barone, opened a location in late February behind the REI in Midtown Tampa.

  • This is the new $500 million mixed commercial and residential development on the Dale Mabry Freeway near I-275.

I took my daughter last week and we tried a sample of menu items to see what Oprah was up to. The vanity here is consciously selected seasonal ingredients with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

  • We were seated quickly without a reservation on a Thursday night, and although the service was a bit inopportune, we’ll be back for the ambiance and the quality of the food.
A vegan cheeseburger
The vegan double cheeseburger – a patty made with portobello mushrooms, walnuts and beets, with pickled onions, organic tomatoes, vegan cheddar and jalapeño remoulade on a flaxseed bun. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Details: I had the grass-fed burger, which was moist and juicy and sort of fat free, while Asher had the vegan double cheeseburger, lightly sweetened from the beet and portobello patty.

  • For dessert, we shared a chocolate chip cookie – which tasted gluten-free, and was – aided by vegan coconut ice cream.
  • The squash pie, topped with coconut whipped cream, was the best thing I’ve eaten.
A slice of squash pie with coconut whipped cream
Squash pie. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

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