Welcome to Chicago, True Food Kitchen! We are happy to have you!
That was my first thought after True Food Kitchen’s grand opening in River North, thankfully just a few short blocks from my office, too—score! Opening week, some colleagues and I went to check out this new spot for lunch. My friend Bruna, who lives in Colorado and has a True Food Kitchen near her, had raved to me about how much I was going to love this spot. Lunch was awesome; it had such unique offerings. So you can imagine my delight when I learned True Food Kitchen offered weekend brunch.
True Food Kitchen is a restaurant with a concept and menu developed on food that reflects an anti-inflammatory diet. The restaurant strives to create healthy dishes, while not compromising flavors and exposing delicious items that are good for you too.
On a snowy Saturday here in Chicago, Chris and I headed over to True Food Kitchen a little after 12:30 p.m. To no surprise, it was just as busy as I imagined. This place has been long-anticipated with much hype opening week, so I expected that the second weekend of brunch service would just busy as the first.
We put our name down for a table for two and headed to the bar to order coffee and some brunch libations. Unfortunately, it appeared that the restaurant’s busy atmosphere was reflected on the bar service. Ten minutes after sitting and waiting for someone to come by and say hello (and failing at garnering attention during that time) the service bartender finally realized that we were desperate for some attention and coffee.
By this point our table was ready, so we rushed to close our tab and then carry our drinks to our table, because we were starving! I had ordered my new obsession to drink; the ginger tulsi tea. Seriously, this tea is absolutely delicious; warm and soothing it is the perfect warm-you-up drink for the inevitable cold Chicago winter days to come.
I had also ordered the honey and grapefruit mimosas to start with, while Chris ordered his usual coffee. My mimosa was pretty good, but a little too sweet for me. At this point, Chris’ coffee was cold, but thankfully our server brought him some more, and he enjoyed it.
We decided to start with the vegan and gluten free blueberry muffin, and the smashed avocado toast, made with organic sunny side up egg, smoked gouda, black sesame, thyme, on a delicious seedy bread. The blueberry muffin was pretty good, considering it contained no egg nor flour.
We enjoyed this to start, but I would say that I wish that the avocado had been piled on thicker. While it was smashed, I felt as if there wasn’t enough of it and the other ingredients overpowered the avocado. What can I say? I love avocado.
For entrees, I went with the quinoa Johnny cakes, and Chris decided upon the huevos rancheros. We were, of course, going to share. My Johnny cakes came topped with Greek yogurt, sliced bananas and maple syrup. They were delicious and really good in comparison to regular pancakes. The texture was different, thanks to the quinoa, but they were fluffy and flavorful. The syrup was quite sweet, I must say.
Chris’ huevos rancheros “won” the best breakfast dish award. They were delicious. And the added fact that they were healthy made the dish all the more better. Made with organic corn tortillas, roasted chiles, organic sunny side up eggs, and cotija cheese, this dish was simple, yet perfect. Extremely flavorful and not too heavy.
Overall, I’d say our brunch experience was good. I definitely encourage non-healthy food enthusiasts to check it out and see how great healthy food can be. It is, for obvious reasons, the perfect place to take your vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or health-nut friends for any meal.
Our service was slow; it is apparent they are still figuring out the kinks of the restaurant and learning how to accommodate large rushes. I will definitely be back again. The ambiance is inviting, the ingredients are intriguing, and the space is just fun. As someone with a green thumb and a proclivity to be on the hunt for the next health-conscious hot-spot, I am definitely happy to see True Food Kitchen have found a home here in Chi.
The Bitches Say: B. For healthy food options, True Food Kitchen is definitely a place to check out. A great atmosphere, yummy food options, and a menu that won’t break the bank, we are happy to have this new spot in the city.
True Food Kitchen
1 West Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
True Food Kitchen serves weekend brunch from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.