Butternut squash ravioli had potential, but was marred by unevenly cooked pasta — the edges were too al dente, the middles too mushy. I also would've liked more sautéed mushroom topping to balance the sweetness of the squash. Another promising dish was Pacific wild bass, served with a thick white bean stew. The beans, flavored with smoked garlic and preserved lemon, were really mouthwatering, but the fish was overdone.

Disaster came at dessert time with the cranberry-apple crumble, a sickeningly sweet train wreck that never should've left the kitchen. Think cranberry sludge under a heap of brown sugar. There were apples, oats, and sunflower seeds, too, but you couldn't taste them. To add insult to injury, there was a big blob of sugary maple ice cream on top. Blech.

A much more appropriate ending was two scoops of creamy lemon-ginger frozen yogurt, topped with crisp pomegranate seeds — lightly sweet and clean-tasting. I also liked the flavorful, not-too-heavy banana-chocolate tart, with thinly sliced banana layered with chocolate sauce atop a fresh chocolate cookie crust.

True Food Kitchen: Is "good for you" good enough?
Jackie Mercandetti
True Food Kitchen: Is "good for you" good enough?

Location Info


True Food Kitchen

2502 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Phoenix


Caramelized onion tart: $9
Sashimi tuna salad: $14
Salmon sandwich: $14
Pacific wild bass: $22
602-774-3488, »Web link
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
True Food Kitchen (at Biltmore Fashion Park), 2502 East Camelback Road

Undoubtedly, Dr. Weil's healthful philosophy is a great launching point for creative, delicious food. But at True Food Kitchen, unfortunately, it doesn't quite make it off the ground.

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Funny - I have been to bothe the Biltmore and the Scottsdale Quarter True Food many times and have never had a bad meal - including the dessert and spaghetti squash the critic mentioned. Which just goes to show: different strokes for different folks! : )


Since the bar was already set even before they started their operations, True Food was truly in for a treat especially from food gurus who expect nothing but perfection and uniqueness from their menu selection. It may be great or acceptable to some, but for those who know their ways around the restaurant business need more convincing before they graciously spread out good words about a certain restaurant or diner.


I totally agree that True Foods is got some issues to work out on their recipes. I liked the Medicine Man Elixer, along with Andy's Elixer drink. They both have just a hint of sweetness, subtle flavors and a splash of bubbly water, I thought they were quite nice. But some of the others I've tried need some reworking.

They apps were great, especially the Miso Dumplings. I do feel like I should add that both pasta's I've had there are really great. The gluten free spaghetti with shrimp (and other good stuff) is by far my favorite dish on the menu so far. It totally tastes like there is plenty of gluten in those noodles and had a perfectly balanced tomato sauce. Also the Miso Glazed Black Cod was de-licious. Really tasty stuff!!

The resturaunt has done very well, and there is no hint of recession as you walk up to the doors, as there is usually a bit of a wait to be seated. Good for Sam Fox and his team for breaking the mold and doing something unique with a good vibe and healthy twist. And I like the fact you can get a splash of organic vodka and some biodynamic wine if you want to be a little "bad".


mm you just made me crave jamba juice =D