Do you ever wonder why children are so obsessed with eating chicken tenders and grilled cheese sandwiches? I partially blame the restaurant industry for consistently offering unhealthy and uninteresting meals to kids. Parents also often fall prey to ordering off the kids menu due to its lower cost vs. potentially something healthier off the regular menu. Therefore, children have been conditioned to expect these menu options when dining out. Restaurants need to be held to a higher standard of food quality for both children and their parents. I believe True Food Kitchen, which recently opened at Lenox Mall in Buckhead, is setting a very high bar. Hopefully, more will follow in its footsteps.
Based on Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet, True Food’s simple mission is to make you “feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process.” As a mother, that is music to my ears. With plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options, True Food serves up some super healthy meals for Little Foodies like all-natural Turkey Sloppy Joes and Almond Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Sandwiches. No fries or fingers in sight.
There’s no artificial juice here, as Little A and I shared a refreshing glass of Kale-Aid (kale, apple, cucumber,celery, ginger, and lemon), one of their many natural refreshments (my husband suffered slight withdrawal after his inability to order a Diet Coke). Solid selections for adults like the Turkey Burger with a side of kale salad, and the absolutely delightful Chicken Chopped Salad with an awesome combination of jicama, manchego, sprouted almonds, faro, dates, and cranberries have definitely turned me into a future regular.
The combination of fresh herbs flanking the entrance, the open-air kitchen with line cooks furiously prepping bountiful loads of veggies, and the clean, naturally-lit, modern décor with signs listing out the “Dirty Dozen” (fruits and veggies that you should strongly consider buying organic—the only kind served here) will make you feel either better about putting good things in you and your children’s bodies, or slightly guilty that the rest of your week includes multiple stops at the drive-thru (the Sprinkles ATM is next door). Let’s just hope other restaurants follow suit in offering healthier (but still tasty) options to our children. They deserve it.
Almond Butter, Strawberry, & Banana Sandwich-$6.00
Turkey Sloppy Joe-$8.00
Chicken Chopped Salad-$14.00
3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326