True Food Kitchen
The Austin location of this sleek, airy national chain is quite a draw in the new Seaholm development downtown. California-oriented, the menu blends sound nutrition with popular trends of the past decade. Vegetable bruschetta (crisp asparagus, artichoke, green peas, and goat cheese on whole-grain bread) made a nice start to the evening. We followed with a spicy Thai curry, pleasant if a little light on the green beans and potatoes. Two quinoa patties (sandwiching lettuce and tomato along with hummus, tzatziki, and feta) was strange even for a veggie burger. But it was pleasant and (relatively) filling. Next time we’ll try the more conventional grass-fed-beef burger. Healthful cocktails like daily sangrias and chamomile-infused gin with honey and orange are well executed and refreshing. Even nonboozy beverages—kale-aide, honeydew ginger soda, kombucha on tap—make the grade.
Cuisine: New American