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10. TRUE FOOD KITCHEN
3393 Peachtree Road NE | Buckhead | 404.481.2980 | @truefoodkitchen | $13-$26 | B R P

Atlantans with special diets—think vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free celiac—rejoiced when True Food Kitchen arrived at Lenox Square last summer. Hardcore healthy eaters loved entrees like shiitake and tofu lettuce cups with ginger soy and cashews. The hip West Coast-ambience paired with Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet has been a welcome respite from the chicken-fried Southern fare for which our city is famous.

But comfort food fans aren’t left on the sideline by any means. They’ll delight in plates such as the grass-fed bison burger with umami, mushroom, onion, mayo, watercress, Parmesan and a flaxseed bun, or the flourless chocolate cake that tastes like the real deal. The surprise? They’re both good for you too.

Foodies who won’t allow their palates to forgo pasta, meat and soda have fallen for True Food’s reimagined iterations like flavor-packed turkey lasagna with spinach and ricotta; the chicken sausage scramble at brunch; and sea buckthorn, pomegranate and cranberry natural soda. You can’t help but respect a place that gives you healthy and seriously tasty at the same time.

The warm wood paneling, bright yellow chairs, kelly green tufted leather booths and little plant sprigs popping up everywhere give off a cheery aesthetic all around. But it’s not the only reason people are happy when they walk in. There’s a bird’s-eye view of the kitchen from practically any seat in the house, so guests can see noodles being made from scratch, as well as a flurry of chefs working on kale and avocado dip starters and hollowing out spaghetti squash for casseroles. A sense of security and joy sets in when you see that your food is being prepared on-site, instead of being pulled from a Sub-Zero freezer, unboxed and popped into an industrial-size microwave.

The ever evolving seasonal menu has switched over to include fall and winter sensibilities. A banana, espresso, pistachio and date muffin greets you at breakfast, and a butternut squash pizza with walnut, smoked mozzarella, sweet onion and arugula at lunch or dinner. The rest of the menu has a global flair, offering up everything from panang curry to roasted chicken tandoori to grass-fed beef street tacos to the fit (and fabulous!) crowd that’s always on hand. In another twist, there also aren’t traditional side dishes here.

All healthy and no play would make this a dull newbie, but thankfully for your taste buds, this smart spot is just what the doctor ordered.

DIG IN
Start with: Kale and avocado dip
Main course: Butternut squash pizza
Sip on: Hangover Rx
End with: Chia seed pudding or flourless chocolate cake

INSIDER TIP
True Food Kitchen purifies its own bottled water in-house using the Natura Water System, which eliminates plastic bottle waste. Talk about eco-chic!

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