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True Food Kitchen

March 10th, 2013

For those of you that know me, you're probably familiar with the fact that I'm a huge fan of Sam Fox and his restaurant group. I've spent quite a bit of time in Tucson, where he first started his empire, and I also worked at NoRTH for two years. In fact, before I got my first job in advertising, I was actually offered a position with FRC to be a corporate trainer for their service staff.

I often told people that serving at NoRTH was the most difficult service job in Denver. I had worked at enough restaurants to know that this was a different beast. You were expected to hit an extremely polished number of service points, and also turn tables at a fast pace. This provided a buzzing, electric atmosphere, and an amazing dining experience for the guests. Well, True Food Kitchen lives up to the FRC standards. While it doesn't have a "fine dining" feel to it, it does stick to it's expected standards in providing a stellar dining experience for it's guests.

Now before you get on my case about this being a chain, let me just dissolve your point. I know FRC has multiple locations of a few of it's restaurants, but I hardly feel like you can call it a chain. When I talk about eating at local spots, I'm encouraging you to avoid places like Chili's or Applebees. I would hardly place any FRC concept in that realm. On top of which, I know the chefs focus on local ingredients and vendors. 

With that being said, I recently visited the newest addition to Denver via Sam Fox, True Food Kitchen. True Food's vision is based off of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet which provides essential nutriets without depriving you of taste. The menu is extremely healthy, but also very delicious. Check out what we had:

Thai Shrimp Dumplings – Perfectly cooked dumplings filled with tender shrimp. Honestly, I'm not much of a shrimp fan, so my word shouldn't be taken as the end-all be-all. (Nor should it ever). My guest though was rather fond of these spicy yet delicate dumplings.

 

 

Chicken Sausage Pizza – Tomato, Fennel and Fontina – Strong fresh tomatoe flabvor with a beautiful charred crust and tasty chicken sausage.

 

 

 

Seafood Caldo – Sea Bass, Shrimp, Collards, White Beans, Cilantro, Chili Lime Broth – This dish reminded me of a fish stew I had in Italy, only without the cilantro of course. It was fresh, light, and extremely flavorful.

 

 

 

Grass Fed Beef Street Tacos – Avocado, Cotija, Tomatillo Salsa served with Anasazi beans. This was hands down my favorite meal. The Anasazi beans were a cup full of smokey goodness. I could eat those things daily.

 

If you haven't been yet, head down to True Food. The atmosphere is clean, well put together, and inviting. The food is healthy, fresh, and downright tasty. Yes, it is technically a chain, but Sam Fox's roots run deep in Colorado. It's not like he's franchising Chili's or anything. When you do head down, grab a cuccumber martini or four. They're outrageously delicious.