True Foods Kitchen

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

15191 N Scottsdale Rd, Unit 100 Bldg G (at Greenway), Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 85254

Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu is centered on the principals of Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Food Pyramid, with several ovo/lacto vegetarian dishes and a few vegan ones, marked. Modern decor. The organic tomato & roasted vegetable pizza is made without cow cheese.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by rosenthalv

Scottsdale Fav for Vegans - Edit

Here's a solid vegan / vegetarian restaurant in the heart of northern Scottsdale's shopping district. Solid food and consistently good service by vegan / veg knowledgeable staff. This is in our top 5 locally.

Pros: strong vegan menu, knowledgeable staff, excellent food quality and presentation

Cons: occasionally packed - not negative, just a truth, parking in the area can be tricky, but walkable

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Great food - Edit

Nice atmosphere. Vegan options.

Cons: Our waiter went to get us water, and we didn't

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Great ambiance & vegetarian/vegan options - Edit

Very nice restaurant that is special - there is no wall separating diners from the kitchen so you can view the food preparers & the food itself as it is being prepared. There are also a variety of seating options - inside, outside, small tables, long tables, by the far. My wife & I had the Kale & Avocado Dip, Onion Tart, Steak Tacos (minus meat), Apple Goji Crisp, Hangover RX, Cold Matcha Horchat, Sparkling Tea & Jasmine Pearl. Unique food items. Good variety of vegetarian & vegan items. Good service.

Pros: Unique creative seating, You can see the kitchen & food preparers, Lots of variety on menu

Cons: Busy

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Yummy Vegan Options - Edit

After shopping in the Quarter, I wanted something light to eat so I decided to finally give TFK a try.

It was barely noon on a Saturday, but the inside was already packed and people were waiting to be seated. The hostess said I could wait for inside seating or I could be seated immediately on their heated patio. But it was cold outside. Heater or not, I moved away from a cold region so I would've have to endure the cold. * enter tummy-bursting wolf growl*... Ok, I'll take the patio.

It was a nice, large wrap around patio; partially enclosed with covering, but the outside air creeped in through the openings. However, the overhead heaters were quite powerful and efficient, even for me.

Their menu items are labeled as vegan or vegetarian, and the symbols are different for each (thank you!).

ANDY'S TLT (vegan):
Think BLT with tempeh taking bacon's place, and of course I omitted the tomatoes.
$10, but it ended up being worth it. A nice sized sandwich, cut in half, served with plenty of what looked like butter lettuce, Vegenaise, tempeh bacon, and avocado, on toasted bread. And let me tell you, they were not skimpy on the tempeh or the avocado. I was very pleased with the portions. It was delicious. Everything was very fresh (no brown or day old avocado here!) and the tempeh was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I've tried and tried, and cannot get my home-cooked tempeh to turn out like that. Also, it came with a yummy kale salad.

I only ate half of my meal. Partially because I was almost full, but honestly? I wanted dessert! I inquired about their vegan dessert options. I had read reviews which mentioned a seasonal vegan cobbler and I was really hoping to try that. The waiter asked the chef and unfortunately, no vegan cobbler for me that day. They offered a Chia Pudding or some other banana flavored dessert. Not a big fan of the nana, so I inquired about their vegan ice cream. The waiter offered sorbet. I wasn't impressed... Until he said "maple." Maple sorbet? Let's give it a go.

$2.50 per scoop. It was amazing! Creamy, delicious, maple-infused sorbet, which tasted like ice cream more than a sorbet. The only thing that would've made it better if it had been served on top of a vegan cobbler.

Good food and service. Nice restaurant and atmosphere. I'd like to return to try more vegan food items, and... vegan cobbler?

Pros: fresh, tasty vegan options, friendly, helpful, attentive staff

Cons: needs more vegan options, all around

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Seriously Awful - Edit

My niece insisted that we take our family, visiting us in Scottsdale for several days, to True Foods to celebrate her mother’s birthday. She had "heard so much about it." There were 13 of us. I tried to make a reservation for lunch but True Foods was not very accommodating. (the conversation went something like this: "We usually don’t take lunch reservations." “Even for 13 people?” I asked. "You'll have to sit at our community table. It seats 10." and "No, we can't seat you outside.")

Fifty percent of my family is vegetarian and we're real foodies. We travel a lot so we've had vegetarian and vegan food throughout the US, India, Canada and Europe. We base reviews on food, service and ambiance. We don't care how trendy a “concept restaurant” is or whether they follow Buddha's or Aunt Minnie's dietary guidelines.

Quit bluntly the food at True Foods in North Scottsdale was awful. The quinoa burger was hard, flavorless and dry. So was the bun. The onion tart was merely warm flat bread with very little on it. We also tried Panang curry, several pizzas, salads and the starters. The food was so bad that we wondered if it was leftover from the day before. The drinks were not impressive either and took forever to be prepared. The menu descriptions were much better than the drinks tasted.

Vegan and vegetarian food does not have to be dull but it should be well prepared and fresh, especially when a restaurant boasts of locally sourced or organically, biodynamically or sustainably farmed.

As for the ambience: The tables were awkward. The chairs were uncomfortable and the space was flooded with such harsh noise we couldn't hear the person next to us. The drink blenders were obnoxious.

The waiters started with a pretentious, canned spiel about Andrew Weil. Throughout the service, we had trouble getting their attention. Their attitude was somewhat like we were lucky to be eating at True Foods.

It's actually a silly concept restaurant with bad food. It certainly wasn't worth the tremendous parking hassle at the North Scottsdale mall location. For a better meal, go to the Persian Room nearby. There are plenty of flavorful, vegetarian options. The restaurant itself looks like a sultan's boudoir. The service was very accommodating. A table for 13 was no problem. You just won't be able to have a Kale-Apple-Cucumber-Celery-Lemon-Ginger drink but so what.

We might give the Camelback True Foods location a try but we're not hopeful.

Pros: Neo-trendy

Cons: A silly concept restaurant, Dried out, stale, flavorless food, Unpleasant ambience

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Fabulous - Edit

This is one of the best veg-friendly restaurants I've eaten at. There are a significant range of options, noodle-based, rice-based, pizzas, seafood dishes -- and all with very delicately-seasoned vegetables cooked al dente. Dr. Andrew Weil's creation, the restaurant deserves star-status. Good value, too.

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