The always-busy True Food Kitchen at Phoenix’s Biltmore Fashion Park now has a sister in Scottsdale. The Sam Fox and Dr. Andrew Weil restaurant opened at the growing Scottsdale Quarter earlier this month. (Earlier in the year, a True Food Kitchen was unveiled in Newport Beach, making the Scottsdale location the third.) While diners will recognize the restaurant’s minimalist yet bright aesthetic and its healthful menu concepts (think top-notch grains and veggies, wild-caught fish, Angus natural beef and free-range chicken), there is plenty of newness that sets the Scottsdale Quarter locale apart from its Phoenix counterpart. First off, its features an expanded food and cocktail menu, along with a full bar and a garden.
Among our favorite dishes: the grilled salmon served with quinoa, roasted beets and preserved lemon salad and the so-comforting-you-forget-it’s-good-for-you grass-fed bison short rib with three-bean ragout, baby carrots and Brussels sprouts. For something to wash it down with, we’re quite fond of True Food’s Natural Refreshments drinks–nonalcoholic beverages that still have all the fanfare of a cocktail. The Hangover Rx tastes like a healthy pina colada.
The restaurant, which is the midpoint of Scottsdale Quarter, also has its good looks to rely on. The 4,000-sq.-ft. space features a large communal table, a centrally located bar and an incredible exhibition-style kitchen. Warm woods, clean lines and bright colors make it a nice place to linger for a while. Another place to get cozy is on the wraparound patio, complete with fire pits. We imagine this to be a popular spot to kick back on cool fall and winter evenings.
Another notable feature: True Food Kitchen at Scottsdale Quarter has solar panels that provide some of the restaurant’s energy, among other eco-friendly aspects. Good for you and the enviornment. http://foxrc.com/.
There are meals. You know, those things you do three times a day to intake food for survival. Then there are meals that happen every once in a while where you can truly taste the time and creativity that when into each dish, and you simply don't want it to end. Such an event happened during a recent dinner at Lincoln at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn.