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Sunday Brunch at True Food Kitchen: A Review & Mother’s Day Giveaway!!

The kind folks over at True Food Kitchen at Scottsdale Quarter graciously treated my family and I to brunch (my favorite meal!!! SCORE!!) so that I could share my thoughts with you, dear reader, about said brunch. How could I possibly refuse? How could I let the SMB readers down?!

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I always check a restaurant out online beforehand–it’s just a foodie thing that I do.  I like to mentally prepare for what lies ahead so that I don’t make hasty, impulsive ordering decisions–a bit geeky, I know. The first thing that jumped out at me was that True Food Kitchen is a Dr. Andrew Weil concept restaurant.  My first thought, I am ashamed to admit, was, “Great.  Nuts and seeds for brunch. I need pancakes!”  But this was a fleeting thought, at best–this menu was anything but rabbit food! So, my family and I (sans teenage Zoe, who has a standing Sunday engagement at a comic book shop in Tempe) headed to Scottsdale last Sunday to give the intriguing True Food Kitchen concept a spin.drinks

My handsome husband and I are cocktail connoisseurs and the brunch cocktail menu did not disappoint.  Handsome Husband has sipped cucumber-infused cocktails from coast to coast (seriously, he ALWAYS orders a cucumber cocktail if there’s one on the menu) and the Cucumber Martini at True Food was hands-down THE BEST cucumber cocktail he has ever had the pleasure of drinking.  This is serious stuff, ladies.  I, on the other hand, have a real affinity for ginger and all things spicy. Bring on the Ginger Margarita!  Utter perfection, I tell you, with quite a kick!  All of the cocktails at True Food are made with fresh purees and juices and you can absolutely tell what a difference it makes.  These drinks were inventive and gorgeous, and dangerously delicious.

Meanwhile, Toddler Sophie was getting a little restless.  (You’d be restless, too if you saw the drinks at our table and you were woefully empty-handed!)  Our attentive server brought her a gluten-free Blueberry, Almond, Olive Oil muffin. We are not a gluten-free family, so it’s not often that I eat a gluten-free muffin.  Most GF baked goods that I’ve eaten have been mediocre, at best.  This muffin was AMAZING.  I could eat it every day for the rest of my life.  The almonds were ground into what one could assume was the flour for this muffin, giving it more of a marzipan flavor than if the almonds were just tossed into the batter. Did we eat more of this muffin than the distracted young Sophie did?  We would never!  (Yes, we would.  Her loss.  She should really pay more attention.)

The brunch menu at True Food Kitchen runs the gamut from hand-crafted elixirs and cocktails, pizzas (with a GF crust option available), sandwiches, salads, breakfasty things, and an assortment of entrees that range from a Panang Curry to a Spaghetti Squash Casserole.  Admittedly, it was hard for a couple of foodies to decide where we wanted to go with this meal!  I settled on the Huevos Rancheros (because I am always a sucker for some good Huevos Rancheros) and Handsome Husband went for the Bison Burger with sides of  sweet potato hash and kale salad.  There’s a thoughtfully curated Kid’s Menu, from which we procured an Almond Butter, Berry & Banana sandwich for little Sophie.

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The Huevos Rancheros were better than average, the Bison Burger was divine and perfectly cooked, but the standouts for me were the sides:  both the kale salad and the sweet potato hash were colorful piles of superfood yumminess. You know that feeling when you eat something that is spectacularly good for you and you feel like Wonder Woman for a minute?  That’s what those sides did for me.

The service at True Food Kitchen was attentive, but not intrusive, and our server really knew her way around the menu.  Handsome Husband and I love to chat up the server to find out what they love.  Often, we are met with unenthusiastic, uninformed answers from servers that just don’t care.  Our server, refreshingly, cared a great deal. She knew the menu, knew how everything was made and knew how to direct us based on our expressed personal preferences. I can’t tell you how important this is for me (see above comment about fear of hasty, ill-informed ordering on my part…I am a little obsessed). The atmosphere is light, bright, modern and zen-like, but not in a corny, contrived way.

True Food Kitchen, you have impressed me. I will be back to order everything on the menu: Quinoa Johnny Cakes!! Edamame Dumplings!! Asparagus & Artichoke Pizza!!  Oh, and about 50 more of those Ginger Margaritas.

True Food Kitchen would love to see a bunch of happy mamas and their lovely families this Mother’s Day, May 12th! I, for one, think it’s the perfect place for Mother’s Day brunch.  (If one of you would kindly call my husband and gently nudge him in that direction, I would be so grateful!)  They do accept reservations for parties of 8 or more and you get there before 11am, there shouldn’t be a wait list yet.

MOMMY FOOTNOTE: You know when your toddler has a meltdown in a public place and you just can’t get it under control and you have to pack up and go home? Well, sadly, that happened soon after we got our entrees.  Yep, Handsome Husband had to pack up the kids while I settled up and got doggie bags.  The staff handled this quickly and kindly (thank you) and the truest test of True Food Kitchen:  our food was still spectacular after we got it home to downtown Phoenix.

True Food Kitchen at Scottsdale Quarter, 15191 N Scottsdale Rd #100, Tel: 480.265.4500   IMG_1377

Brunch hours: Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm

Though my meal was paid for by True Food Kitchen, the opinions above are all my own. (And, True Food, if you’re reading this, I would totally not hate it if you sent me another gift card.  Don’t you need a lunch review or something?!)

Hey, ladies! How would you like to win a $50 gift card to True Food Kitchen?! Contest details below – enter to win!

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In it to WIN IT:

*One entry per person per method of entry. Be sure to enter a separate comment for each method of entry (one comment for Facebook, one comment for Twitter, etc.). This way you have a higher chance of winning.

1. COMMENT: Check out the True Food Kitchen brunch menu online and leave a comment below telling us what sounds delicious to you

2. TWITTER: Follow True Food Kitchen on Twitter (@TrueFood Kitchen) – just copy and paste this message into your tweet – Happy Mother’s Day! @ScottsdaleMoms is giving away a $50 gift card to @TrueFoodKitchen! http://wp.me/p1nIcu-4m6 – then leave a comment here saying you did so.

3. FACEBOOK: Like True Food Kitchen on Facebook, then leave a comment here on the blog letting us know you did.

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Giveaway ends Sunday, May 5 at 11:59PM! Winner is chosen randomly and will be notified by email early next week. Good luck, everyone!

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85 Responses to Sunday Brunch at True Food Kitchen: A Review & Mother’s Day Giveaway!!

  1. Kelly Lewis May 2, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Liked True Food on facebook. Should have done that a LONG time ago! I adore that place!:)

  2. Kelly Lewis May 2, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I would LOVE the albacore Tuna sliders! Yum!

  3. Lauren S May 2, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I would love to try the GF muffin!! And all of the entrees look amazing, I don’t know how I could decide!

  4. Tara May 2, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    The Market Veggie Scramble sounds amazing! How can you go wrong with sweet potatoes?

  5. Tara May 2, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Liked True Food on FB

  6. Michelle Boncel May 2, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    I love true foods and have “liked” their page on facebook! Wish me luck!

  7. Jennifer S May 2, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    I like them on fb! 🙂

  8. Shelly McNeill May 2, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Would love to try the street tacos! And I liked true foods on FB!:-)

  9. Tara Mackey May 2, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    I like True Food Kitchen on FB!

  10. Tara Mackey May 2, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Liked True Food Kitchen on FB, and I would love to try their Turkey Lasagna 🙂

  11. Jennifer S May 2, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    I would order the turkey burger w/ kale salad! Yum! Would love love love to win this!!! My hubby has to travel to china for work and will be gone for Mother’s Day, would love to go there once he got back.

  12. Abby B. May 2, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Wild Mushroom pizza sounds good to me!

  13. Jen Brumbaugh May 2, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    “liked” (loved) them on Facebook!

  14. ShannonTafoya May 2, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Liked on FB! Would love to try their breakfast burrito. And their honey lemonade is to die for! 🙂

  15. Jen Brumbaugh May 2, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    The Kale Salad looks amazing! And–who can deny how good it is for you!

  16. Abby B. May 2, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I liked True Food Kitchen on Facebook

  17. Nicole May 2, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Kale Salad pls!

  18. Brittany Roe May 2, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I love this place! Liked it on Facebook. Great place especially with my son having horrible food allergies!

  19. Kelsey May 2, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Liked them on FB & the Mushroom pizza is my favorite thing there! I would like to try their breakfast burrito though!

  20. ali May 2, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    mmmm…. the Market Vegetable Scramble sounds so amazing! I think I would also have to order a Banana Espresso Pistachio and Date muffin too! Have been wanting to go here, menu looks great!

  21. Vanessa R May 2, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    The tuna sliders were wonderful. So was the “Spontaneous Happiness”. I’d love to try the Huevos Rancheros. Now, I’m off to like them on FB.

  22. Marnie Wong May 2, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I absolutely want some Edamame Dumplings!! Mmm. I tweeted (as @BootCampBabesAz) and liked on FB. Love True Foods!!!

  23. Jen Brumbaugh May 2, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Tweeted and followed you both!

  24. Kelsey May 2, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    I also followed them on twitter, & tweeted the copy & pasted message!

  25. Vanessa R May 2, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    The tuna sliders were wonderful. So was the “Spontaneous Happiness”. I’d love to try the Huevos Rancheros. I just like them on FB, too.

  26. Kari Devine May 2, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I liked True Foods on Facebook.

  27. Kari Devine May 2, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Love and I mean L.O.V.E. the kale salad. Would love to ‘celebrate’ being a mom their on Mother’s Day.

  28. Tracy Lowe May 2, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    I like True Foods on Facebook! I like the organic eggs to try for breakfast and spaghetti squash casserole at lunch or later in the day!

  29. ali May 2, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I “LIKE” True Food Kitchen on Facebook! 🙂

  30. Jenna May 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Huevos Rancheros sound good!!

  31. Courtney May 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Ooh! The Panang Curry sounds delicious!

    Liked True Food!

  32. Courtney May 2, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Ooh! The Panang Curry sounds delicious!

    Liked True Food! Tweet sent!

  33. Courtney May 2, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Ooh! The Panang Curry sounds delicious!

    Liked True Food! Tweet sent!

  34. Christa Baugh May 2, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    The Quinoa Johnny Cake sounds intriguing… I’d like to try that!!! But it all sounds so good …

  35. RoseM May 2, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Breakfast Burrito!

  36. Andrea May 2, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I’d love to try the Quinoa Johnny Cake and the blueberry almond and olive oil muffin since you have it such great reviews!

  37. Christa Baugh May 2, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I liked True Food on Facebook!

  38. Andrea May 2, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Liked on facebook

  39. RoseM May 2, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Liked on FB!

  40. Shamira May 2, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Liked on Facebook!

  41. Shamira May 2, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I’ve been wanting to try this place out but we always just end up at the splash pad! 🙂
    The vegetable scramble sounds really good for brunch!

  42. Christine Stauffer May 2, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Liked True Food on Facebook :).

  43. Tara R. May 2, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I would love to try the Kale-Aid to drink and Gluten Free Asparagus Artichoke Pizza sounds DELISH!!

    • Tara R. May 2, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Also Liked on Facebook!

  44. becca h May 2, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Have been waiting to try this out, you’ve really peaked my interest now!

  45. Kaarin Puhala May 2, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Organic eggs and Farmer Market salad!

  46. Kaarin Puhala May 2, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Tweeted (@KPuhala)

  47. Kaarin Puhala May 2, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Liked on facebook

  48. Elise May 2, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Liked on FB, Love True food Kitchen! I love all the Fox Concept Restaurants. The kale Salad with grilled chicken sounds delicious!! (Kale is suppose be great veggie for preventing cancer 🙂 To drink the Ixå Organic Silver Tequila, Lime, Fresh Mint, Soda. Thai Shrimp dumplings sound great for a starter. I dont’t think anyone can go wrong with anything on this menu, it all sounds delicious and wonderful for Mother’s day brunch 🙂

  49. Stephanie Higgins May 2, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I love True Foods! I think the Goji Berry Granola sounds great off the brunch menu!

  50. Danelle May 2, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    My favorite is the chicken salad!

  51. Cathleen Reitz May 2, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Liked them on FB but actually I love them!!

  52. Marla Kuehn May 2, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    I LOVE True Food! The breakfast burrito sounds delish!!!

  53. Cathleen Reitz May 2, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Huevos Rancheros sound yummy! Love cojita cheese!

  54. Shelby Voss May 2, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! My favorite it the vegetable crudités! Can’t belive I haven’t “liked” True Foods on facebook before…now I have 🙂 Such a perfect place!

  55. Shabnam May 2, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I would love to try their breakfast burrito!

  56. Samantha May 2, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Breakfast Burrito please!

  57. Holly Marie May 2, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I liked True Food Kitchen on FB!

  58. Holly Marie May 2, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Tough call- would love the breakfast burrito, the tofu scramble wrap and something refreshing to drink- being almost 7 months pregnant with baby #2 means I can order two meals for Mother’s Day right? : )

  59. Tara O'Connor May 2, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    The grilled albacore tuna sliders and spontaneous happiness cocktail sound amazing!!!

  60. Tara O'Connor May 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Liked on Facebook!

  61. Lisa Gappa May 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    The “Farmers Market” looks like something I could actually eat safely. Would love to win this prize, with my ever growing allergies and a newly discovered genetic disease adding meat to my unsafe list I would love to give TrueFoods a try for Mothers Day. Liked on FB and as I don’t have a Twitter account my husband did that for me. Fingers crossed.

  62. Nicole m May 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Reported on twitter

  63. Nicole m May 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Reposted on twitter

  64. Ashley May 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE their kale salad. It is my favorite thing on the menu.

  65. Tory Smith May 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    The huevos rancheros sound amazing with a Cucumber Refresher, of course!

    It’s so awesome how the food there leaves me feeling BETTER…

    I also tweeted about the giveaway https://twitter.com/TheTorySmith

  66. Tory Smith May 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I also liked True Foods on FB!

  67. Darcy Carter May 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Liked True Foods on Facebook, and I would order the Honey Lemonade for sure!

  68. Kassie May 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    SO hard to pick, but I’m thinking the Market Vegetable Scramble!!!

  69. Kassie May 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I liked True Foods on facebook 🙂

  70. Venita Ballard May 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Alrighty…I liked True Foods on Facebook, I tweeted the message and the I hope I win this gift card because I want the Two Organic Eggs with yummy sweet potato hash!!!

  71. Lenka M May 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Marget Veggie Scramble sounds amazing

  72. Lenka M May 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Liked on FB

  73. Heather a May 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I liked on Facebook 🙂

  74. Heather a May 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m a simple breakfast girl, I think the two eggs with turkey sausage and potatoes sounds wonderful 🙂

  75. Lisa May 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I have never been to True Food and think it’s about time I go after hearing such great reviews! 🙂

  76. Melissa May 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Tuscan Kale salad and pomegranate mojito, thank you very much!

  77. Melissa May 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Liked on FB

  78. tina winkler May 3, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Any of those chopped salads sound amazing.

  79. tina winkler May 3, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Liked on fb

  80. becca h May 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    It all looks wonderful but the Veggie Scramble looks exceptionally enjoyable! Would love to win this!

  81. becca h May 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Liked on FB!

  82. Jessie May 5, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    street tacos look great!!

  83. Marion hilton May 6, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    I love the crudite. Best veggies So fresh.

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