True Food Kitchen, which announced their Chicago location back in 2014, finally has an opening date in River North. Reps confirmed that True Food, a casual chain co-founded by Dr. Andrew Weil—a famous integrative medicine physician—should open their doors on Nov. 22 at 1 W. Erie St. Look for heart healthy and anti-inflammatory items mostly inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. These diets are typically lower in saturated fats, but often saltier.
The family-friendly restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items. There’s a focus on local and organic ingredients whenever possible.
Sample dishes for the seasonal menu include a butternut squash pizza, Chioggia beet bruschetta, kale guacamole and a burger served with a side of roasted sweet potatoes. Weil developed True Food Kitchen with Fox Restaurant Concepts, a group that shares Weil’s holistic philosophy.
The chain debuted in 2008 in Phoenix, and 16 True Food Kitchens are scattered around in Arizona, California (Los Angeles and Bay Area), Denver, Atlanta, Texas and Virginia. The company plans on opening more, including a Philadelphia location.
Check out the menus, including the kids version, below.