True Food: clean eating in Dallas

Christina Deal, Staff Writer

True Food Kitchen, a health-focused restaraunt located at the Plaza at Preston Center, offers a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian meal options. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Kerin.

Bread Zeppelin typically fulfills the University of Dallas student’s craving for salad. Though I thoroughly enjoy the occasional zeppelin, this week Elizabeth Kerin and I went in search of another delicious salad place.

Attempting to avoid traffic, we ended up at True Food Kitchen, which features a variety of clean-eating options. Potted plants created a calming atmosphere inside, though the waiters’ uniforms reminded me of scrubs or hiking gear. The menu, which includes a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options, features seasonal items, so their current selection is fall-themed.

“At True Food Kitchen, we want you to feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process,” the website says. “It’s honest food that tastes really good.”

I ordered a $6 glass of Haras chardonnay from Maipo Valley, Chile. This white wine paired nicely with the appetizer and salad ingredients. We started with the kale and avocado dip, a vegetarian appetizer which consisted of pink grapefruit, cilantro, roasted poblano and cotija cheese served with spiced pita chips. I found the entire dish rather flavorless until we added salt.

For my meal, I ordered the Mediterranean chopped salad, which included cucumber, olives, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, feta and almonds with lemon oregano vinaigrette. The salad was tasty but smothered by quinoa, and the leaves used for the lettuce were sprout-like, which made it difficult to eat – definitely not a good dish for a romantic date. Chicken could be added to the dish for an additional $5.50, which seemed like a rip-off.

Elizabeth ordered the Autumn Ingredient salad, which featured brussels sprouts, cauliflower, squash, mulberry, white beans and pomegranate with horseradish vinaigrette. She was content with her choice. However, this salad was really a bowl of roast vegetables.

This restaurant is slightly pricey given the small portion sizes, though they do have happy hour specials from 3- 6:30 p.m. throughout the week. For vegetarian or gluten-free diners, this restaurant would be an easy place to eat, since these options are marked on the menu. I don’t think I will return to this restaurant. The strange atmosphere and the overpriced food are two things that cannot be circumvent. As promised, I did not feel sick or unhealthy as I would after eating greasy food, but the food did not satisfy and left me wanting more.

If you try one of the restaurants I review, or have a secret gem for me to visit, email me thoughts and ideas at

Plaza at Preston Center 8383 Preston Center
Plaza #100
Dallas, Texas 75225

Phone: 214.377.3333

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. — 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. — 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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