Chicago Embraces Sustainable Eating Habits with True Food Kitchen

By Michael Kuperman

New to Chicago, yet quickly making a name for themselves, True Food Kitchen has taken the familiar farm-to-table approach and built upon it with a unique health flair. Opened in late 2016, in Chicago’s River North area, True Food Kitchen offers diners an inventive, almost playful way to experience health conscious cuisine.

Known for their large open kitchens, the W Erie St location keeps the trend going with a truly luxurious space. The large dining space, which can easily seat over 100 guests at a time, draws you in with the large L-shaped layout, which seems to have a new and exciting part of the restaurant at each turn. Towards the back of the restaurant, guests can enjoy their meal while also getting front row seats to see how exactly it was made.

With an effort to not keep any secrets from diners, True Food puts on display the prep work that many restaurants tuck away from the eyes of patrons. The line is behind the prep counters sporting large glass windows, allowing guests to experience the theatre that is a busy lunch service.

While the open kitchen at True Food might be tantamount to the brand, one would be remiss without mentioning the true star of the show—the food. Diners across the country have become accustomed to sustainably focused fair, but True Food Kitchen is building upon that model by focusing on sustainable eating habits.

Shortly after being seated, a food guide is placed at the table, outlining co-founder Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory themed menu. True Food Kitchen’s menu differs from that of its competitors in that every dish has been crafted to fight inflammation. Powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, ginger, garlic, whole grains and lean proteins can be found in familiar Mediterranean and Asian influenced dishes. The menu is full of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and cholesterol fighting anti-inflammatory agents.

Andrew Weil, M.D., linked up with Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Sam Fox in the late 1990s to create a restaurant that offered delicious food, that could also be guilt free due to its health benefits. When it came time to talk about expanding out of Arizona and further East, Dr. Weil being a Chicago native, knew just the place.

With a yoga studio conveniently located above the restaurant—and Yoga + Brunch a monthly event, True Food Kitchen has pushed guests to not just think about their eating habits, but lifestyle habits as well. True Food Kitchen’s popularity shows that guests don’t just want food that is good for the environment, but is also good for their bodies.