This year has already seen the debut of some healthy foods restaurants, including a new Snap Kitchen and some new juice bars. And gourmet, healthy spots continue to proliferate with today's debut of True Food Kitchen. The Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts eatery already has a presence in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, and Virginia, but this is the chain's introduction to the Houston market. And it's a big intro, too. The 4,500-square-foot space at San Felipe and Post Oak seats about 145 diners inside and 58 more on an outdoor patio, and is outfitted with eco-friendly furniture and décor.
As for the menu, there are plenty of healthful options. Despite a purported kale shortage, there are some kale-filled dishes and drinks, including a Tuscan kale salad, which shares a menu with an "Inside Out" Quinoa Burger and panang curry. The new concept was developed with healthy lifestyle author Dr. Andrew Weil, a proponent of an anti-inflammatory diet who has written best-selling books on wholesome eating. His research is the basis for the menu that executive chef Patrick Sullivan will oversee at the Houston outpost. In addition to the nutritious fare, there are some vitamin-packed cocktails, like the Kale-Aid and Medicine Man, made with antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies.
Healthy stuff, but is it good? Let us know when you stop in. True Food Kitchen is now open to the public. Check back next week for a full look at the healthy eats. And if you do happen to enjoy it, check back for the late 2014 launch of this ownership group's next Houston eatery: North Italia, set to open next to True Food Kitchen in Phase II of BLVD Place. North Italia will also be a health-focused establishment but one consisting mostly of modern, scratch-made Italian food.
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