True Food Kitchen has revamped their Weekend Brunch menu with new gluten free menu items to help you eat healthier in 2012: Greek yogurt, fresh seasonal fruits, granola, whole grains, coconut milk, and gluten-free bites are just a few of the reasons why brunching at True Food Kitchen is always delicious and nutritious. Last weekend, my friend and health advocate Candice and her adorable daughter met at True Food Kitchen to taste test the new gluten free choices to determine if non-gluten versions of wholesome and familiar brunch foods like pancakes and muffins would pass muster with discerning diners.
First up, rehydrate and revitalize with a couple of their natural refreshments (non alcoholic) packed with good-for-you ingredients. The Natural and Kale Aid have been a big hit and are quickly gaining on the #1 most popular drink: The Medicine Man. We “health nuts” are not put off by green drinks – but taste does matter. All three of these drinks have bright, refreshing flavors that go down easy and make you feel like you’re doing something good for your body!
Next up: fuel, fiber, and good food for the body.
Verdict: Better than we ever thought quinoa pancakes would be. And, if you can finish a serving of these, you’re a better man than me 🙂
Verdict: The crisped kale topped with a sprinkle of Parmigiano added wonderful texture, earthy mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil gave the dish complexity not often found in egg white omelets.
The Gluten-Free Spice Carrot Muffin was moist with pleasantly subdued spices and under the Goji Berry Granola (puffed brown rice, dried blueberries, pistachios & pomegranate arils) was a creamy Greek yogurt with fresh oranges and grapes for a lovely taste surprise.
Overall, we gave the food three thumbs up and extra thumbs up for the reasonably priced menu, the chic Fashion Island location, friendly service delivered by attractive young people with that healthy Southern California aura, and the eco-chic airy interior space and vibrant patio scene awash with glorious sunlight.
451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Brunch 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday