REVIEW: A Revisit to True Food Kitchen

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Even the best restaurants need a few weeks to get into a rhythm after opening. Case in point: True Food Kitchen in downtown Austin’s Seaholm district. (See full review below and here.)

With friends in town this week, we decided to pop back for a Sunday lunch around 1pm. Business seems good. Very good, in fact. We had a 30-minute wait for a Sunday lunch at 1pm. While no one wants the wait, it’s generally a good sign that people want to eat here. The patio was busy even for a day with a slight chill in the air.

Our orders were fairly simple: 3 special drinks, a pizza to share (wild mushroom, asparagus, roasted garlic, taleggio) and a burger (grass-fed burger, mushroom, caramelized onion, mayonnaise, arugula, parmesan, umami, flax seed bun).

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OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE SECOND VISIT

  • The drinks arrived quickly. During my first visit, the meal arrived before our drinks. And.. they were tasty for a Sunday afternoon lunch. This was progress!
  • The service was friendly and attentive. Another sign of progress.
  • The food was quite good. The pizza has that tinge of charred crust from a great stone or brick oven. The sweet potato hash with the burger was excellent. Another great sign.

THE WEBSITE
THE MENU
ADDRESS: 222 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701
PHONE: (512) 777-2430 

I can see why True Food Kitchen is a popular place at Seaholm almost two months after first opening. Now… we can’t wait for Boiler Nine to open and get first reviews!

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INITIAL REVIEW – MARCH 29 

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True Food Kitchen is finally open in the Seaholm development in downtown Austin.

Opening week seemed busy for a restaurant tucked out of the way of large traffic flow. It’s located on the southwest corner of the first floor of the Seaholm residences. I will say up front that I will re-visit the restaurant in about a month to see what has changed after the first month of operation. The first days and weeks are able working through early challenges. We shouldn’t judge too harshly in the opening days.

THE WEBSITE
THE MENU
ADDRESS: 222 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701
PHONE: (512) 777-2430 

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I decided to have an early dinner on Wednesday night — just the third night of the official opening of True Food. It was a warm evening and we decided to sit on the large  patio. It’s a rather large, wraparound L-shape patio hugging the building.

Upon arrival, the host stand is a bit clumsily located. It’s immediately inside the front door which caused every guest to almost bump into each other as they entered the door. If not, you move around and jockey for a clear position waiting for a table. We were escorted outside on a great night. The restaurant was quite busy for only a third night at about 6:30pm. The patio was nearly full. Inside was not packed but still busy.

The menu is a great mix of fresh foods and creative takes.  I ordered the grilled asparagus, roasted cauliflower salad. It included wax bean, broccolini, mint, manchego, pistachio and sicilian vinaigrette. The salad was just a bit cool which helped add to some of the flavors. For $13, it was a nice, fresh salad for a first time dinner at True Food Kitchen. I ordered a martini as soon as we sat down. Unfortunately, the dinner salad arrived before the drink.

The service was attentive and helpful albeit not overly friendly.  It was only the third night of service so I would give every server plenty more chances to settle into the menu, dinner and timing of service.

ed9415be-f2f7-4064-876d-69af4d870510FIVE-POINT REVIEW
FOOD – Good
COCKTAILS – OK (mainly due to timing)
LOCATION – Great for downtown
PATIO – Nice, spacious
SERVICE – OK, I hope a little more settled next time.

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