Downtown Summerlin continues to become more vegan-friendly with the opening of True Food Kitchen in October 2019. With the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, True Food Kitchen has found a way to please all types of customers and is a fantastic addition to the vegan-friendly restaurants in Las Vegas.
The award-winning restaurant lives by the principles of its founder, Dr. Andrew Weil, and his anti-inflammatory food pyramid (so, yah, you’re eating healthy and gooood): “Together, we’re a passionate collective of accomplished chefs, visionary restaurateurs and a renowned doctor of integrative medicine, who believe delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence.”
The menu rotates around seasonal ingredients at the peak of their freshness to ensure vibrant drinks and dishes year round. While a hearty portion of the menu is vegan-friendly, True Food Kitchen can also tweak dishes to accommodate additional vegan and gluten-free requests.
Guys, this is just the fall menu and we are already hooked.
Start yourself off with a beverage on the Refresher menu full of juices and blended teas. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, make sure to read through the Craft Cocktail list. Wet your whistle with elixirs such as Beets By Jon (organic vodka, red beet, lemon, and pineapple) and Juniper Rose (rose-infused gin, lime, grapefruit, and thyme).
Share a starter or two with the table. The fall menu includes butternut squash soup as well as roasted brussels sprouts with mushrooms, miso sesame vinaigrette, and chili thread to top it off.
Two popular True Food Kitchen vegan starters that stick around most of the year are the kale guacamole and charred cauliflower drizzled with harissa tahini and tossed with chopped medjool dates, dill, mint, and pistachios.
Don’t write off this guac. This take on the recipe includes grapefruit, cilantro, and roasted poblano with sunflower seeds served along house-made pita chips. It’s different and oh-so-good.
In terms of the leafy greens, their seasonal ingredient salad makes you excited to order salad again. This is a restaurant favorite and features butternut squash, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cannellini beans, organic kale, toasted mulberry, and pomegranate all tossed in a horseradish vinaigrette. The salad is a meal within itself, and you can spruce it up even more by adding in some tofu, too.
If your here in the fall the one dish you can’t skip is the Butternut Squash Pizza. This baby comes topped with caramelized onion, roasted garlic, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta, dried cranberries, and sage. Could you share? Sure. Are you going to want to? Probably not. And if you’re looking for something more traditional, a Tomato and Arugula Pizza with olive oil and lemon is also available.
All but one bowl is vegan as is so take your pick! Get a healthy does of carbs with either the ancient grains with veggies, Korean noodle (made with sweet potato glass noodles), or the teriyaki quinoa with broccoli, rainbow carrot, bok choy, mushroom, brown rice, avocado, and toasted sesame. Or forgot the carbs and try the creamy cauliflower polenta, piled high with grilled broccolini, snow peas, edamame, snap peas, zucchini, watermelon radish, miso, cashews, and chili thread. Yeah, cauliflower really can do it all!
If you’re craving a sandwich, True Food Kitchen offers two vegan sandwiches. The Unbeetable Burger is a true veggie burger, pink and juicy from beets (no mock meat here) with jicama slaw, crushed avocado, butter lettuce, and vegan mayonnaise all placed between a flaxseed bun. There’s even a T.L.T. (Tempeh, Lettuce, and Tomato) sandwich on the menu. Add a cucumber salad, kale salad, or sweet potato hash as your vegan side.
Don’t even think of leaving the restaurant without ordering a slice of squash pie. How this delicious pie with coconut whipped cream and a graham cracker crust can possibly be vegan and gluten-free is beyond us … but it most definitely is vegan. This dessert alone is worth the trip to Summerlin’s True Foods Kitchen. Bonus: you can bring a whole pie home. The sweets don’t stop with the pie; the vanilla ice cream and chia seed pudding are also vegan (in case you don’t want to order pie, or want to order pie and also second dessert).
Keep a look out for a second location at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace scheduled to open in early 2020.
10970 Rosemary Park Dr., 89135, 702-863-1000, Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m – 9 p.m.
Kathryn Hartwig is a senior writer for Vegans, Baby. She decided to go vegan almost eight years ago while searching for the perfect diet to compliment her role as a professional dancer. After experimenting with multitudes of fads, she finally found a lifestyle that turned out to be so much more than just a diet. She settled in Vegas with her husband/photographer Daniel, and puppy, Layla, after traveling the world on cruise ships and living in New York City. The family recently welcomed the birth of their first child, a true vegan baby.