True Food Kitchen

Los Angeles, California

3.9 / 1 vote

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Dishes made from fresh, sustainable ingredients

True Food Kitchen emphasizes simplicity and sustainability in preparing globally-inspired dishes. The menu features a number of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items, all of which are clearly marked. The restaurant is located next to the entrance of the Santa Monica Place Mall.

Added by Lola on Mar 6 12 (last updated Mar 6 12)

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I stumbled upon True Food Kitchen while visiting the Santa Monica Place Mall and was delighted to find several clearly-marked vegan options on the menu. I started by ordering the Red Moon elixir, which was a refreshing blend of blood orange puree, yuzu, agave and soda water.

For my entree, I had "Andy's Favorite TLT," which was a vegan version of a BLT made with tempeh bacon. The tempeh was extremely crispy, which I found to be a bit jarring at first, but after a while I became convinced that the chefs at True Food Kitchen have it right. Aside from this one experience, the best vegan BLTs that I have tasted have consisted of thin, floppy strips of smoky-flavored tempeh, served with lettuce and slices of ripe, juicy tomatoes on toasted bread. The BLT at True Food Kitchen had a whole extra layer of texture, provided by the crispy tempeh, that I have heretofore been missing.

I was especially impressed with the dessert menu, which was about 50% vegan. I decided to order the Apple Crisp, which was served warm with a scoop of dairy-free maple ice cream. The other vegan options were a dairy-free organic chocolate pudding and a pomegranate yuzu sorbet. The waiter also informed me that they usually have a few other flavors of vegan ice cream and sorbet, which are available by the scoop.

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  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating



11:30am - 9pm
11:30am - 10pm
10am - 10pm

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