True Food Kitchen in Dallas

Legacy East is a new shopping/eating/living area in Plano, Texas. Dallas is an area made of multiple suburbs and Plano is one of them.

I’m visiting family and they found True Food Kitchen for us all to try. The menu is clearly labeled with vegan options and lots of non-vegan things they wanted to try.

I am the only vegan in my family and I love them dearly, so I am very thoughtful about when and where I talk about being vegan. One nephew is 11 and he has been asking lots of questions so we talk and I am truthful in a way that I know my brother is comfortable. My brother and his family is, in return, very thoughtful about respecting my veganism. I love them more for it.

Anyway, back to the restaurant! I picked out a pomegranate chia limeade that was divine and the ancient grains bowl with tofu that was yummers. Behind my limeade is a fresh apple juice that my nephews fought over.

One nephew got an almond butter, apple, and banana sandwich that he adored and was vegan except for a dipping sauce that can easily be excluded. This sandwich is found on the kids menu.

I really enjoyed True Food. The waitstaff was very attentive. So much so that we had two servers at first to make sure we were taken care of. The space is open and clean.

True Food Kitchen gets four out of five cupcakes. The only drawback was a desire for more vegan options. Maybe something that follows the Whole Foods Plant Based approach.

If in this part of the world, there is confidence in finding something yummers at True Food Kitchen.

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Freebirds

  
I was excited to finally try Freebirds. There is a lot of hype about how good it is and this may be true if not vegan. I shared with the woman helping me that I was up for anything, so long as it was vegan. Knowing that tortillas are not always well labeled, I ordered the vegetarian burrito bowl. It went downhill from there. The woman helping me was unsure which rice was vegan, if either. I selected the cilantro lime as it had a higher likelihood compared to the Spanish rice. She then suggested the tempeh option. Cool! Happy to try something for vegan visitors. She did know the beans were vegetarian, so I got black beans and topped everything off with extra grilled veggies, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. It sounds good.

  
But it was just okay. Chipotle is more tasty for vegans. The tempeh was not well seasoned and made everything taste bland. All of it was bland. Oops.

Freebirds gets two of five vegan cupcakes. Decor is super fun and the food is fresh, but flavorless. I probably won’t return unless I hear about changes worth trying.

Mellow Mushroom

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Mellow Mushroom is a 40-year old pizza chain. The personality mimics much of the hippy culture from the 1960s and 1970s. This actually means they have been relatively vegan friendly. I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to find a new gluten free AND vegan pizza crust option. Even clearly marked on the menu as such. Very exciting and quite tasty! I was starving and ate my entire pizza. This place gets an easy four out of five vegan cupcakes. Easily vegan, tasty, and I will certainly return.