Last month, I got word that a new health-driven, seasonal restaurant was coming to town (cue my happy dance!). I've always wondered why we didn't have more local eateries geared towards cleaner and healthier eating and so this was something that I got really excited about.
I had an opportunity to visit True Food Kitchen in King of Prussia just before heading out on vacation a couple of weeks ago before they formally opened, and was not disappointed.
It was a hot and muggy day when I stopped into True Food Kitchen, so one of the first things my guest and I did was order a nice cold drink. We both opted for the Sparkling Antioxidant Tea (organic iced green tea, pomegranate, lemon) and LOVED it. It had the fizz of a soda, but was so much better for us and didn't make us feel bloated while we sipped and ate. I honestly can't even describe the flavor, you need to check it out for yourself. So good though, I could drink those all day long.
Next, we ordered the Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon appetizer (marcona almond, white balsamic, chèvre). Not only was it beautiful to look at, but it was so fresh and gave us something to nibble on without feeling completely stuffed before our meals came out.
I'd been a few weeks gluten-free by this point, and I was hardcore craving a "cheat meal" to celebrate with and so imagine my delight when I found a healthy way to do this ... a vegan Heirloom Tomato pizza (grilled artichoke, roasted garlic, vegan almond ricotta, black truffle)! While it wasn't gluten-free, the crust was thin enough to allow me to indulge without feeling like I'd just scarfed up a loaf of bread.
That ricotta... it's like all of the good things in life wrapped up into one non-dairy cheese product. It had the same velvety texture of ricotta, a slightly different flavor but more flavor, and honestly I could have sat there just eating a bowl of that. I'm also not a big tomato sauce person, but love tomatoes, so I was pleased that this was more of a white pizza.
My guest ordered the Smoked Turkey Wrap (avocado, tomato, cucumber, provolone, hummus) and found that it was more filling than it looked because it was so packed with healthy protein and veggies!
Rachel (my guest) and I, are never ones to pass up dessert and we decided to share the Key Lime Pie (coconut chantilly). Unlike me, Rachel has been to Key West and has tried the real deal so we were anxious to see what her comparison would be! Good news: she gave it two thumbs up and said it was legit!
In all, we had an amazing lunch and I'm honestly so excited to go back and try out other menu options (let's be honest, I'm going to be getting that heaven sent pizza again). Their menu clearly outlines the Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free choices, which makes ordering a breeze.
True Food Kitchen King of Prussia
239 Mall Blvd., PA 19406
If you've been on our Facebook, you know that we have an April Girls Night Out event coming up at Cantina Laredo. If you didn't know that, I suggest you hop on over and get yourself registered. It's going to be a great time!
Cantina Laredo is connected to the King of Prussia Mall, but has it's own entrance on the third level of the parking garage beside Bloomingdale's. It's a relaxed and fun atmosphere where you can go and grab a drink with girlfriends, watch a game or simply a date night for a quality meal.
My friend Kate and I decided to give Cantina Laredo a try in anticipation of the event next month, and we were so thrilled with our experience. When we arrived, the restaurant was lively with couples who were enjoying a Saturday night drink and families who were intently watching the Villanova basketball game.
Kate and I both don't eat seafood, which in many places means a pretty limited menu or needing to endlessly substitute our options... not here!
Immediately, two bowls of tortilla chips were brought to the table with a mild and a spicy salsa/sauce for dipping. We also ordered the Top Shelf Guacamole (Kate's actually the one who got me guac-obsessed a few years ago!), a signature dish, made table side for us... it doesn't get fresher than that. You literally cannot come to Cantina Laredo and not order this. One of the best parts of this is that you can customize it to your taste - not a fan of jalapeños (cough cough, Kate and I)? Don't include them! Don't like cilantro? No worries! You'll only get the ingredients in the guacamole that you love.
When our drinks arrived we were blown away. Kate loves a good margarita and I'm a rum girl myself, so she got the Salted Watermelon Margarita (I took a sip and even though I don't love tequila, this was super good) and I got the Passion Fruit Colada. I'm thinking Spring over here!
Salted Watermelon Margarita
Casa Noble Crystal Organic Tequila with watermelon puree, Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur, lemon and lime juices
Passion Fruit Colada
Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum with passion fruit syrup, coconut puree, fresh lime and pineapple juice
Our first main dish was an assortment of tacos, which were seriously delicious. I tend to be a little picky with my chicken dishes because I find it bland sometimes, but that was not an issue with the chicken fajita taco. It had so much flavor! The Barbacoa was just as delicious - the brisket was tender and the onion on top was the perfect addition.
Barbacoa Taco (Gluten Free)
Corn tortillas filled with braised and pulled Certified Angus Beef brisket, with house marinated red onion, chopped cilantro, roasted tomatillo sauce and Monterey Jack
Chicken Fajita Taco
Corn tortillas with chicken topped with avocado, pico de gallo, chopped cilantro and queso fresco (also available with skirt steak)
After the tacos came the Carnitas signature dish. Even though Kate and I have a hard time with spicier foods, we were still able to eat these. Most surprising was the portion - even though it looks small, there was a ton of tender meat on these (apparently their 16 oz. Cascabel Ribeye is the same way). Yum! I loved that the pork was complemented with a side of Mexican rice, because it added just that much more flavor to every bite. We were also provided a side of corn tortillas for these, which was genius for those who might want to make their own taco/burrito out of the entree's contents.
Braised pork shanks topped with chipotle wine sauce. With seasonal vegetables and Mexican rice
The food kept on coming... and we weren't sorry about it. Next on the agenda was a variety of enchiladas. We were able to sample both the Mole and the Veracruz, which are two different varieties of chicken enchiladas.
If you're unfamiliar with Mole sauce, it's a combination of cocoa, chili peppers and other spices but it's not sweet in the sense that you usually associate chocolate with. The chocolate is a subtle flavor and complemented the spiciness of the peppers and herbs really well.
The Veracruz, pictured below, was topped with a spicy tomatillo sauce and veggies. These were served with a cilantro lime rice, which was less spicy than the Mexican rice we'd tried earlier, but certainly not lacking in flavor. I actually found that it was nice having a milder rice to complement the spicy sauces!
Two enchiladas filled with pulled chicken, topped with a sauce from a sweet, spicy blend of dried Mexican peppers
Two enchiladas filled with pulled chicken, spinach and Monterey Jack, topped with tomatillo sauce, marinated vegetables and queso fresco
At this point, we were hitting a real wall... but of course we had room for dessert. To finish off our evening, we decided to give the Mexican Brownie a try. It was an excellent decision (Kate said it might have been the best dessert she'd ever had!).
With pecans and walnuts on a sizzling skillet with Mexican Brandy Butter and vanilla or cinnamon ice cream
Our dinner really could not have been more delicious or in a better setting to relax and catch up. I'm so excited that you all will have the opportunity to give Cantina Laredo a try next month! Please feel free to give them a call and schedule reservations in advance if you and your girlfriends think you might want to grab a bite towards the end of our GNO.
Cantina Laredo Website, here.
Cantina Laredo Facebook, here.
Cantina Laredo Instagram: @cantinalaredo
690 W. Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Sun-Thur 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Mon-Fri 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Fri-Sat 9:00PM to Close