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Unwrapping healthy restaurants around Brophy

Wrap restaurant, local kitchen serve affordable, delicious cuisine

Photo by Colin Prenger '11 - True Food Kitchen is located on 24th Street and Camelback.

By Colin M. Prenger ’11 and Jackson Santy ’13

What is your favorite place that satisfies your hunger after a long day hitting the books at school?

Most answers would be a restaurant that has fast-food, or an establishment that pretends to have a healthy menu.

Be not afraid, healthy food does not necessarily mean tasteless food.

There are numerous restaurants that surround Brophy that have healthier and tasty cuisine compared to other popular fast-food places.

That’s A Wrap on Camelback Road just east of 7th Street (where Lola’s Tapas used to be) often goes unnoticed by students, but should be taken into serious consideration when deciding what to eat after school.

Hence the name of the restaurant, That’s A Wrap specializes in 11 varieties of wraps.

The Phoenix New Times rated the “Buffalo 66” wrap No. 8 of 100 favorite dishes in the valley.

Are you a vegetarian?

No problem, at no extra charge That’s A Wrap will substitute grilled tofu for any meat.

One of two attractive aspects of That’s A Wrap is that part of the idea of the food, according to their website, is “food that’s fresh, not fried.”

The other attractive aspect, especially for students, is reasonably priced options.

No food item is over $7.75, compared to other nearby sandwiches that cost nearly $12.

A more mainstream route for healthier food options is Zoe’s Kitchen on 16th Street and Camelback Road.

Zoe’s Kitchen

If feta is your fetish, then this Greek/Mediterranean style restaurant is the place for you.The pricing is very similar to That’s A Wrap, but there a few items that are slightly more expensive due to various ingredients in the dish.

True Food

Although it may be on the higher end of the price range, True Food Kitchen is a great option for a healthy, hip date night.

True Food Kitchen provides simple, fresh food selections, using only organic ingredients and locally grown produce, some of which are grown right there in the restaurant.

The chefs at True Food Kitchen base their creations on a simple motto, “You’ll eat healthy and actually enjoy the food.”

Their menu is packed with a plethora of nutritious vegetables, whole grains and proteins, while never sacrificing on flavor.

Menu options at True Food will be familiar to newcomers.

Items such as tacos, pizza and burgers encourage customers to order old favorites with a healthy new twist.

According to the True Food Kitchen website, “True Food Kitchen is about flavor, freshness, variety, quality, nutrition and balance. It’s about enjoying healthy whole foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.”

The restaurant uses natural, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and meat products that are only wild or sustainably harvested.

“To us, sustainability means taking the time to locate the very best produce, meat and seafood partners in each of the communities we serve,” according to the True Food website.

“When we buy local we can offer a higher quality, fresher, better-tasting and more nutritious product.”

The menu also caters to those with special dietary needs, offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items.

Open daily, True Food Kitchen is located at the Biltmore Fashion Park on Camelback Road, approximately 10 minutes from Brophy.

Read more Summit-related articles in the 2011 Summit Special Section.

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