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Michael Stebner, True Food Kitchen

Looks like Michael Stebner is returning to San Diego with a chain based out of Phoenix called True Food Kitchen. Has anyone eaten at the Phoenix location?

Region R.I.P......sigh, I loved that place.

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  1. I hear that Nathan Coulon is also involved and that the chain (SD location opening on Monday in Fashion Valley) was developed by Andrew Weil.

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Love Dr. Weil and this will be like going to Canyon Ranch in Tucson..
          This is Beach Chica kind of food.
          Chef Michael Stebner is a great chef and wishing them all the best!

    1. Really looking forward to this, Region was ahead of its time for SD and I hope to finally have some decent food options in Fashion Valley when I am forced to go to that area.

      1. Soft opening was Wednesday. Solid place, good food and a large open space. Definite move up in the food department for Fashion Valley. For the people who want silence when eating, probably not for you. The wood reflects a lot of sound. I don't see it as a big deal but people who for example think wine vault is loud, which is ridiculous, this place is on par.

        1. Friends went. Said food was great but place had the air of a food factory. Granted, a factory of delcious food. I can most definitely say that almost NOTHING would get me to brave Fashion Valley area traffic to go to a restaurant there. But if it's that big and has to serve lots of folks at once, maybe FV is the location for them. Personally I want chefs behind my food, not Dr Weil, Dr Phil, or Dr Drew.

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          1. re: pickypicky

            The space they went into *is* pretty big. There are some tricks to getting in and out of FV without all the hassel. I ususally go in the back way off of Camino del Rio North and I usually park in the structure in pack of Macy's and then use the sky bridge into Macy's and cut through to the mall. Unfortunately, this isn't all that close to True Food and it's at the congested end of the mall.

            Nathan Coulon is going to be the exec. chef and if a Dr. has to be behind the food, I'd certainly want it to be Dr. Weil. His approach to food is pretty realistic, down-to-earth and sane.

            1. re: pickypicky

              Good god, what sort of food would Dr Phil be in charge of?

            2. The Phoenix locations reminds me of Cheesecake Factory after a spa makeover.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  hahahahaha. stebner, yes. Weil, Phoenix, no. (appetizing quotient)