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Michael Stebner, True Food Kitchen

Dagney Jun 29, 2012 10:46 AM

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.

  1. ipsedixit Jul 3, 2012 09:07 PM

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

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      foodiechick Jul 3, 2012 09:46 PM


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        pickypicky Jul 4, 2012 09:30 AM

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

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        pickypicky Jul 3, 2012 07:13 AM

        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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          DiningDiva Jul 3, 2012 07:24 AM

          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.

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            Tripeler Jul 3, 2012 05:37 PM

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

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              Dagney Jul 4, 2012 08:56 AM

              Cheeto pie.

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            mjill Jun 29, 2012 03:52 PM

            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.

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              MrKrispy Jun 29, 2012 11:17 AM

              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. foodiechick Jun 29, 2012 11:09 AM

                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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                  Beach Chick Jul 2, 2012 10:08 PM

                  Dr.Andrew Weil?

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                    DiningDiva Jul 2, 2012 10:18 PM

                    Yes, *that* Dr. Andrew Weil

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                      Beach Chick Jul 3, 2012 06:39 AM

                      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!

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