Tryst Cafe blends flexibility and taste to fit dietary restrictions

Tryst Cafe is an eatery designed to accommodate those with dietary restrictions while maintaining taste and experience. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tryst Cafe is an eatery designed to accommodate those with dietary restrictions while maintaining taste and experience. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tryst Cafe is an eatery designed to accommodate those with dietary restrictions while maintaining taste and experience. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tryst Cafe is an eatery designed to accommodate those with dietary restrictions, but owner Lisa Khnanisho said for her and her team it is about more than just making gluten-free or vegan additions to the menu—it is about making everything taste great and being able to make slight modifications that allow people with restrictions to eat it.

“We like to add a surprise or a twist to every dish to make it a little different,” Khnanisho said. “More than 90% of our menu can be made gluten-free. We like to have a wide variety of options for our guests who are vegan or gluten-free, so they don’t just have a couple options—mostly salads—to choose from on the menu.”

Khnanisho and her husband, Sami, started the first Tryst Cafe in Phoenix nearly 11 years ago. They decided to expand the restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, into Chandler a little over a year ago.

“Chandler is all about community,” Khnanisho said. “When we were looking at the area we saw the Sprouts nearby, and the plans for a gym, and we thought that this was the right spot. It was the right decision. It’s been such a welcoming community.”

Khnanisho said the restaurant laid its foundation on a mindset of clean eating.


“It was a new concept 10 years ago,” she said. “We are committed to our concept. We want everything to taste good and be made with organic, natural ingredients.”

When creating a menu that was amenable to dietary restrictions, it was important to create each part of a dish in a way that if one removed part of it, it still stood on its own.

“Each part of the dish needs to taste good,” she said. “We don’t ever want a dish to be left plain or without taste because of a dietary restriction.”
By


MOST RECENT

Dr. Molly Lopez is the director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health and also serves as a research associate professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. (Designed by Stephanie Torres/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Mental health expert talks emotional well-being, building resiliency for the 2020-21 school year

According to Dr. Molly Lopez, director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, the upcoming school year will serve as an opportunity for students, families, teachers and school administrators to learn skills in coping, re-evaulate mental health protocols and build resiliency in challenging times.

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is highlighting four grant opportunities available to small businesses, some of which open the application process Monday, Aug. 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)
4 grant funding opportunities for Chandler small businesses

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is highlighting four grant opportunities available to small businesses, some of which open their application processes Aug. 17.

The city of Chandler headquarters is located in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Council grants Chandler USD $250,000 for purchase of mobile hot spots

Chandler City Council granted Chandler USD $250,000 for the purchase of 1,000 mobile hot spots Aug. 13 to improve access to online education for students in need.

According to the report, 380,174 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in children nationwide as of Aug. 6, which accounts for approximately 9.1% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
REPORT: COVID-19 cases in children increase by 90% nationwide in 1 month

As school district officials across the U.S. prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year, 179,990 new COVID-19 cases were reported in children nationwide between July 9 and Aug. 6—an increase of 90%, according to a report compiled by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Desert Smash AZ to close its doors Aug. 16

The business announced it will close Aug. 16

The property owner of Civic Market and neighboring QuartHaus told Community Impact Aug. 11 he intends to fully reopen the Civic Market concept after the former operators chose to move on. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Civic Market LLC owners in downtown Chandler leave building, property owner plans to reopen concept in the building

The property owner of Civic Market and neighboring QuartHaus told Community Impact Aug. 11 he intends to fully reopen the Civic Market concept after the former operators chose to move on.

See results from the Chandler City Council election. (Community Impact staff)
Final results: Three poised to take seats on Chandler City Council in January

Here are the election results for the Aug. 4 Chandler City Council race.

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels resigned at the Aug. 11 town council meeting. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels resigns and more Chandler, Gilbert news

Read the latest news from Gilbert and Chandler.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released benchmarks on COVID-19 metrics that local schools can use to judge when to reopen schools either fully in-person or in a hybrid model. (Community Impact staff)
Data: See where Maricopa County stands in the metrics for reopening schools

Here is where Maricopa County stands in the metrics for reopening Arizona schools.

Tacos Tijuana Taqueria
Tacos Tijuana Taqueria coming to Gilbert in late August

The restaurant serves street tacos on homemade tortillas.