5013 N 44th St., 85018
In today’s world, a wide variety of dietary choices and restrictions are a common part of many people’s lives. Food allergies are becoming more prevalent, which can be a pain if you’re someone who loves to eat. Those with aversions to certain types of food may have just accepted that they will always be somewhat left out when they go out to eat with friends.
That won’t be the case if you stop by Flower Child.
Part of the family of Fox Restaurant Concepts, Flower Child was founded with the primary goal of serving healthy food. The restaurant sources from ranchers who treat their animals humanely, looking for protein that is raised naturally and without additives. Local sourcing is a high priority and customers can always expect the food to be fresh.
Located at the busy intersection of 44th and Camelback, Flower Child has a spacious interior, with a bright and welcoming design. This can be a place for a low-key date night or a perfect way to spend a relaxed summer afternoon with a group of friends. Visitors wait in line and order at the front, with those who dine in taking a number to their table.
The menu features salads, wraps, bowls and a variety of soups and sides. Dishes can be served vegetarian, but there are options to add protein, including all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak and organic tofu. Each menu item indicates whether a dish can be served vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.
Those new to the healthy-first lunch layout may be tempted to get as much meat as possible into the dish. But those who take a chance on a protein-free meal won’t be disappointed. A standout salad is the Vegan Ingredient. Romaine lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and avocados are topped with lemon tahini vinaigrette. The salad includes thinly sliced, raw cauliflower, a unique way to serve the vegetable. Sunflower seeds are thrown on to add a crunchy texture.
Those who are a little bit hungrier should consider the bowls or wraps. One of the favorites is the Thai Cashew Quinoa bowl, a mesh of zucchini, onion, celery, snap peas and Thai basil. If you are a shiitake mushroom fan, you’re in luck, as the bowl is stuffed with them. The red quinoa is so filling that a protein added might almost be too much.
One fun aspect of the Flower Child menu is the Vegetables and Grains section. You can mix and match a variety of healthy sides to share with the table, including Hummus, Simple Sautéed Broccoli, Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Clementine & Organic Apple. If you’re a gluten-free foodie who misses the taste of pasta, try the Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese, which has a creamy taste without being too rich. Perhaps the star of the entire menu is the Red Chili Glazed Sweet Potatoes. Made with bok choy and topped with sesame seeds, the taste is spicy and sweet, a definite Asian theme. You may think you somehow were given hot chicken wings and it’s hard to just stick with one order.
Flower Child has local beer and wine, but also has Kombucha on tap, something which is pretty unique. There are also gluten-free desserts, like the Lemon Olive Oil Cake or the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Gluten-free desserts can sometimes be dense or dry. If someone hadn’t told you these desserts were gluten-free, you probably wouldn’t even think about it.