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With more tech companies, more people, and most definitely more trendy restaurants, Phoenix is really having a moment. Luckily for us, trendy often means healthy, too! From farm-to-table and all the vegan treats, you don’t have to go far to find something wholesome.
So, check out these mouth-watering yet health-conscious eats in the Valley of the Sun.
Flower Child is yet another amazing Fox Restaurant. If you don’t know Sam Fox, get to know him because he opens extremely successful (and delicious) restaurants in Phoenix! And Flower Child is as healthy as it sounds. Whether you want a salad, bowl, or a build-your-own plate, all ingredients are organic and raised naturally without additives. Add an order of the amazing kombucha or an olive oil muffin to round out your meal. With three locations around the city—Arcadia, Uptown, and Scottsdale—it's easy to get your fix.
True Food Kitchen is a go-to for Phoenix-based health nuts. The concept was created by none other than Dr. Andrew Weil, a renowned physician. Without getting too scientific on you, Dr. Weil bases True Food’s cuisine on the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. This oh-so-trendy diet is designed to prevent chronic inflammation, the cause of a variety of different diseases including Alzheimer’s and cancers. Say goodbye to inflammation and hello to spaghetti squash, an extremely popular kale salad, and pizza. Yes, you read that correctly — pizza! Visit the Biltmore or Scottsdale Quarter for a taste of true food!
Although The Herb Box serves DC Ranch and Old Town Scottsdale, you might experience it at various places across the city because this is a VERY popular catering company, too! And we heard The Herb Box caters the LA Dodgers spring training, so you know it's legit. Dining at the restaurant? Three words: Korean Fried Cauliflower. You'll want to get it. In addition to its catering services and restaurants, The Herb Box also has the cutest little market with fresh food and pre-prepped pastries.
Original ChopShop calls itself “Just Feel Good Food” and boy, they are accurate. How can you not feel good after eating a wholesome bowl of goodness while sipping some green juice on the side? Seriously, check this place out if you haven’t already. Grabbing a healthy lunch or dinner has never been easier — they have eight locations in Arizona (including one at Sky Harbor). Choose from breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, or signature protein bowl, plus something from the can't-skip in-house juice bar!
Did somebody say “MMMediterrean food?!” You can simply order from the sides menu of Pita Jungle and be completely satisfied. Some might venture so far as to say their hummus and chicken is life-changing. Not in the mood for amazing chickpea-based spreads or tzatziki? Fear not. Choose from salads, pitas, falafel, or even wood-fired pizzas. Get to one of the 19 spots valley-wide to satisfy your Pita Jungle fever!
Seeking an acai bowl, smoothie, juice, or—dare we say—cleanse? Look no further: Nékter Juice Bar has you covered with 21 locations around the city. Their Instagram-worthy bowls are all incredible, but the real crowd-pleaser is the PB Bowl. Download the Nékter app today to order some liquid goodness online and participate in their rewards program. Bonus: 10 visits earns you one free menu item... of any size!
If you’ve been around for awhile, you might be familiar with longtime restaurant Wally’s. Well, Wally’s son is Christopher Collins, a fourth-generation restaurateur and the owner of Grassroots. It’s a bit fancier than the rest of the restaurants on this list, but let’s be real — you deserve to treat yourself! And you can try this American-with-a-Southern-twist cuisine at their Scottsdale locale. Think: Southern shrimp grits and shrimp po-boys. You can also enjoy different fresh salads, sandwiches, seafood, and meat entrees. Did we mention Chef Collins also owns Sweet Provisions, a creamery and bakery? Well, he does, so don’t be afraid to order dessert!
Say hello to Cafe Lalibela, winner of the Arizona Republic’s “Best Vegetarian” award. This authentic Ethiopian restaurant is great for vegans, vegetarians, and, yes, even gluten-free folks! Carnivore? They do have meat dishes as well, although meat eaters visiting the establishment tend to be just as happy ordering a plant-based dish. If you’re in the market for a deal, the weekday lunch special is on-point. Oh, and have you ever had Ethiopian wine? Head down to Tempe to try it!
If you haven’t been to the historic Coronado District in Phoenix, we highly recommend it. Very hipster, very cute colonial-looking houses — you get the idea. But the sights aren't the only gems you'll find in the neighborhood. Enter: The Coronado. The all-day coffee shop and eatery serves comfort food for vegans and vegetarians. Biscuits and mushroom gravy? Say no more. Although, we should also mention the unforgettable beet and quinoa burger... really, you can't place a wrong order. What’s even better? The Coronado has a full-service bar, too! Plan your next happy hour accordingly.
Freshbox is forken delicious! No really, that’s its slogan. For those of us in central Phoenix, it’s so worth the drive to NoSco (North Scottsdale, noobs) for Freshbox’s signature superfood salads. Why? Because these salads aren’t your average lettuce bowls — they fill you up so you don’t end up eating another lunch a few hours later. Not feeling a salad? You can build your own box or order your greens in a wrap for more carbs. Either way, you won't find any crummy ingredients here. Oh, and they also have amazing smoothies for only $6, which is a deal we can get down with.
For those of you who are all too familiar with Mill Ave.’s party scene, you should take a 180-degree turn and check out Desert Roots Kitchen. For those of you that don’t know the significance of Mill Ave, it’s the main stretch full of bars (and restaurants and businesses… but mostly bars) in Downtown Tempe. Now, back to Desert Roots. This place is a godsend for vegetarians, vegans, and health-nuts who work, live, or play near Mill. You know fast food joints and burger places aren’t going to cut it! The menu changes every day, but it usually includes wraps with chickpeas, beans, or lentils, plus salads.
Whoever said all drive-throughs are unhealthy hasn’t gone to D’Lite! This fast-casual restaurant and drive-through line believes that you don’t have to sacrifice health for convenience, offering coffee, breakfast items, protein shakes, salads, wraps, sandwiches, veggie burgers, and even kombucha. Their most popular item on d’menu? The Breakfast Buzz, which includes vitamins, whey protein, espresso shots, nonfat milk, banana, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, and ice (vegan option available). With four locations in the Valley and more opening soon, D’Lite is providing Phoenicians with a healthy alternative to fast food.
“Girls, what y’all tryna do? 24 Carrots! magic in the air!” Sorry, had to do that. (If you’re lost, it’s a Bruno Mars joke). Tempe-based 24 Carrots! believes you should “Drink Pure, Eat Pure, and Live Pure.” What does this mean? The food and juice doesn’t include anything that wasn’t made from Mother Earth. No animal products either. Also, they get their goods from local farmers and only use sustainable, compostable, and recyclable products. Heads up: they’re closed Monday!
This is a true winner for athletes, fitness fanatics, and vegans! Vegans can choose from a variety of plant-based options, including protein pancakes, salads, veggie burgers, and bowls. The rest of the menu has some seriously nutritious and delicious ingredients. How often can you get a healthy bison or salmon burger at a fast food restaurant? (We think you know the answer.) Not feeling a burger? Get a protein shake, wellness shot, or even a healthy sweet treat — for example, the peanut butter protein bites. They have two locations in the Valley: Arcadia and North Scottsdale!