10 Best Restaurants with Healthy Menus in Phoenix

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By Patricia Escarcega, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson Local Expert

The Phoenix food scene has never been more diverse and exciting, especially when it comes to eating healthy. A spate of new eateries have brought fresh eating to all corners of the city.

One of the newest restaurants in Phoenix with a healthy menu is Flower Child, another restaurant from the mega-successful Fox Restaurant Concepts group. Flower Child has an eclectic menu full of organic salads, whole grain wraps, bowls and hot pots, and vegetable plates. Try the watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, a sweetly refreshing mix of romaine, mint, basil, goji berry, pistachios, goat cheese and a house-made apple cider vinaigrette.

If you're looking for a place to enjoy a healthy yet delicious breakfast, head to the Pomegranate Cafe. This cozy breakfast, brunch and lunch spot dishes out unique and tasty offerings like their popular breakfast burrito, which is stuffed with your choice of egg or tofu, a harvest hash, seasonal veggies, anasazi beans, your choice of vegan or cheddar cheese, and then is wrapped in a large spinach tortilla. 

For a healthy menu based on the principles of the anti-inflammatory diet, head to True Food Kitchen. The restaurant is the brainchild of Dr. Andrew Weil, renown health and wellness guru. 

 

10. Desert Roots Kitchen
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Desert Roots Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian cafe tucked away in a colorful alley in downtown Tempe. Chef and owner Leslie Robin dishes out hearty and delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine featuring fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. The menu changes frequently but often features pasta salads, rice and bean dishes, vegetarian tamales, vegetarian chili, soups, mixed greens, hummus, and an array of vegetarian deli items. Deli meals are prepared and ready for voracious diners. Only covered outdoor seating available, but there's plenty of shade to be had for an enjoyable, healthy and delicious lunch. The cafe is also known for its delicious homemade desserts. Only open for breakfast and lunch, but it's worth making a pit stop if you're in Tempe.

9. The Loving Hut
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This all-vegan restaurant features a diverse menu of American comfort food and ethnic specialty dishes. Fresh ingredients and ingenious preparation ensures that even the most ardent meat-lover won't miss a thing. Appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, desserts, and variety of specialty beverages can make it hard to pick from the extensive menu. Try the Hawaiian Burger, made with the house soy patty, pineapple, onion, mushroom, vegan butter, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato, and veganaise, served with a side of crispy French fries. The Sweet & Sour Divine entree, made with soy protein, bell peppers, pineapple, carrot, onion, and sesame seeds sauteed with the house sweet & sour sauce, is also a winner.

8. Green New American Vegetarian
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Vegetarian comfort food? That might sound like an oxymoron to some people, but the loyal following of foodies who lunch at Green understand exactly what that means. Po-boys, sammies, and burgers are thick and juicy and loaded with toppings--and all made with 100% vegan cheeses and mock meats. Specialty salads include Jerk Tofu Salad, Ranchero Salad (featuring vegan bbq wings), and a tasty Balsamic Picnic Salad. Appetizers, Asian-inspired bowls, and flatbread pizza are also on the menu. Try one of Green's homemade lemonades or limeades with your lunch or dinner. Even diehard carnivores will love the huge selection of comfort food favorites.

7. Flower Child
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Flower Child is the latest chic restaurant from Fox Restaurant Concepts. The operating philosophy is fresh, healthy fare, with a decidedly vegetarian bent. But even die-hard carnivores should find something to satisfy their hunger here. The eclectic menu has a wide selection of fresh salads, whole grain wraps, sandwiches, vegetable plates, soups and bowls. The ambiance is hip, fun with a good dose of chic. Start with the Asian Avocado salad, the corn quinoa, or the avocado hummus. All are excellent. For an entree, try the pho, which is fragrant with fresh ginger, basil, and cloves. There is also a large selection of baked goods, with many gluten-free options.

6. True Food Kitchen
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"You don't have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen," is the house motto at True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale. Even if you don't consider yourself a health nut or foodie connoisseur, chances are you'll find something to love on the eclectic (and healthy) menu. True Food Kitchen has built a menu based on the principles of anti-inflammatory eating, where food is used to repair the damage caused by the daily stress of living. That doesn't mean the food is not delicious. Take a bite out of the Turkey Lasagna, which is stuffed with fresh spinach, creamy ricotta cheese, and organic tomato. The eclectic menu also includes gluten-free pizzas, salads, sandwiches, seafood dishes and more. There's also a long list of nutrient-rich smoothies and fine wines.

5. Luci's Healthy Marketplace
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Luci's Healthy Marketplace is a cafe, coffee bar and marketplace specializing in quality organic and natural products. You'll find an excellent selection of meats, seafood, dairy, cheeses, snacks, entrees, wine and beer and more. There are freshly-cooked meals available on the go, too. On the cafe side of things, you'll find delicious breakfast items served all day. There is also a gourmet coffee bar serving local roasted organic coffee, iced coffee drinks, fresh smoothies, frozen drinks, cold blended specialty drinks as well as various herbal teas and other interesting drinks. There is also a selection of fresh made muffins, bagels and tasty desserts, including great gluten-free options.

4. La Grande Orange Pizzeria
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La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria is one of Phoenix's most popular grocery, cafe, breakfast bar and pizzeria. The pizzas here are sumptuous and unique, hand-crafted with the freshest ingredients available. Try "The Fallen Angel," made with schreiner's sausage, shaved fennel, roasted peppers, premium cheese and red sauce. Craving a spicy pie? Try "The Rocket Man," featuring spicy red fresno chiles, broccolini, roasted peppers, roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. You can even create your own specialty pizza from the wide selection of fresh veggies, meats and cheeses. "LGO," as it is known to locals, is quite popular, so be prepared for a short wait.

3. Pita Jungle
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This local chain is a favorite with local foodies and health enthusiasts. The large, eclectic menu features wraps, salads, burgers, wood fired pizzas, and several delectable sides. Try the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus for starters, or dive right into the wraps menu, which features hot and cold selections, including Mediterranean Roasted Chicken, Broiled Chicken Pita, Gyros, Falafels, and even a Philly Steak Pita. Seasonal specials include the Wood-Fired Fresh Salmon, Wood-Fired Chicken, Mahi Mahi with Pita Chips, Chicken Del Sol, and Chicken Tikka Masala. There are also several good pizzas, sandwiches and burgers on the eclectic menu of vegetarian entrees.

2. Seasons 52 - Phoenix

Season 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar with a seasonally-inspired menu. The ambiance is casual but sophisticated, perfect for a business lunch or special night out. Service is approachable yet knowledgeable, so feel free to ask the waitstaff about the new menu items. The restaurant is very hospitable to dietary restrictions. There is a separate lactose-free and gluten-free menu, for example, so this is a good spot to accommodate larger groups. If you're in the mood for a gourmet burger, try the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Burger with blue cheese and a special truffle sauce. For dessert, don't miss the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Canoli, truly delightful.

1. Pomegranate Cafe
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Delicious meets nutritious at this Chandler-area gem. Healthy, wholesome, yet still delectable, brunch and lunch selections are artfully created and served using only the highest quality ingredients. Try the Breakfast Burrito, made with your choice egg or tofu, seasonal veggies, harvest hash, anasazi beans, vegan or cheddar cheese and then wrapped in a spinach tortilla and served with the house salsa. French toast is an art here, and the a selection of fresh baked goods is available for you to take home. If greasy breakfasts are not your thing, head to the Pomegranate Cafe, where flavor and quality combine for a perfect first meal.