Flower Child, a popular health food restaurant with several locations throughout the Southwest and California, is now open in the building formerly occupied by Phat Burrito in South End.
The menu at this fast-casual chain features bowls, salads and wraps made with responsibly sourced health foods like sustainable salmon, grass-fed beef and organic non-GMO tofu.
Flower Child offers a ton of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options. It’s healthy but delicious.
“The great thing about Flower Child is that it is a multifaceted concept that captures guest’s attention from the West Coast to the East Coast,” said Anita Walker, VP of Marketing for Fox Restaurant Concepts. “At Flower Child, we have actually heard guests walking out after a meal saying, ‘that tasted too good to be healthy.’ Our talented culinary team has mastered creating healthy, soul-fulfilling food that our guests can feel good about enjoying.”
Flower Child’s exact address is 1537 Camden Road and hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
OK, here are 7 quick things to know about Flower Child.
(1) Flower Child’s is healthy — it’s not the place you go for Southern Comfort food.
Flower Child is also a safe place for the gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan eaters out there.
In addition to the many vegetarian options on the menu, Flower Child also has as a number of gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan selections that make it a haven for a lot of people.
If you’re gluten-free or vegan, try the “Vietnamese Crunch” salad from the wide lineup of salads on the Flower Child menu. This salad mixes savoy cabbage and romaine with quinoa, tomato, peppadew, avocado, pineapple, cashews, Thai basil, cilantro and mint. A spicy lemongrass vinaigrette completes the healthy and, more importantly, gluten-free and vegan masterpiece.
(2) Flower Child’s upbeat, chic vibe will be right at home in South End — and their patio will be a huge hit.
Inside you’ll find bright colorful decor throughout. The patio is packed with yellow umbrellas and sits along the rail trail.
It’s a well designed restaurant.
(3) You can customize your plate – pick a protein along with two sides.
Protein options: Chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp and tofu.
Side options: Asparagus and ancient grains, heirloom tomato and watermelon, sugar snaps and spicy Japanese eggplant, roasted broccoli, Indian spiced cauliflower, gluten-free mac and cheese, red chile glazed sweet potato, smashed organic gold potato, raw tahini hummus, sweet corn and quinoa and fruit (pineapple, clementine, organic apple and strawberry).
(4) I forbid you to skip their “Forbidden Rice.”
Flower Child offers five bowls, including a “Forbidden Rice” bowl ($10.75) that is a must-try.
It mixes black pearl rice with a variety of vegetables, including snap peas, bok choy, broccoli, onion and carrot. Toasted sesame and red chili hoisin sauce complete the dish, which can be paired with shaved beef or chicken, grilled tofu, steak or salmon for an extra charge ranging from $4-$7 on top of the $10.75 base bowl cost.
Another favorite bowl is their “Glow Bowl” with spicy sweet potato noodles, vegetables, jalapeño coconut milk, and sunflower butter. All of the bowls are vegetarian but have an option to add protein for an additional charge.
(5) Like to eat your vegetables with carbs? Flower Child has tasty toast options for you.
Flower Child’s menu includes a “Tomato Toast” ($8) that is ideal for those who like to have their vegetables with a hearty piece of bread.
This healthy toast comes with sliced tomatoes on top of goat cheese and a crunchy slice of seeded bread. An ample dusting of pistachio pesto and sea salt covers the tomatoes, adding delightful flavor that enriches the taste of the ripe tomatoes.
Another favorite at Flower Child is their “Crushed Avocado Toast” ($8). This go-to features a piece of crispy seeded bread, a thick layer of smashed avocado, a soft egg, black sesame seeds and tasty white cheddar cheese. The combination of the crunchy egg with the avocado, egg and cheese is divine.
(6) Cutting out the meat? Flower Child has a ton of vegetarian options like their popular Thai Dye wrap.
In addition to the bowls, which start out vegetarian and can be customized to have meat, there is a huge range of vegetarian options at Flower Child.
The menu clearly calls out vegetarian options – as well as vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free options – and there is no shortage of any of these.
Try the “Thai Dye” wrap. It combines spicy tofu, Thai basil, carrot, avocado, daikon radish, snap peas and cilantro in a whole wheat, flax and chia seed wrap. This savory combination is both healthy and filling. If you’re gluten-free, Flower Child also has a gluten-free pita wrap for an extra $2.
(7) You can get your protein fix without overloading on the calories.
Looking for a hearty protein-filled meal without the heavy fatty meats?
Pick a bowl – like the “Mother Earth” bowl – and add the salmon (total of $17.45). The fish is tender and expertly cooked, and you’ll fill up without the extra calories. The “Mother Earth” bowl also includes a hearty mix of ancient grains, portobello mushroom, sweet potato, cucumber, avocado, onion, pistachio pesto, red pepper miso vinaigrette and more.