Flower Child is a healthy concept restaurant chain that’s transitioned “hippie food” into the twenty-first century. Their overall theme is healthy food that takes you to a happy place, but you won’t find granola on their menus.
Unlike our hippie forefathers, Flower Child doesn’t serve a strictly vegetarian menu. In fact, the cuisine ranges from completely plant-based to grain-free, sugar-free paleo. Which means they have a good range of options for dairy-free diners.
Flower Child Spreads the Love for Good Quality Food
Flower Child restaurants make everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients that are as local as possible. That said, their menus don’t differ much from location to location. They also use the Dirty Dozen as their guide to choosing organic produce. I realize some of you feel that the EWG’s list is flawed, but I still think it’s commendable that a restaurant even takes organic concerns into consideration.
Their menus are clearly labeled for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items. But they do accommodate dairy-free needs and can answer questions about suitable choices beyond the vegan options. In fact, it looks like they are happy to swap a dressing or omit the cheese to make almost any menu item dairy-free.
The vegan options include a couple starters, several salads, customize-able plates with a big range of vegetables, pretty much all of their bowls, and a wrap or two.
For proteins, they serve organic non-GMO tofu, all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, and grass-fed beef. We are confirming if the protein options are all dairy-free.
Gluten-free diners can enjoy just as many options. They even offer a gluten-free pita in place of the tortilla for their wraps, and all of their desserts are gluten-free. Some of their desserts do contain dairy, but they often have a vegan option or two to choose from. And gluten-free diners should take note that Flower Child does not run strictly gluten-free kitchens.
Flower Child also pours a great selection of beverages. They have kombucha and cold brew coffee on tap at most locations, and serve seasonal lemonade. For 21 and over diners, they serve local beers and have a modest wine menu with organic options.
Where to Find Flower Child
I stumbled upon this restaurant from a new location announcement. They’re a small chain, but seem to be expanding quickly. At last check, I counted about 2 dozen locations in 10 U.S. states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland (and D.C.), Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. For addresses, hours, online ordering, and menus, see the website below.
Most of the Flower Child restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner. They also offer online ordering, have catering available, and usually offer some gift card deals.