Arizona, the southwestern desert state and home to the Grand Canyon.
The largest city in the state, Phoenix, is a growing capital boasting its own baseball team, great outdoor activities and yes, a growing foodie population.
I was stoked to see the great variety of healthy, vegan and gluten free places to dine in and around Phoenix and I know you will be too!!
My biggest excitement comes from Green Vegetarian.
With two locations across Phoenix, and hopefully more soon, Green is a fully vegan, healthy comfort food joint with a unique menu unlike any other veggie “fast food” joint I’ve seen. Try these dishes on for size: crab puffs, artichoke gratine, jerk tofu salad…Yum! Fantastic appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and bowls, you can go super tasty and healthy to still super healthy and naughty! I’m looking forward to hearing about Green’s growth in and around the Phoenix area and beyond!
Directly next door to Green, you’ll find Nami, a fully vegan dessert and ice cream shop!
Owned by and operated by chef Damon of Green, Nami, or Tsoynami, rules! Get an insanely delicious blizzard on a hot day or devour a gluten free cupcake with a latte on a cool night. Plenty of seating and so many fabulous options, be sure to save room after Green to go nuts at Nami!
You may have heard me rave about True Food Kitchen in LA but just in case you missed it, you can dine at this chic organic eatery in Phoenix!
Located in the Biltmore Fashion Park as well as in Scottsdale, True Food is the brainchild of Dr. Andrew Weil. A menu that’s completely organic and focused on health—there’s something for every kind of health nut, even non-health nuts! I live for their Tuscan Kale Salad but this time opted for the kale pizza on gluten free crust. De.Lish! I also treated myself to a divine juice and of course, a vegan chocolate mousse. With indoor and outdoor dining a terrific meal with zero guilt at True Food!
If you’re in search for some pure, clean and peaceful vegan eats, Chakra 4 Herb & Tea House and vegetarian restaurant is the place for you.
An incredible herb and tea house with a wonderful raw, vegan and super healthy menu, no dish is a bad choice. I love the healthy versions of traditional vegan dishes such as the noritos (seaweed nachos), raw zucchini linguini with walnut meat balls and “maca”roons. Come for lunch, stay for serenity and tea!
For a fun bar and some live music to go with your food, check out Carly’s Bistro.
A full bar and bistro in downtown, Carly’s doesn’t forget about their leaf eatin’ patrons. Goodies like bruschetta or their vegan wrap are tasty and go well with wine and tunes any night of the week. Always fun, full of flavor and plenty to drink and hear!
There’s still so much more to Phoenix so join me next week for another batch of healthy, vegan and gluten free eats in Sun City!
Editor: Lynn Hasselberger