Paleo(ish) Foodie Adventures in Arizona!

 

Flower Child (Phoenix, AZ)

First on the list is Flower Child AZ. I regretfully visited towards the end of my trip and I say that because after I went there I knew I wouldn’t have went to any other restaurant the whole trip! I loved the vibe, it reminded me of LA (which is long overdue) and not surprising because they have a location there when I looked them up! Please come to SF! The menu is simple but delicious and accommodating to food substitutions/allergies/intolerances and the whole nine. People of all food preferences would definitely enjoy this place! 

 Salmon, Smashed Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach with Raspberry Rose Kombucha @FlowerChild   

Salmon, Smashed Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach with Raspberry Rose Kombucha @FlowerChild

 

Green New American (Phoenix, AZ)

Second on the list is Green New American which I ate on my second to last day on the trip. I was hesitant because Green New American is all vegetarian and to be honest, there has been rare occasions that I actually like places that are all vegetarian menu. I feel I never get the best quality and flavor. We were close by and I was starving so I pulled over to try this place. I had the Karma Curry bowl with veggies and a side of thyme fries. It was incredibly hard for me to decide on what to get because I can’t stand “faux meat”. Heads up this place uses lots of tempeh and tofu both marinated in so many spices that I couldn’t get a clear answer from the woman taking my order. She was so kind and patient with me but I really dislike when restaurant workers aren’t aware of food ingredients. So I settled with a safe bowl that was HUGE, it could have been shared with 3 people!!! Sadly, it didn’t satisfy my taste buds and I left hungry but that’s me so check out the menu, the food smelled delicious and my sister did like their food and she has zero food intolerances. 

 Karma Curry bowl at Green New American   

Karma Curry bowl at Green New American

 

Nami (Phoenix, AZ)

Nami is located right next door to Green New American, I think they may share the same owner but I’m not sure, I just assume since Green New American’s website also has Nami’s menu. Nami is a very cute and artistic café serving vegan and some gluten free treats, drinks, and of course their famous soft serve. The woman behind the counter told me the soft serve was a mix between coconut and soy ice cream. I don’t ever eat soy ice cream, but c’mon I was on vacation and desperately wanted ice cream in AZ weather (which was not bad at all, a good 80-90 degrees). Anyway I got a Strawberry Cheesecake tSoynami soft serve! It was way too sugary for me but my sister enjoyed it so it’s always a win if you travel with someone who will eat and take your leftovers!!! It’s definitely worth it to check out. They also had donuts, muffins, cookies, and even cookie dough to buy. 

 Strawberry Cheesecake soynami   

Strawberry Cheesecake soynami

 

Nourish (Gilbert, AZ)  

I found Nourish when I was in AZ and yelped “paleo” restaurants. I decided to meet my friend Amanda there so we could check it out. Nourish is a very small café that caters to people with autoimmune and food allergies/intolerances/sensitivities. Their menu is easy to read with all ingredients listed as well as a key indicated paleo friendly, gluten free, etc. But I believe their whole menu is gluten, dairy, soy and peanut free. I ordered the grass fed burger bowl (typical af) but I should’ve ordered something else. Don’t get me wrong, it was decent but worthy to discuss? No L The burger was a little dry but I loved the products they sold. I bought Turmeric Bone Broth and they carry some other cool brands! So definitely check them out!

ChocolaTree (Sedona, AZ)

If Berkeley and Sedona had a baby, it would be ChocolaTree as the product. This place is an absolutely delightful and beautiful oasis. From walking in to seeing the AMAZING and equally delicious chocolate and desert case to the restrooms filled with gorgeous art that is truly transformational and one of a kind. This restaurant is screaming good vibes. The menu is 100% organic and gluten and GMO free. They have delicious tonics and drinks. But the CACAO is on a whole other level here!! I grabbed about 7 chocolates including a donut and a cookie dough cup (I should’ve bought 10 to freeze and take home, they were THAT good). So cacao lovers, rejoice and celebrate at ChocolaTree.

 

The Original Chopshop (Multiple locations, AZ)

This restaurant is really good! I think anyone would love and can find something of their liking on the menu. I got the Green Curry Grilled Shrimp bowl and it was delicious!!! They have a good variety of offerings on their menu which includes protein bowls, salads, sandwiches, superfood bowls and parfaits and treats. They offer and cater to both vegan and gluten free individuals as well which is awesome. A great place to eat, hang out and enjoy!