Sam Fox's Flower Child: A Beautiful Place for Healthy, Expensive Food That Doesn't Taste Very Good

Categories: First Taste

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Lauren Saria
Flower Child falls short in flavor.
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

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Lauren Saria
Flower Child
Restaurant: Flower Child
Location: 5013 North 44th Street
Open: About a week
Eats: Health-focused fare
Price: $15+ per person

The northeast corner of 44th Street and Camelback welcomed Sam Fox's 15th restaurant concept to the neighborhood this week. That concept is Flower Child, a restaurant that stresses things like locally sourced ingredients and all-natural meats.

The restaurant itself is everything that you might expect from one of Fox's restaurants -- a beautiful space filled with beautiful people serving beautiful-looking food. The service is attentive and friendly. So if that's all you need from a fast-casual lunch spot, then you won't be disappointed.

See also: Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

Unfortunately if you're after a place that delivers on things like taste and affordability, you'll have to keep looking.

The menu at this counter service spot offers a small selection of starters, soups, salads, vegetable and grain plates, wraps, and hot pots. There are also two daily soups, one vegetable-based and one protein-based; seasonal lemonades; and a kids menu. There's alcohol to be had, though it's all organic -- because this is a healthy place, after all.

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Lauren Saria
Flower Child's avocado hummus starter.
We started with an order of the avocado hummus (read: guacamole), which featured corn, pepitas, and radish. It was actually one of the better things we tried at Flower Child despite the fact that it tasted like store-bought guacamole with a few extra bits thrown in for texture. The accompanying "pita" was the same stuff they were using in the wraps, a thin, doughy cross between a tortilla and actual pita bread. It did its job as a vehicle for the hummus perfectly fine, although its floppiness required you spread it with a knife rather than dip as you would with traditional hummus.

As for the vegetable and grain plates, they let you create-your-own combination of sides including red chili glazed sweet potato, broccoli and Parmesan, fresh seasonal fruit, and snap pea soba noodles. One selection will cost you $4, two $7, or $10 and that's without any sort of meat.

We tried a plate with sweet corn and quinoa with Greek yogurt and Indian spiced cauliflower with tumeric, date, and almond. We also added a portion of all natural chicken for $5, bringing the total price for the meal to $12 -- a pretty steep price tag considering the portion size.

Location Info

Flower Child

5013 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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12 comments
caitlinh
caitlinh

Three of us went for lunch. I will admit that I have plenty of friends in the company, and have even worked for Fox before, but I have to disagree with a majority of the article. We each got something different. I had the chicken with the quinoa tabbouleh and the kale slaw, my sister got the veggie wrap and my roommate got the flying avocado wrap. We all shared, and I can honestly say that I thought that everything was great as did my dining companions. My chicken was moist and flavorful. The tabbouleh was an awesome (and very filling) side, and I loved the different herbs (tasted the mint for sure).The wraps were a wonderful alternative to the typically cheese smothered carb overload sandwiches you find on other menus (specifically the flying avocado), and speaking from experience, buying things like low-fat wraps before, the wraps they offer at Flower Child are the best I have had. All of the lemonades are AMAZING, and I believe the Kombucha is actually homemade and not a brand name as mentioned in the article. We also tried the lemon olive oil cake which was a perfect portion size and extremely moist. The crostada had a great flaky crust with fruit filling, and the homemade raw granolabars are something I would like to keep at home for mid-day sweet tooth cravings. The portions aren't huge... which is actually something that I appreciate, but I'm pretty sure that is the point. If you want a huge entree that is covered in processed cheese and loaded with fat that you can dip in ranch dressing there are Cheesecake factories on every corner. I think the point of Flower Child is to go have a healthy lunch that fills you up but that also leaves you feeling good about yourself. You can get a burger at McDonald's and ya it will save you some money, but I'd rather spend 15 dollars on a plate of healthy delicious food and not hate myself a few hours later. 

Dewey J Bub
Dewey J Bub

"Unfortunately if you're after a place that delivers on things like taste and affordability, you'll have to keep looking."

Jason N. Minos
Jason N. Minos

All their food sucks at all their establishments. It's all a joke! Typical AZ hyped food. For people from the mid-west who have not taste buds or understand quality well made, seasoned food.

rebecca06
rebecca06

New Times does it again. These reviews really make my mornings!


Maybe not for the same reason as other people - - I usually trust these recommendations about as long as I have my laptop open. They're notorious for hating things that everyone else loves - so that's why I enjoy Chow Bella - - find something they really hate and go directly there to check it out for myself. 


This time, however, I read this review after eating a late lunch yesterday at the new Fox Group Flower Child. They're right - - it's beautiful inside and airy and light. The staff is friendly and perky and young (maybe too young!). The food is quick and healthy and light and I'm looking forward to having this spot open and available because its right on my way home. 


I will say that they're going to be in trouble for parking - I almost left yesterday because the Wells Fargo bank was as close as I could get - and they YELLED AT ME because I wasn't a banking customer. I found a spot a minute later in the AJs lot (and no one yelled) and everything was fine again. 


They informed me at The Flower Childs they'd eventually have a few spots just for to-go pickup. Smart.


Anyway - Thank you again NewTimes for "protesting too much" - I'm always excited to try something you guys don't like ;)


Chad Hays
Chad Hays

I've had several of the items she mentioned and quite liked them, including the avacado hummus, sweet potatoes, corn and quinoa, and the mac and cheese. Just one beer on tap, but it's a solid IPA. Can't speak for the pho. Several other friends have been there with nothing but praise, too. I recommend it based on the items I've had and look forward to going back.

YuckDynasty
YuckDynasty

So, the emperor has no clothes. Still, so many worship Fox restaurants. It's like mass, cult Epicurean brain-washing. Drink Sam's conceptual Kool-Aid. It will quench your thirst and numb your foodie brain forever.

Jerry M. Abowd
Jerry M. Abowd

Sooooo basically just another boring Sam Fox restaurant.. Over priced, under portioned, and underwhelming flavor.. Shocking.... But hey, at least it "looks" cool. About all his places have going for them

Deanna Elliott
Deanna Elliott

I think their food is very good. I appreciate the fresh ingredients, and the effort to keep it healthy. I have had several items on the menu. The avocado hummus is tasty, the sweet potatoes with bok choy had incredible flavor, and the sesame beef bowl with brown rice had nice flavor, and plenty of beef (so much so, that i shared it). The kale salad is made healthy by using greek yogurt instead of the mayo version. The only thing I think they need to improve is the presentation. I like it, and I frequent it.

Jason N. Minos
Jason N. Minos

Hahaha. Fucking sam fox crap! None of it is good. Typical AZ garbage

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