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
Tofu and mushroom pho from Flower Child.
Both the corn and quinoa and cauliflower were perfectly acceptable, if one-dimensional, dishes. There was none of the tang you'd expect from a dish that contains Greek yogurt, though the combination of sweet corn and cheese is admittedly hard to dislike. And as for the cauliflower, we actually appreciated the curry-like flavor though the dates and almonds were no where to be found.

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Lauren Saria
Flower Child's kombucha tap.
The chicken, at least, was tender, moist, and not entirely bland.

And being so intrigued by the Hot Pots portion of the menu, we couldn't help but order the Organic Tofu and Mushroom Pho ($12) as well. The dish is definitely not a hot pot or anything close to it, but does resemble something similar to pho -- except more bland. The half-full bowl arrived with a side of basil and bean sprouts, which did little to elevate the watery, but spicy broth. It's actually surprising that the dish manages to be so flavorless despite being full of mushrooms, onions, and tofu.

We washed it down with a glass -- er, mason jar -- of Flower Child's kombucha on tap, which is actually GT's Synergy Enlightened Kombucha. You've probably seen it at Sprout's or Whole Food stores around town. If you've never tried the stuff, know that it smells much worse that it tastes. It tastes like fruit juice mixed with vinegar.

Perhaps Flower Child will gain more depth as time goes by but either way, the restaurant seems to be an quick hit with diners. When we stopped in for the lunch there was barely a seat open in either the large dining room or wrap around patio.

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Flower Child

5013 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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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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