Flower Child In Boulder Serves Up Healthy, Flavorful Food

For a town like Boulder, it often surprises me there aren’t more health-conscious eateries. I’m glad to share that Flower Child just opened their first Colorado outpost in Boulder at 2580 Arapahoe Avenue.

{Photo by Eat Flower Child}

The healthy, fast-casual restaurant serves made-to-order food that’s nutritious and accommodating with options for vegans, gluten-free, and vegetarian (well marked on the menu). I was surprised to learn across all their locations, each one sources locally which is no small feat.

The menu has salads, hummus and soup specials, plates, bowls, whole grain wraps, and even a kids menu. They do have meat options from all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak, and organic non-GMO tofu as add-ons.

The food is really beautiful, flavorful, and inventive. I believe strongly that no matter your approach to eating or dietary needs, that good food is good food and this is what they serve and offer. Too often do people turn their nose at “healthy” or take it to each end of the extreme – good quality food will nourish you and delight you. Fast-casual concepts like Flower Child, are the wave of the future.

{Photo by Eat Flower Child}

Some of my favorites included the Thai Cashew Quinoa (below) with zucchini, snap pea, celery, onion, shiitake mushroom, jalapeno, thai basil, cashew, and red quinoa (v, and gf). All bowls are $9 unless protein is added.

The Vegan Poke which has a variety compelling components really surprised me with its enticing flavor including marinated beets, avocado, pickled mushroom, cucumber, radish, wasabi pea, smoked dulse (seaweed), brown rice, and spicy ponzu (v, gf).

I don’t care that it’s on-trend, I love a good toast. Since I’ve been eating gluten-free I don’t have them as much, and the below mentioned heirloom tomato toast isn’t gluten-free, but it’s beautiful so I wanted to share. It comes with goat cheese, pistachio pesto, and sea salt, cut into a few pieces for a perfect shared appetizer.

In the drink department on tap they have Rowdy Mermaid kombucha and organic cold brew. They also offer seasonal lemonades, organic wine, and Colorado beer.

Pro tip: Order the dark chocolate pudding for $5 that’s vegan and gluten-free. It’s sprinkled with shaved coconut and made with coconut cream, sprouted almonds, and cocoa powder. You won’t be disappointed.

The space in Boulder at 28th and Arapahoe is near Colorado University and has free, easy parking. The restaurant seats 68 and there’s a beautiful patio that seats 28. Inside there are mosaics, decorative tile, plants, and colorful wall paintings to brighten up the vibrant space.

They’re open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On opening day on August 22nd, they gave a portion of their proceeds to Boulder Food Rescue. To celebrate further, they’ll host a lemonade stand on Saturday, August 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of McGuckin Hardware, giving away free lemonade and Flower Child swag. Keep an eye out for them!

Finally, we’re offering a giveaway of $50 gift certificate to anyone that lives in Colorado and wants to try their new Boulder location. Follow the link to my Instagram post to enter – like the post AND comment by tagging someone you would love to try their food with. We will pick a winner at random on Monday the 27th.

Find Them:

2580 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 110.