Herb 'n Flavors Restaurant Review

Within the past year I have come to loathe conventional restaurants. I care so much about the food we put in our body and restaurant food is most certainly not natural or healthy. Especially the kid's menu. Don't even get me started on the kid's menu. With that being said, we all like to go out to eat once in a while. It is a great way to celebrate a special occasion or take a break from cooking. We all need a break sometimes, but we also deserve to eat nourishing foods that are not full of unnecessary ingredients and additives. Recently we came across a new local restaurant that has become one of our personal favorites.

Herb 'n Flavors is located in the heart of Tempe. I discovered it by chance after my mom received a coupon in the mail for a free entree. The first time we went to the restaurant our waitress informed us that everything on the menu was organic and local. Me being the crazy nutrition nerd that I am, wanted to talk to the manager before we left because it sounded too good to be true. I asked the manager if everything is local and organic and he assured me that it is. He then gave me a list of all the farmers and ranchers that supply their ingredients.
 Grass fed beef and pasture raised chicken is received from Double Check Ranch, pesticide-free produce is received from One Windmill Farm and Maya's Farm, Hummus is made by the owner himself from Dr. Hummus, coffee and tea come from Cortez Organic Coffees and Teas, and pasta is handmade from Deceio Pasta. Although the salmon and shrimp are not wild, the albacore tuna is sustainably wild caught. WOW! Truly too good to be true. Now this is the question that boggles my brain and aggravates me the most. If this restaurant can offer entirely local and organic options and still have reasonably priced food items, why are more restaurants not doing the same? Is it laziness or lack of knowledge and resources? I don't know. What I do know is that I would much rather give my business to someone who is feeding me nourishing foods free from additives and pesticides than go to any other chain restaurant that is receiving frozen factory farmed meats and premade sauces. Did I mention Herb 'n Flavors makes EVERYTHING from scratch? Phenomenol! Below is a review of the overall quality of the restaurant.
Gluten Free Chicken Tenders with Fries and Vegan Spinach Dip

Chicken Fantasia with a delicious sauce as well as bell peppers and onions.

Herb 'n Flavors Review: 1 being poor, 10 being great
Atmosphere: 10 The atmosphere is very hip and bright. The color scheme is friendly and inviting. When you enter the restaurant, you are able to seat yourself wherever is most comfortable.
Staff:10 Every time I have been to the restaurant the staff is incredibly friendly and engages in conversation when appropriate.
Service: 8 The food service has always been great for us during lunch, with the food being delivered quickly and efficiently. We have only been for dinner once, and unfortunately our service was a little slow. I suggest running in for a quick lunch, but if you plan to go for dinner, make sure you are not in a hurry. 
Allergy Friendly: 9 The menu is very accomodating for all allergies and food preferences such as gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, etc. Gluten free chicken tenders and vegan spinach dip are incredibly flavorful.
Variety: 9 The menu reminds me somewhat of Pita Jungle except better. Although the food is centered around Medditeranean, there are a variety of options such as salads, pitas, rice bowls, and tacos.
Taste/Flavor: 9 The food is very flavorful and uses a variety of Mediterranean-inspired spices. The sauces and dips that are served with entrees are very dense in flavor and accompany the meal well. My only disappoint thus far is the french fries. They are very bland and not fresh tasting. I would love to see some homemade fries in the future.
Price: 10 Considering all items are organic and/or local, the price is excellent. The average menu item price is $10-$12. Honestly, for such high quality ingredients, I would be willing to pay a little bit more. The fact that they are able to keep prices so reasonable is very impressive.
Real, Unprocessed Food: 9 Although there are menu items that are considered refined, such as the pita chips, sandwich bread, and refined oil in  the deep fried items, there are a wide variety of unrefined options including brown rice, grilled meats,  and homemade sauces and dips. All produce is local and free of pesticides and all meat is local and free of hormones and antibiotics. When finding what I consider "real" food at a restaurant, my top priority is high quality meat and produce. I can feel good about taking my daughter to Herb 'n Flavors and that makes me so happy!
Overall Rating: 9 Herb 'n Flavors offers high quality food, decently priced in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. If you are trying to eat at a restaurant offering local, truly healthy options, Herb 'n Flavors is the place to go.

As a family we have been to the restaurant several times. We are always pleased with what we order and our service is always excellent. We have tried all flavors of hummus as well as the vegan spinach dip. The spinach dip is delicious, but I don't like to eat a lot of it because it contains soy which is something that we try to avoid. On our most recent visit I decided to order the Gluten Free Chicken Tenders. They were delicious! The batter is made from garbanzo bean flour. Although they are probably fried in highly refined canola oil, they are a great option for anyone who is avoiding gluten. The biggest disappointment of my meal was the french fries. I expected them to be homemade when in fact they looked like any other average french fry from a steakhouse. James ordered the Chicken Fantasia on our most recent visit and it was delicious! It is served with brown rice, bell peppers, grilled chicken, and a delicious red sauce. Items we have also tried include falafel, cheese pizza, grilled chicken kid's meal, veggie pita wrap, turkey pita wrap and grass-fed tacos. Like I said, everything we have ever tasted has been delicious. If you want to eat at a restaurant that offers real food with integrity, you need to try Herb 'n Flavors!

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