Pomegranate Cafe Pomegranate Cafe

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Trained chefs show that healthy food can be decadent and tasty.
Openings: Open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Pomegranate Cafe, Phoenix, AZ


Pomegranate Cafe Restaurant Review:


Chef-owners and mother and daughter team, Cassie and Marlene Tolman, have a handle on creative health food that’s so appealing you’ll forget it’s good for you. The bright, butter yellow café is tiny but the menu is huge, focusing on vegetarian, vegan and raw, in seasonal salads, sandwiches, wraps and bowls, plus gluten-free goodies like raw cheesecake with a filling of blended cashews, blueberries, coconut oil and agave syrup atop a crust of macadamia nuts, coconut and dates. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s the Lumberjack sandwich, layering ancient grain toast with eggs or tofu, tempeh bacon, tomato, avocado, and vegan or cheddar cheese. For lunch, try the raw collard wrap, a burrito of large green leaves (instead of tortillas) brimming with dairy-free almond cheese, carrots, tomato and avocado dressed with a “living” Caesar, alongside homemade gluten-free flaxseed crackers. There’s no alcohol, but cheerful counter servers offer fresh-squeezed organic juices from mostly local fruits and vegetables.

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