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Don’t Miss Del Mar’s New Healthy Gourmet Chain

Flower Child's fast-casual eats hit the Flower Hill Promenade
Photo by John Dole

By Troy Johnson

Flower Child

2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

Healthy food is no longer a penance. The biggest trend in American restaurants is healthy gourmet, and San Diego’s newest addition is Flower Child. Yes, it’s a chain. In general, chains are garbage. But this is a good one, a spin-off of the chef-centric True Food Kitchen.

Occupying the former Sea & Smoke space in Flower Hill Promenade, Executive Chef Steven Molina (ex-Kitchen 1540, -Delicias) is overseeing quality control of standouts like the crushed avocado toast with soft egg, black sesame, and white cheddar, and the Mother Earth Bowl with ancient grains and veggies (and a killer broccoli pesto). How to fail: Forget to order the Kale-Aid.

The space is bright, happy, colorful, and has “yoga mat parking.” The target demo is crystal clear.

Don’t Miss Del Mar’s New Healthy Gourmet Chain

Photo by John Dole

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