Pomegranate's flatbread pizza, unfortunately, doesn't fare as well as the burger when it comes to trading off tastes that would be acceptable to all diners, no matter what their diets. For those who worship at the altar of butter and eggs, the butter-less and egg-less flatbread, well, falls flat and is very bland. Better to order up the featured quesadilla, in which a lightly grilled tortilla plays a supporting role, served as wedges filled with delectable ingredients. In my case, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, and spinach with a lovely cilantro sauce.

If you are dining in and desire one of Marlene Tolman's vegan pastries, they will be brought out to you following your meal — a good thing, considering most might be greedily consumed beforehand. You won't be bored with the selection, which may include creations like dark magenta squares of raw blackberry cheesecake bites with a gummy crust, an Almond Joy-style candy bar that tastes remarkedly like the genuine article, or something called a Super Seed Ball, which is exactly what you would imagine. More power food than sweet treat, I'm told these golf ball-size orbs of various seeds and pure maple syrup are perfect for stowing in your purse in case of a hunger emergency.

As if Pomegranate's creations weren't colorful enough, the interior of the restaurant feels like a sunny indoor picnic with its brightly painted walls and magenta wood tables topped with jars of fresh flowers. The place is usually buzzing with customers, from older couples munching on savory breakfast skillets to friends catching up while slurping thick, organic fruit smoothies poured into mason jars to non-meat eaters in training attacking walnut "meat" tacos with shells of dark purple cabbage leaves as hungrily as if they were chicken nuggets. (Cassie Tolman should know a thing or two about healthy eating for kids; she created an organic lunch program for a Montessori school in Ahwatukee.)

Pomegranate's colorful, vibrant dishes taste as spectacular as they appear.
Jackie Mercandetti
Pomegranate's colorful, vibrant dishes taste as spectacular as they appear.

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Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 28
Ahwatukee, AZ 85048

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: Ahwatukee

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Pomegranate Cafe
4025 East Chandler Boulevard
480-706-7472
www.pomegranatecafe.com
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Rainbow wrap: $8
Lumberjack sandwich: $9
Super green kale salad: $10.50
Dragon bowl: $8.50

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Eating at Pomegrante Café might be best summed up by my vegetarian friend who matter-of-factly stated, "It shouldn't matter that it's vegan or vegetarian or raw. It should just taste good."

It does.

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Love this place but a little on the pricey side. Can only eat here once in while. I can never leave without spending $30+ for lunch. Not a bargain by any means.

 
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