Arizona Restaurants Loved for What They Lack

Special diets and food sensitivities are these restaurants’ bread and butter

Cafes throughout Arizona with an eye on ingredients and a heart for being healthy

True Food Kitchen
Tucson’s Dr. Andrew Weil combines his anti-inflammatory food pyramid with seasonal, sustainable, organic and regional ingredients. Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, 480.265.4500; Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th St. & Camelback Rd., 602.774.3488 

Desert Roots Kitchen
This vegan/vegetarian joint uses local, organic ingredients with a global, often Mediterranean, twist on a menu that changes daily. Open Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm. Mill Avenue Shops, 414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe 480.382.0228

Green
Eat your favorite comfort food but skip the sluggish feeling afterward. Think fresh, vegan po’boys and noodles without processed ingredients. 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, 480.941.9003; 2022 N. 7th St., Phoenix, 602.258.1870 

Nourish
A color-coded menu makes it easy to order lunches and dinners based on allergies, restrictions or preferences. 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert, 480.525.1345 

Loving Hut
Asian favorites come without unwanted “extras” like MSG and, depending on the dish, gluten or soy. 3239 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602.264.3480; 3515 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale, 602.978.0393

ChocolaTree Cafe
This part cafe, part chocolatier is mind-body-spirit focused on what is good, clean and wholesome. Herbs and veggies from an onsite garden are chopped and diced into this eatery’s food, but more than that, this establishment educates patrons on a healthful lifestyle while three chocolatiers add some sweet flair. 1595 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, 928.282.2997 

The Tasteful Kitchen
In this cozy space, colorful art-adorned walls accompany good-for-you ingredients. The menu emphasizes veggies and has a few “raw” choices; all of it is vegan with options for gluten- and soy-free as well as low-fat diets. The establishment is BYOB, so bring along your favorite beverage to pair with cuisine like roasted butternut and green-chile quesadillas. 722 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, 520.250.9600