Finding a convenient place to get a delicious healthy meal can be difficult sometimes, especially if there are fast food outlets lying around tempting visitors to grab a bite.Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps at the corner of Christensen Alley in Pasadena is a little restaurant hidden away from most. The decor is simple, making it cozy for visitors who choose to dine in. The walls are decorated with portraits of fruit, the paint is lightly chipped and there is an eclectic mix of music. The upstairs seating area, which slightly resembles an attic, is small with only a 10-person capacity. The traffic is consistent, throngs of customers are seen coming and going.
The restaurant offers a wide range of vegetarian selections such as salad and wraps. For those who like having meat in their food, there is a decent selection of chicken and steak wraps. It is a healthy alternative from other fast food restaurants and perfect for lunch.
For early risers, there is a special breakfast menu. The management readily equipped the condiment stand with foil and brown paper bags for those on the go.
Father Nature’s even offers a self-serve water station making it convenient for those who don’t choose to get a soft drink. There are visible recycling bins placed at the corners for cans and bottles for those who wish to do their part for the environment.
The “Father Nature” lavash wrap has a decent veggie-to-meat ratio. The vegetables taste pretty fresh and the food is served warm. The lavash is a bit on the crispy side and the chicken seemed to have been roasted a little too long. Over all, the wrap is delicious.
The falafel is tasty, not too crumbly, but on the smaller side from other restaurants.
The “Chicken a la press” lavash wrap is served warm and the lavash wrap is a bit on the crispy side. More veggies would have been desirable to balance out the meat. However, like other food items served at the restaurant, the ingredients seem fresh. Each wrap is served with a side of tahini sauce, which seems to bring out the flavor in the food.
For students who wish to visit Father Nature’s for lunch, it is a healthy alternative to burgers and fries. The menu is moderately priced about $7 to $9. A lot of delicious sides are offered to go along with the wraps and salad. A special allows customers who’ve purchased a wrap or salad to get a free drink if they order a side dish. The little hidden fast food place certainly is a diamond in the rough for the health-conscious.
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