Food for the free spirited: Flower Child now open in Del Mar

Flower Child now serving up healthy options at Flower Hill Promenade.
(Karen Billing)

Flower Child opened in Flower Hill Promenade on Dec. 6, inspired by the mission to deliver “healthy food for a happy world.” 

The delicious and nutritious menu is mix-and-match style, allowing guests to select their favorite combinations of vegetables and grains such as simple sautéed broccoli, sweet corn and quinoa, Indian-spiced cauliflower, roasted butternut squash and scrumptious Yuzu Brussels sprouts with golden miso, toasted garlic and almonds.

The menu includes mix-and-match veggie and grain dishes, salads, wraps and bowls. Many items are gluten-free or vegan.
The menu includes mix-and-match veggie and grain dishes, salads, wraps and bowls. Many items are gluten-free or vegan. (Karen Billing)

Flower Child is the second San Diego restaurant opened by restauranteur Sam Fox, joining True Food Kitchen in Mission Valley. The original Flower Child restaurant is located in Santa Monica.

Flower Child took over the former Sea & Smoke space and features spacious dining areas upstairs and downstairs, as well as a courtyard patio. There is even “yoga-mat parking” where yogis can drop their mats while they eat. 

The décor is whimsical, floral and funky with lots of art – one mural features horses and jockeys as a nod to the Del Mar Throughbred Club down the street. The kitchen area is open so guests can see all of the fresh and local ingredients at play.

The lower dining room at Flower Child.
The lower dining room at Flower Child. (Karen Billing)

The menu is packed with many gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Organic produce stars in soups, hummus, wraps, bowls and salads like the Vegan Ingredient, loaded with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, avocado, roasted corn, baby tomato, sun-dried olive, sunflower seeds and topped with a lemon tahini vinaigrette. 

Proteins of all natural-chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak and organic, non-GMO tofu can be added to any salad or bowl.

There are tasty gluten-free desserts and to drink there is a selection of teas and seasonal lemonades like organic apple cider ginger lemonade, kombucha on tap, organic wine and local beers.

Weekend breakfast starts at 8 a.m., and includes items such as a quinoa breakfast burrito, spiced maple porridge, along with morning beverages, including the Liquid Sunshine (coconut water, carrot, orange, ginger, and turmeric).

Flower Child Del Mar is located at 2690 Via De La Valle. For more information, visit or call (858) 314-6818.