Restaurant Review: Flavors Eatery

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's the kind of place where you can get a filling, healthy meal for cheap, or just relax between classes over coffee and a baked good.

And honestly, it just feels kind of like a dorm room in there. Or maybe it just feels like my old dorm room, a primary-colored space covered in taped-up pages ripped from magazines. At this warm and welcoming spot, the friendly employees wear tie-dyed shirts and the vibrant orange and blue walls are decorated with surfboards and framed photos of movie stars.

Flavors is part of a small Ohio chain, with two other locations in Centerville and West Chester. They serve self-described "California-style" food, which translates into lots of salads, wraps and pizzas with a nutritious spin.

Interestingly, there's a whole menu section devoted to salmon, that protein-rich superfood. You can order wild salmon patties in wraps, quesadillas or pitas, or Over the Top - served on greens, portobellos, roasted red peppers, artichokes and black beans.

The gourmet pizza menu is similarly veggie-packed, with options like the Popeye, topped with feta, spinach, tomatoes, olives and onions.

Roasted Veggie Wrap, $7.50

Flavors specializes in the kind of lunches that are perfect for this decadent time of year. You can work in your daily servings of nutrient-rich vegetables and lean protein, but the food is still hearty enough that you're not going to be starving enough to scarf down a plate of seasonal cookies before dinnertime.

The Roasted Veggie Wrap is a hulking, Chipotle-sized burrito-type dish stuffed with organic brown rice, black beans, stretchy mozzarella and roasted vegetables, all bound together by a tasty, herby sour cream sauce.

Substantial chunks of perfectly cooked - i.e. just slightly crunchy - broccoli, green beans, yellow carrots and red peppers are the colorful and flavorful centerpiece. The whole thing was popped into a steamy oven for a bit, causing the filling ingredients to melt together brilliantly and giving the honey-wheat tortilla a nice toasting. More of the tasty house-made sauce is drizzled overtop.

The wrap, like most menu items, is served with cilantro-dusted tortilla chips and salsa, slightly spicy and filled with chunks of fresh veggies like carrots, zucchini and olives.

Because of the resemblance to a Tex-Mex burrito and the presence of chips and salsa, I kept expecting a Mexican kick, but instead it was just fresh-tasting, straight-from-the-farmers-market goodness that certainly didn't need a bunch of spices to liven things up.

Roasted Veggie Wrap: $7.50

Tax & Tip: $1.63

Total: $9.13

Flavors Eatery

2455 E. Main St., Bexley