Desert Roots Kitchen

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414 S Mill Ave Ste 111, Tempe, Arizona, USA, 85281

Vegan deli cafe in downtown with emphasis on global cuisine using as many local ingredients. Menu items such as wraps, salads, bean dishes, quinoa, pasta salads, breakfast burrito, smoothies, and baked treats. Became all vegan since 2012. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat 11:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Take-out, Fusion

24 Reviews

First Review by SkinnyBytes

Pretty good - Edit

On my first visit here I asked the server to walk me through how it all works. You can either get a wrap, 2 sides, 3 sides, or a half wrap with two sides. All of which are served cold. If sides are not your thing, they also have other dishes like the burrito. You can also get any of the sides in a wrap instead of their wrap of the day. They will also let you try the sides or fillings to see which ones you want which is a feature you should take advantage of, because some of their sides are much better than others. They had three hummus options which also count as sides if you decide to get one of those. I got a 1/2 wrap and two sides for about $12.00 which was pretty expensive, but you get a lot of food and leave full. Plus they have one smoothie which was basically spinach, banana, and peanut butter (it was a pretty big smoothie too) and that was very good. They can get very busy and sold out of some of their options before noon which was a bit disappointing. You order at the counter. They serve your order to you right there on a plate and you pay. Then you can help yourself to water, and you seat yourself outside under covered seating. It’s pretty hot under their seating area, so I’d probably take it to go next time. I’d also try the fillings before ordering next time as well because the one that I got in the wrap had some undercooked rice and one of the sides was very spicy. I liked their teriyaki dish though. I might be back to try some of their other dishes, but hopefully they won’t be sold out next time.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly and helpful staff, Try before buying

Cons: Busy, Pretty expensive , Sells out of some dishes early

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yummy lunch option - Edit

I was in town for a quick trip and was so happy I was able to pick up lunch at this place. I came near closing but there was still some delicious options left. With a menu that changes daily, the food is very fresh and creative. Loved it!

Pros: tasty, healthy options, changing menu, overall vibe

Cons: parking, hard to find (inside of a little outdoor mall area

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Pleasant Environment - Edit

I really enjoyed visiting this cute spot. Located inside a small plaza along Mill Avenue in Tempe. You’ll dine outdoors surrounded by trees and a soothing fountain. I enjoyed the food. Pleasant customer service.

Pros: great food , nice environment , excellent customer service

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lovely atmosphere nice food - Edit

This is a small place with a small menu. We had a wrap and a rice pilaf on the side. Indeed the rice was crunchy just the way I like it but boyfriend prefers well cooked rice and pasta. We shared a plate and that portion was just enough. Full portion would have been a lot (for us anyways). Wonderful atmosphere and nice staff.

Pros: atmosphere lovely , staff friendly and helpful, nice food

Cons: limited variety

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Fantastic Food at Fantastic Price - Edit

Finally got down to Desert Roots Kitchen, and glad we did. The food was fantastic, clean, made with love, tasted like home. Since this is a deli style restaurant, you choose what you want to do. We created our own wraps, using the corn wrap, since we are gluten free, and it was great. For the insides of the wraps we used the three different kinds of hummus (all very tasty), along a split-pea salad, and curried potatoes, along with some vegetables and greens. Really hit the spot for a great uplifting lunch.

The decor is very charming, laid back, kind of hippie-like, we loved it. The owner was fantastic, also charming and incredibly accommodating. Seating inside isn't a thing, but they have a wonderful outside eating area within the courtyard, that we can't wait to sit in (was too hot & humid on this particular day).

The prices are fantastic, we got four of those wraps, and two sides for less than $30, compared to other vegan restaurants in the area, we were very pleased with everything, and will be returning soon.

Pros: Great food, Great owner, Cool spot

Cons: Would like to see more dessert options.

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Delicious Deli Food - Edit

I've been here twice, and the food is ridiculously tasty.

The menu changes daily and is often made from local ingredients. Everything is mostly cold, from various types of hummus to chickpea salads and different potato dishes. (The dolmas are amazing.)

They also bake cookies and other tasty treats! It's right off of Mill in a beautiful courtyard, definitely check it out.

Pros: Delicious, Fresh , Local

Cons: None

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Full Wrap + 1 side - Edit

Haven't been here in 6 months in area today and hoped for something filling and tasty and hit the jackpot with a Full Wrap and a tasty side dish .. Massive portion which I needed today .. Great day to sit on their patio too ..

Thanks Desert Roots !!

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Awesome - Edit

Stopped by for lunch when I was in town for a meeting, and this place was great. Fresh, local food that changes daily. Some of the non-vegan people I was with thought the food was kind of bland, but if you're used to eating real food instead of processed, this place is great. Everything tasted fresh. They had Peanut Butter Pickle hummus which sounded weird, but was amazing.

Pros: Creative menu, Fresh, local, Quick

Cons: Small menu

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1st visit - Edit

Stopped by while visiting Phoenix
What a cool place, great food, friendly people

I had a breakfast burrito

Will deff stop by again

Pros: Great food, Different each day

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Fresh and Flavorful - Edit

This place has some of the freshest and most flavorful options around. They have wraps, hummus, rice, and pasta dishes. The menu changes daily and they are pretty good with keeping their Facebook page updated with the menu, but sometimes they forget. I suggest calling ahead with any questions and/or to get the daily menu.

The employees are friendly and helpful.

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Cute, friendly and happily granola - Edit

My husband and I had been dying to go since we moved here. Thankfully just before they closed for their summer break we were able to experience it. Us, being the classic procrastinating type made it there about 30 minutes before they closed just to grab whatever was left. The staff was overly helpful and very kind. We felt as if we were back home in the mountains.. it was an absolute treat. We loved the the chickpea curry wrap. After our meal we were told we could take whatever was left in the display that we wanted, home. I haven't felt this welcomed in a restaurant in AZ to date. Thank you for such a lovely experience!

Pros: Knowledgeable and friendly staff , Overly hospitable

Cons: Limited Hours

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favorite vegan spot near campus - Edit

When I'm on campus this is the best vegan food around. A little tucked away when your finding it for the first time.

The food is always fresh, good variety and tasty too. Love this spot, give it a try.

Pros: tasty, affordable, good location

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What an amazing place - Edit

I visiting my brother for a week and found the place thanks to happycow. I have to stop and eat here now twice. Such a delicious food, which is different from what I had two days ago. The attention is awesome and the place is just great to just seat, eat, and relax, specially today after a little run. I will be back!

Pros: People, Great Food, Atmosphere

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A Quick, Delicious Meal - Edit

I stopped by this restaurant on my way home from a week in Phoenix, AZ. The restaurant is not easy to find from Mills street, as it is tucked away behind several restaurants. I walked into one of the restaurants on Mills and had to ask where this restaurant was.

I walked through the garden patio to the restaurant entrance, where I ordered a Thai noodle dish and curried garbanzo beans. For dessert, I ordered a creamy peanut butter/maple pudding.

The food here is served cold, but it is quite tasty.
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat, this is the place to go in Tempe.

Pros: Very fast service, Delicious deli items

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Great for catering! - Edit

I've never actually eaten inside Desert Roots Kitchen off of Mill, but my boyfriend has often ordered their catering for his sustainability lectures and workshops at ASU. They always have delicious offerings including gluten-free, and the spreads please just about everyone that attends no matter their dietary background. Great wraps, potato salad, rice pilafs, and more. Everything is real vegetables, spices, and ingredients, and much of the ingredients are locally sourced and/or organic. The woman who owns Desert Roots is usually the one to deliver and she's super sweet and makes sure we have everything we need!

Pros: Catering, Gluten-free friendly, Local sourcing

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Great Grub - Edit

We heard about this place at the Veg Fest and we're glad we made the trip down.
The staff is great, encourages you to try everything and the food was delicious.
Glad to find another Vegan restaurant in Phoenix.

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just awesome. - Edit

The people here are very very nice. They are happy to let you taste something first. The hummus is outstanding. Lentil salad was really great as well as were the cookies. We had that with a half wrap and left happy vegans. Phoenix and area have been great and full of wonderful vegan food. This was one of my favourites.

Pros: friendly, tasty food

Cons: can be hard to find

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Giddy with Joy! - Edit

This place is seriously rad! I love the people and the food that they make! I was super impressed by how good the food was! This place is definitely a must!

Pros: organic, local, changes daily

Cons: they are too amazing

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Really REALLY Good - Edit

Was way better than I was expecting, and I was expecting really good! Totally worth the trip. Awesome food, great staff. Excellent vibe.

Pros: healthy, delicious, creative

Cons: none!

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Love it - Edit

All I can say is LOVE IT! :)

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Delicious Food! - Edit

I love this place! It's probably kinda hard to find, but it's on Mill Avenue, tucked in the back of the courtyard next to FatBurger.

The first time I ate here I was so amazed at how good it was and how great and full I felt after eating their food. They definitely influenced me to become vegan!

The menu changes daily so I check their Facebook to see what they are serving. They use as many local ingredients as they can. They typically have 2-4 types of hummus daily, 4-6 of types of salads with veggies, grains, mac and cheez, vegan bagels, and cookie bars. I think they even serve breakfast!

They only have outdoor seating at this time, but they have misters on the patio to help with the heat. Desert Roots Kitchen has a nice friendly atmosphere.

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Yumm! - Edit

Just tried Desert Root today for the first time...thanks to Happy Cow. The staff was great...I tried a Chili Black Bean wrap with a side of lentil and dal. I was in heaven! The dal had almond slivers and dates...so good! This is a tiny location with plenty of outdoor seating. A great local business. I will be back!

Pros: Excellent Food, Good value, Friendly Staff

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Very good - Edit

Had a very nice afternoon lunch at Desert Roots. It was a Friday afternoon and the weather was great so after picking out our items we sat on the patio to eat. The food was really good (everything was vegan :-)), prices were good and the service very friendly. They are definitely going to be added into my lunch rotations.

Pros: Menu varies daily, Vegan

Cons: Not open weekends

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Cute litte Deli in Tempe. Tasty food, daily menu. - Edit

Being a recent vegetarian, I'm always looking for new diggs to eat. I saw Desert Roots popup on HappyCow, and thought I'd give it a try. Overall, a cute little down-to-earth deli on Mill, with a small but tasty made-from-scratch menu which changes daily. No in-house seating, but there is a sizable outdoor seating area; there are cooling mist-ers, but in the summer you may want to just grab-n-go.

I had the Thai wrap with honey mustard potato salad, and I wasn't disappointed. The wrap was loaded with rice, beans, greens, and a touch of peanut sauce. The potato salad was not your run-of-the-mill either, with tasty bits of carrot and celery mixed in.

Since the website is still under construction, I was told to check them out on Facebook for the current menu: https://www.facebook.com/DesertRootsKitchen

Overall, a win for us vegetarians/vegans, with gluten and dairy free choices as well. Thumbs up!

Pros: Rotating Menu, Friendly staff/owner, Casual Deli Style

Cons: No indoor seating

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