Tucked into a very popular Trader Joe's strip mall on Chandler and 40th St., Pomegranate couldn't be more convenient for a feel-good healthy meal. I used to pop in after Hot Yoga (a couple doors down), grab a green veggie drink, pick up my Sunizona farm box and head out. It wasn't until recently that I started digging into the meals and I now I'm addicted. I've never had a bad meal. I love the daily veggie burger specials (get the kale salad as a side), the spicy quesadillas, raw super green kale salad and egg or tofu soft tacos with avocado - all available gluten free, dairy free, egg-free. They also have raw options and specials. Several reviewers comment about the cost but have they actually watched what goes into these vegan and vegetarian meals? One fruit or veggie drink alone would nearly clean out a grocery store produce aisle. Luckily the owners - a mother/daughter team - are almost always on-site, very accessible, and they continue to expand and improve the menu, service and space. Sometimes there is a line out the door (no table service, you order at the counter), which I'm sure turns some people away but the line goes quickly and it is worth the wait. Just chill out and meet some new friends in the meantime.
For a different kind of evening out you can go to one of their informal gatherings for a documentary screening, a local speaker, vegan chef, etc. in the evenings. We went to one featuring the head elephant keeper at the Phoenix Zoo and had a great time.