If you could use a little California sunshine in the midst of this cold Ohio winter, consider heading to Centerville ’s West Coast inspired FLAVORS EATERY. Rich and Elaine LoRusso’s little eatery whose slogan is “LIVE, LOVE, LIFE,” has been a favorite dining spot in Centerville for several years. Rich and Elaine had a successful string of restaurants in California , but decided to move back to Ohio to be closer to family. Once they returned, they decided to open FLAVORS EATERY – a restaurant concept which provides diners with healthy menu alternatives in a fast-food-dominated world. The concept worked and the restaurant has developed quite a following since its inception.
The menu is dynamic and unique like the personalities of the charismatic owners. The couple know their customers well and have developed many friendships with their returning clientele. Once inside the restaurant, you are promptly greeted by the highly energetic Elaine LoRusso.
The atmosphere is casual and eclectic with music playing overhead and walls adorned with pictures of the owners with many legendary musicians. The place has an artsy and relaxed West Coast vibe.
The food is totally unique and bursting with flavor. The menu consists of California-style wraps, homemade soups, subs, salads, smoothies, and burritos. They even have ice cream and low-fat yogurt. It is very easy to eat at FLAVORS EATERY if you are watching your weight! Since both of us could be described as “husky”, this is one of our favorite dining spots.
We have become addicted to the Weight Watcher friendly Monterey Grilled Chicken –a flatbread loaded with organic chicken and topped with fresh grilled veggies. If you want a different flavor to your food, they will gladly accommodate your request. If you love Thai food, ask Rich prepares his Chicken Monterey Grille with a little Thai sauce… delish!
The Big Ragu loves fish and always goes for the heaping Salmon Wrap. They start off with a Honey Whole Grain Wrap and stuff it with salmon, black beans, organic brown rice, lettuce, and cheese. The wraps also come with a side of tortilla chips that are topped with the House Garlic Sauce. If you haven’t tried the House Garlic Sauce, then you are missing out! We highly suggest you pick up a bottle to take home! The house-made salsa is also very refreshing and unique as they change the vegetables with each batch!
If the large portions don’t quite fill you up, you can always try one of their many desserts. They offer espresso drinks, smoothies, baked goods, ice cream, and frozen yogurts. One of our favorite desserts is the large chocolate chip cookie warmed and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Nothing beats a fresh, warm cookie!
The Big Ragu goes the frozen route and orders up a milkshake. His favorite is the Peanut Butter Cup Shake that is packed with huge chunks of peanut butter cups. If you decide to try these desserts, you might want to spend a few extra hours in the gym to burn off the calories! Believe us, every drop of sweat will be worth it!
Flavors is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays. A popular lunch spot, you might have to wait a little longer during the lunch rush, but the food is that good. One taste of their unique food and you will be addicted too. It’s easy to understand the loyal following FLAVORS EATERY has acquired. Check them out at www.flavorseatery.com or even better yet….stop in this restaurant and give them a try. They are located at 865 East Franklin Street by Centerville High School in the Centerville East Plaza shopping center.
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