Fourth Estate/ Madalyn Godfrey

It’s not too late to jump on board the Flip Kitchen craze


It has been almost two years since Flip Kitchen’s grand opening at George Mason University’s Johnson Center. Although I did not have my first taste of its food until the fall semester of 2023, I must admit Flip Kitchen is underrated.

Tucked in the corner behind Akeno Sushi and overlooked due to the high demand of popular food chains like Chipotle, Panera Bread and The Halal Guys, it is easy to miss this retail dining stop.

However, that needs to change.

With tons of options for rice bowls, salads, flatbreads and so much more, there is some type of food for everyone. Additionally, the menu frequently rotates and offers something new to try.

Some may think the menu is solely for vegetarians and vegans; however, that’s just not true.

For those who want that extra boost of protein, there are a lot of meal options with meat. . For those who are vegetarian or vegan, don’t let this fact dissuade you, as there are plenty of options to choose from.

My go-to meal is the “Baja Queso Rice Bowl” for $7.99. This bowl is filled to the brim with chicken, queso blanco, corn, salsa, lettuce, chipotle ranch and white rice, giving a much-needed tex-mex flavor to get through your long day of classes. To truly achieve a new sensation to the tastebuds, be sure to shake it before opening and thank me later.

You can make this meal vegan or vegetarian-friendly by removing the queso blanco and chipotle ranch and replacing the chicken with Quorn. 

If you aren’t interested in the specific dishes they offer, you can choose to craft your own bowl for only $7.49.

In addition to the food, they have delicious classic and purpose blend smoothies! With a variety of fruits and veggies to choose from, you can enjoy a sweet treat or a drink with a boost! 

I always go for either a “Caribbean Craze” with bananas and strawberries or a “Tropical Therapy” with pineapple, coconut and kiwi lime. However, if smoothies are not your thing, turn your drink into a delicious “Açaí Banana Berry Bowl” for $7.89.

Freshëns, the parent company of Flip Kitchen, describes themselves on their website as a “healthy ‘fresh casual’ concept, which offers prepared to order food inspired by fresh ingredients, as well as [their] signature fresh blended smoothies.”

I’ve eaten there a lot over the past two semesters and I completely agree! From walking into the restaurant to taking the first bite and sip of your meal and smoothie, the whole experience is fresh and casual.

Don’t just take my word for it, go out and experience it yourself!

I highly recommend trying the “Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizzadia” on their rotating menu before it’s too late.