Savvy carb-lovers in the Valley know all about the macarons and croissants that come out of Essence Bakery. Because the sugar rush is so profoundly delicious, many folks are unaware that it is possible to get lunch there for under $10. (As long as you drink water and skip dessert.) Located on the southeast corner of University and Hardy in Tempe, Essence Bakery serves lunch Monday- Saturday from 10:30 am - 3 pm.
If you step past the bakery counter and pull your eyes away from the hypnotic goodies and look up, you will see the lunch menu. Of course, one of the standouts is a savory pastry dish, Spanakopita ($8.25).
See what other lunch deals Essence serves up after the jump
The Spanakopita ($8.25) has a light flaky crust stuffed with flavorful chopped spinach. It is served with a tasty little mix of tomatoes, peppers, kalamata olivess, and feta called The Greek Village Salad. The mix of flavors, textures, and temperatures made for a delicious and filling combination.
In addition to specialities like Spanakopita, Quiche Lorraine, and a Mediterranean Platter, the menu contains a variety of Entree Salads, Cold Sandwiches, and Hot Sandwiches all priced under $9. We tried the Open Faced Steak Sandwich ($8.75). Made with local organic grass-fed beef from Power Ranch, and served on brioche with sauteed mushrooms, cabernet butter, and Maytag blue cheese, this hearty sandwich is served with French Dijon potato salad.
Essence also serves soup by the cup or bowl and has a variety of vegetarian selections on the menu as well as a daily special. Yes, it is possible to eat lunch here for under $10, the real question is whether or not it is possible to resist eating $10 worth of Chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos' macarons for lunch.