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.
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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.