Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad Sandwich from Essence Bakery Cafe: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Lauren Saria
Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad sandwich from Essence Bakery.
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

73. Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad Sandwich from Essence Bakery Cafe

See Also: 10 Best Cold Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

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You never have to feel guilty about eating the light, fresh European-style cuisine that Essence Bakery owner and chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos serves at her two restaurants. But we dare you to resist the draw of the Essence pastry case, where you'll find a colorful array of macarons and other sweet treats. It's impossible.

So before we dig into our pumpkin macaron and perfectly flaky butter croissant, we usually like to fill up on something savory. Responsible eating is important, after all. Most times we go with Theodosopoulos' Lemon & Basil Chicken Salad sandwich, which has been a menu staple for quite some time. The salad doesn't skimp on pieces of moist free range chicken that's complemented with pieces of diced onion, lemon, and fresh basil.

When combined with thin slices of cucumber and crisp leaves of spinach, this salad becomes the perfect lunch to satisfy without feeling too heavy. Even the brioche bun is a memorable part of the meal -- slightly sweet, but also chewy, soft, and sturdy.

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97. Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab

96. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

95. Cannoli from DeFalco's Italian Deli

94. Falafel Sandwich from Al-Hana Restaurant

93. PBLT at Bootleggers

92. Samosa from Little India

91. Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo

90. Brunch Burger from Orange Table

89. Duck Fat Fries from Bourbon Steak

88. Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca

87. Carne Adovada Enchiladas from Los Dos Molinos

86. Maple Bacon Doughnut from Rainbow Donuts

85. Pad Khing from Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

84. Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs

82. Lemon Bars from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

81. Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express

80. Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady

79. Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora

78. Black Licorice from Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

77. Cracker Jack from House of Tricks

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Location Info

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Tom Jetland
Tom Jetland

Had the most amazing tomato tart today!

Cindy Coplen
Cindy Coplen

The Spanikopita with Greek salad for lunch or French scrambled eggs for breakfast

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