Got a hankering for salads?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable salad spots in Mesa, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.
1. MVPita Mediterranean Grill
Topping the list is MVPita Mediterranean Grill. Located in Encanto at 1066 N. Power Road, Suite 103, the Mediterranean spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is the highest-rated inexpensive salad spot in Mesa, boasting 4.5 stars out of 476 reviews on Yelp.
On the menu, you'll find kebabs, gyros, shawarma and falafel, as well as classic Mediterranean appetizers like hummus and spinace pies. Catering services are also available.
2. Café Zupas
Next up is an outpost of the chain Café Zupas, situated at 3420 E. Baseline Road, Suite 107. With four stars out of 260 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score soups, salads and sandwiches has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option. (Check out the full menu here.)
"Every soup is prepared by hand. ... Each salad is created with fresh, hand-chopped veggies, and tossed with one of our house-made dressings," states the business's Yelp profile.
3. Salad and Go
Alta Mesa's outpost of the national chain Salad and Go, located at 5259 E. Brown Road, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap fast food spot four stars out of 153 reviews.
Aside from made-to-order salads, you'll find soups, breakfast burritos and organic smoothies on the menu.
This location of the well-known chain Rubio's, a Mexican spot that offers seafood, salads and more, is another cheap go-to, with four stars out of 39 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1649 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 104, to see for yourself. (Check out the full menu here.)
"At Rubio's, it's our mission to serve coastal food that you can feel great about eating," it states in its Yelp profile. "From The Original Fish Taco that started it all, our menu has grown to include a variety of responsibly sourced grilled seafood, all natural chicken raised without antibiotics, and USDA Choice steak, served in tacos, burritos, salads and bowls."
5. George's Gyros
Finally, check out George's Gyros, which has earned four stars out of 198 reviews on Yelp, for an inexpensive salad. Dig in at the spot to score salads, burgers and sandwiches by heading over to 205 N. Country Club Drive. The menu also features gyro sandwiches, pita pizzas, burgers, pastas and specialty entrees.
Yelper Susie R., who reviewed George's Gyros on Aug. 19 wrote, "Delicious. Love this little family restaurant, food is always good."