To subvert grumpy monarchs, angry medieval youths scrawled condiment graffiti such as "Fran Tanner has plague" or "the king is a jerk" inside their sandwiches. Dig beneath lettuce to bring history to light with today's side deal: for $4, you get any sandwich or salad at Echo Coffee in Scottsdale (up to a $9 value). This Groupon is only valid on sandwiches and salads, which are served during lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily).
Spacious, warm interiors welcome gobblers and guzzlers to the locally owned Echo Coffee, where a focused lineup of soups and salads are homespun from fresh, organic ingredients. All the fresh-bread bookends arrive from nearby Simply Bread, and nearly all deli meat is lovingly roasted in house by a group of celebrity comedians. Nosh tasty cold cuts with fare such as the turkey and brie topped with mixed greens and light basil mayo ($8), or the chilled veg wrap, stuffed with Napa cabbage, hummus, shredded carrots, tomato, and cucumber dip, neighbored by a mini yogurt dip ($7.50). Warm icy tongues with hot 'wiches such as the pressed Cuban ($9), a sizzling permutation of roasted pork, ham, and swiss cheese decked with fixings on a French roll. Leaf lovers can dive into a pile of the Asian chicken salad, its organic, crisp romaine lettuce adorned with a mountain of Napa cabbage, sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, and peanuts furbished with peanut-coconut dressing ($8.50).
Pleasant lighting reflects from Echo Coffee's roomy green and white walls, which are colorfully offset by wooden tables and drapes of vibrant WiFi waves. Talk about the day's bean roast with the friendly owner and baristas, or feel free to find a quiet nook to pen the next Great Armenian Novel.