It’s more than an infatuation; it’s an obsession in the East Valley. Our love affair with soda and sugar cookies is almost comical, but we embrace our addiction and feed it (and ourselves) regularly. For the novice soda shop sipper, here’s the insider’s guide to the best soda shops in Gilbert and Mesa!
- Fiiz in Mesa has one of the largest selections of specialty drinks, treats and Italian sodas in the East Valley and a “secret” menu you can log onto inside the shop. Their sugar cookies, chocolate ganache cookies and red velvet cookies (seasonal) from Melody and Geoff Larsen at Sassy’s Café & Bakery, plus a creative kids drink menu keep customers coming back for more.
“I love the Razzbear with Coke Zero and the boys I nanny always want The Shark Attack – a mix between Rubber Ducky and Sharks in the Water. Plus, we never leave without a Sassy’s cookie,” says @savannabrook2
Location: 4202 E. Main Street in Mesa
Hours: M-Th 7:30am to 10pm, Fri 7:30am to 11pm, Sat 9am to 11pm, Closed Sundays
- Sodalicious, with locations in Gilbert and Mesa, earns a top spot due to their variety of drinks and 11 different cookies and treats (from scotcharoos to snicker doodles). Their most popular drink is the AK special (Dr. Pepper, Coconut and Vanilla) and they’re known for having a lot of carbonation in their funny, slightly inappropriately named drinks.
“They put the most ‘flavor shots’ in your drink (in my opinion) and seem to have the most options,” says Meredith Jones Urry* of @stuffimakeandsell whose favorite drink is Your Mom Extra Dirty.
Location: 1245 N Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert and 154 N. Country Club Dr. in Mesa
Hours: M-Th 7:30am to 10pm, Fri 7:30am to 10:30pm, Sat 8:30am to 11:30pm, Closed Sundays
- The Soda Shop on Baseline Road in Gilbert is another favorite. Known for the Big Daddy (Dr. Pepper, Raspberry, Coconut Cream) the Happy Camper (Root beer, Toasted Marshmallow, Half & Half) and a great kids drink, the Fruit Ninja (Sprite, Strawberry, Peach and Watermelon), they have something for everyone. The Soda Shop uses Coconut Cream, which enhances the specialty drinks they serve, and several customers voted their shop as having the best “hipster vibe.” @EmilyEvansDavis loves their “480” drink (but switches it to Coke Zero) and their black and white cookies.
Location: 4311 E. Baseline Rd. #101a, Gilbert (new location just opened off Gilbert and Brown roads in Mesa!)
Hours: M-Th 8am to 9:30pm, Fri 8am to 11pm, Sat 9am to 11pm, Closed Sundays
- Soda Rush in Mesa features blended sodas, freshly squeezed lemonade, coconut limeade, and many sugar free drink options. Several East Valley moms commented on their Dole Whip & Dole Whip Floats, which they occasionally offer (check their social media channels to know when). Known for affordable and gluten-friendly treat options, a fast drive through and the earliest opening time, Soda Rush also offers cotton candy, dairy-free soft serve ice cream and cookies made from scratch in house daily.
“My kids love their kiddie cones and I love the Vanilla Cream Root Beer, “ said East Valley Mom Mindy Riggs Hermann, @mindy0508
Location: 9265 E. Baseline Rd. #104, Mesa
Hours: M-Th 7am to 9pm, Fri 7am to 11pm, Sat 8am to 11pm, Closed Sundays
- Swig out of Utah, just opened a Gilbert location at 2919 S. Market, Suite 101, Gilbert.
“My kids LOVE The Missionary (Tiger’s Blood, Sprite and Coconut) and I love the Dirty Diet Dr. Pepper, and of course the cookies are sooo good,” says Mesa mom Amber Mason. @RooniePie
*Special thanks to Meredith Jones Urry of Mesa whose Facebook post inspired this blog.
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