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Matt’s Big Breakfast

20 Phoenix Brunches Worth Waking Up For

Where to find Southwest-style eggs, Asian-Mexican dishes, French pastries, and more

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Having brunch on the weekend feels like a treat before the work week begins. In Phoenix, mid-morning eats might mean Southwest-style eggs, but can also mean feasting on Asian-Mexican dishes or devouring French pastries. The Valley brunch scene isn’t singular — there is something for everyone. Here are 20 brunch options in the Phoenix metro area that are worth waking up for.

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1. Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

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5532 N Palo Cristi Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(602) 955-7878
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Paradise Valley’s Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn is perhaps the most elegant brunch option in town. With six acres of lush landscaping, Sunday brunch has an added charm with panoramic views from the patio. Huevos rancheros, shrimp and blue crab Louis salad, and bananas Foster waffles deliver in taste and presentation.

2. Essence Bakery Cafe

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3830 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 296-4958
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Chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos leans into a French menu at Essence Bakery Cafe, with dishes like quiche Lorraine, brioche French toast, and scrambled eggs with Parisian flair. Local artwork decorates the walls and patrons can enjoy a quiet brunch while reading the newspaper. Smart diners save room for a pastry to savor later — the chocolate croissant is a local favorite.

3. Hash Kitchen Arcadia

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4315 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 612-5580
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Hash Kitchen in Chandler is a chic and festive brunch spot that speaks to bloody mary drinkers in the group. With a build-your-own bloody mary bar, customers can feel free to create a personalized cocktail. They can pair this custom drink with a choice of gourmet hashes, homemade buttermilk biscuits, and waffles.

4. The Henry

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4455 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 429-8020
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There is an option to grab a quick coffee at the Henry, but that would be a mistake. During brunch, the restaurant has a bloody mary cart and the menu is dedicated to unexpected surprises. Highlights include caramel apple French toast, chicken-fried chicken (prepared in a similar style to chicken-fried steak), and a rancheros breakfast bowl.

5. Snooze an A.M. Eatery

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615 S College Ave #103
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 355-1934
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Don’t be fooled by the name: Tempe’s Snooze A.M. Eatery has a hip vibe with retro-bright orange seating that comes across cool and comfortable. The menu is divided into festive categories like “Flavors from the hen,” “The art of hollandaise,” and “Sweet utopia.” Those who don’t know which pancake to choose can order a flight, which includes sweet potato, pineapple upside-down, and cherries jubilee pancakes.

6. Matt's Big Breakfast

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400 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-5156
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Owner Matt Pool takes his job as owner seriously and will personally greet patrons as they enter the restaurant. Open since 2004, Matt’s Big Breakfast focuses on brunch fundamentals. The big draw is their exceptional takes on American classics like cheese omelets, griddle cakes, and steel-cut oats.

7. Arcadia Farms Cafe

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7014 E 1st Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-5665
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Arcadia Farms Cafe’s team is interested in building communities around the food they serve. Since this is its mission, most of the ingredients are sourced locally. Highlights on the menu include peach French toast casserole, crab cake Benedict, and strawberry chicken salad. Southern peach iced tea helps wash everything down easy.

8. SumoMaya

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6560 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 397-9520
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For a Mexican-Asian experience, Scottsdale’s Sumomaya is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind bottomless brunch option. A basket of pan dulce and elote pastry make for a good beginning. Entree highlights include Waygu steak and eggs and pork al pastor pad thai.

9. Copper 48

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366 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 584-4760
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Copper 48 is one of the more upscale restaurants in Gilbert. Brunch is all about the meat options and the menu features octopus and pork ragu. Hand-rolled pasta and mimosa flights round out the menu.

10. Crepe Bar

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7520 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 247-8012
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Crepe Bar is the brainchild of Food Network’s Vegas Chef Prizefight runner-up, chef Jeffrey Kraus. Despite the unassuming view from the outside, there’s a charm to its simple interior: artwork from local artists and merchandise from local vendors are available for purchase. Kraus fell in love with the delicate dessert when he had a Nutella crepe in France, a version of which he offers at his restaurant. The menu features one column of sweet crepes and one column of savory crepes, plus a vegan and vegetarian section to accommodate a wider dining audience. Portions are generous.

11. Over Easy Breakfast and Lunch

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2398 E Camelback Rd #150
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 687-7456
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This is the place to go to for food that brings maximum comfort. Chef Aaron May, originally from Chicago, created Over Easy to bring Midwest diner-style hearty meals to the Valley. There are also light options like egg white omelets, but the portions are still plentiful. Over Easy stays local with the ingredients: the bacon is from here; the sausage is made locally. Everything is made from scratch: muffins, hash browns, and gravy, which dresses the chicken fried steak that the chef tops with an egg. The restaurant serves Press Coffee from a local roaster with characteristic smooth flavor.

12. The Social on 83rd

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8350 W Paradise Ln
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 486-4343
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Located in the West Valley, Social on 83rd offers a brunch experience. Though the menu fits on one page, it has more than enough options: The pastry strudel is a gourmet play on pop tarts that changes weekly based on seasonal ingredients and chef’s creativity. Occasionally, the homemade puff pastry is filled with lemon curd and served with blueberry coulis. (There should be a mandate for all pop tarts to taste like this.) Some savory options include avocado toast, chilaquiles, country fried New York strip steak, and burritos. Then there are the drinks, which Social is known for. “Brunch Concoctions” has a whole section dedicated just to the mimosa, which is made with a mix of fruit juices and purees.

13. Fàme Caffe

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4700 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 314-4660
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This place is casual but trendy. Owners Maria and Ivan O’Farrill studied at the two top culinary institutes in the U.S. (He graduated from Culinary Institute of America; she from French Culinary Institute). They decided to bring “breakfast on a different level” to Phoenix by opening Fàme Caffe, which offers locally sourced, farm-to-table dishes. Order at the counter (after standing in a line), grab a number, and the food will come to you. Naturally, the pandemic has interrupted the routine somewhat, but both indoor and outdoor seating are available.

14. Prep & Pastry

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7025 E Via Soleri Dr #175
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 477-1502
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Prep & Pastry was born in Tucson, but now Scottsdale has its sister restaurant near Fashion Square. The interior is light and bright, while a number of items on the menu pique curiosity: dossant (a cross between donut and croissant), cast iron duck confit, chickpea scramble, and chef Kayla’s call in the French toast section. The shakshuka is a great choice as is the Monte Cristo, made with a twist — honey-roasted ham and Swiss cheese with pineapple jalapeno mascarpone inside herb brioche French toast.

15. T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

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5200 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 808-0766
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Located at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. T. Cook’s impresses with its ambience, derived from its Spanish colonial design and views of the courtyard. Weather permitting, sit outside and take in the wonder of the Camelback Mountain while enjoying brunch dishes that include huevos rancheros, steel cut oatmeal brulee, and hearty brioche French toast. Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured grounds prior to leaving — it’s sight to behold.

16. Morning Glory Cafe

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6106 S 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 276-8804
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Morning Glory Cafe is nestled in the Farm at South Mountain, an oasis in the middle of Phoenix. Turn into the farm’s road and the city disappears: Surrounded by trees, the only noise one hears is the crunch of the gravel under the wheels. At the end of the road, a small outdoor dining area appears with picnic tables and chairs spaced for safety on the patio. Chef Dustin Christofolo, the farm owner’s son, runs all three of the farm’s restaurants, which offer literal farm-to-table food and seasonal choices. Since the pandemic began, the cafe has stopped table service, so pick up your food at the counter and enjoy it at one of the available picnic tables. Morning Glory is seasonal and closes from the end of June to the end of August. Check the website for exact dates.

17. JL Patisserie

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4700 N Central Ave #121
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(480) 859-4459
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French-trained chef Jenna Leurquin is the creative force behind this lovely cafe. She bakes and her husband, Scott Spiewak, complements the food with his coffee creations. The couple chose the coffee to balance the buttery pastries. From quiches to sandwiches made with in-house bread and croissants, there is something for everyone. Come alone or with friends and savor every bite. When it comes to food at JL Patisserie, there are no wrong choices. But the almond croissant and a latte make great pairings to a good book in the shop’s cozy corner. On the way out, consider grabbing a baguette. Leurquin makes the best baguettes de tradition.

18. Ollie Vaughn's

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1526 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 254-1392
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Hidden in plain sight, Ollie Vaughn’s is small and unassuming. Enter into an L-shaped space with the counter and mouth-watering pastries ahead. It’s more Portland than Phoenix. The menu is on a roll of butcher paper hanging on the right wall. When it changes every other week, the staff stamps the new menu letter by letter. It’s a brick wall, wood beam, and exposed duct ceilings-type of space, but the industrial feel is balanced with bowls of apples and pie beans on the counter. The patio has two walls of planters filled with foliage and herbs. The herbs are used in the restaurant’s recipes. All pastries are made in-house. The ingredients are sourced locally. Aside from good food, Ollie Vaughn’s has some of the kindest staff.

19. Valentine

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4130 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 612-2961
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Whether a local or a visitor, be sure to put Valentine on the “to-try” list. It offers a true taste of Arizona. The chef uses desert ingredients like mesquite, prickly pear, amaranth, and tepary beans in cocktails and cuisine — and he’s brilliant at developing flavors. The brunch menu fits on half a page, which is a sign of a good restaurant: a few excellent dishes rather than pages of average quality items. For a savory dish with a bottomless layer of flavors, try steak and eggs. For sweet, order the churro waffle. The fun, playful entree comes with mesquite chai spice, dulce de leche, and a dollop of whip.

 

20. Sugar Jam the Southern Kitchen

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15111 N Hayden Rd Suite 170
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 948-6210
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For those who want a Southern breakfast, this is the place to go. Owner and chef Dana Dumas loves to bring people together and cook for them. Her regular customers have been with her for years. The restaurant is open and light, its industrial vibe softened by bistro decor. Reservations are a must on the weekends. With a DJ spinning music, this place is bustling with energy. People are either moving in their seats or dancing as they stand at the bar or bakery. The menu makes it hard to decide. Choose one item and promise to go back and try others. Food portions are more than generous. Bring a healthy appetite or get a to-go box. After brunch, take one of her pies or a few of her famous cookies home to satisfy future cravings.

1. Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Paradise Valley’s Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn is perhaps the most elegant brunch option in town. With six acres of lush landscaping, Sunday brunch has an added charm with panoramic views from the patio. Huevos rancheros, shrimp and blue crab Louis salad, and bananas Foster waffles deliver in taste and presentation.

5532 N Palo Cristi Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

2. Essence Bakery Cafe

3830 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos leans into a French menu at Essence Bakery Cafe, with dishes like quiche Lorraine, brioche French toast, and scrambled eggs with Parisian flair. Local artwork decorates the walls and patrons can enjoy a quiet brunch while reading the newspaper. Smart diners save room for a pastry to savor later — the chocolate croissant is a local favorite.

3830 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018

3. Hash Kitchen Arcadia

4315 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Hash Kitchen in Chandler is a chic and festive brunch spot that speaks to bloody mary drinkers in the group. With a build-your-own bloody mary bar, customers can feel free to create a personalized cocktail. They can pair this custom drink with a choice of gourmet hashes, homemade buttermilk biscuits, and waffles.

4315 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018

4. The Henry

4455 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

There is an option to grab a quick coffee at the Henry, but that would be a mistake. During brunch, the restaurant has a bloody mary cart and the menu is dedicated to unexpected surprises. Highlights include caramel apple French toast, chicken-fried chicken (prepared in a similar style to chicken-fried steak), and a rancheros breakfast bowl.

4455 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018

5. Snooze an A.M. Eatery

615 S College Ave #103, Tempe, AZ 85281

Don’t be fooled by the name: Tempe’s Snooze A.M. Eatery has a hip vibe with retro-bright orange seating that comes across cool and comfortable. The menu is divided into festive categories like “Flavors from the hen,” “The art of hollandaise,” and “Sweet utopia.” Those who don’t know which pancake to choose can order a flight, which includes sweet potato, pineapple upside-down, and cherries jubilee pancakes.

615 S College Ave #103
Tempe, AZ 85281

6. Matt's Big Breakfast

400 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Owner Matt Pool takes his job as owner seriously and will personally greet patrons as they enter the restaurant. Open since 2004, Matt’s Big Breakfast focuses on brunch fundamentals. The big draw is their exceptional takes on American classics like cheese omelets, griddle cakes, and steel-cut oats.

400 E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281

7. Arcadia Farms Cafe

7014 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Arcadia Farms Cafe’s team is interested in building communities around the food they serve. Since this is its mission, most of the ingredients are sourced locally. Highlights on the menu include peach French toast casserole, crab cake Benedict, and strawberry chicken salad. Southern peach iced tea helps wash everything down easy.

7014 E 1st Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

8. SumoMaya

6560 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

For a Mexican-Asian experience, Scottsdale’s Sumomaya is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind bottomless brunch option. A basket of pan dulce and elote pastry make for a good beginning. Entree highlights include Waygu steak and eggs and pork al pastor pad thai.

6560 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

9. Copper 48

366 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Copper 48 is one of the more upscale restaurants in Gilbert. Brunch is all about the meat options and the menu features octopus and pork ragu. Hand-rolled pasta and mimosa flights round out the menu.

366 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234

10. Crepe Bar

7520 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283

Crepe Bar is the brainchild of Food Network’s Vegas Chef Prizefight runner-up, chef Jeffrey Kraus. Despite the unassuming view from the outside, there’s a charm to its simple interior: artwork from local artists and merchandise from local vendors are available for purchase. Kraus fell in love with the delicate dessert when he had a Nutella crepe in France, a version of which he offers at his restaurant. The menu features one column of sweet crepes and one column of savory crepes, plus a vegan and vegetarian section to accommodate a wider dining audience. Portions are generous.

7520 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ 85283

11. Over Easy Breakfast and Lunch

2398 E Camelback Rd #150, Phoenix, AZ 85016

This is the place to go to for food that brings maximum comfort. Chef Aaron May, originally from Chicago, created Over Easy to bring Midwest diner-style hearty meals to the Valley. There are also light options like egg white omelets, but the portions are still plentiful. Over Easy stays local with the ingredients: the bacon is from here; the sausage is made locally. Everything is made from scratch: muffins, hash browns, and gravy, which dresses the chicken fried steak that the chef tops with an egg. The restaurant serves Press Coffee from a local roaster with characteristic smooth flavor.

2398 E Camelback Rd #150
Phoenix, AZ 85016

12. The Social on 83rd

8350 W Paradise Ln, Peoria, AZ 85382

Located in the West Valley, Social on 83rd offers a brunch experience. Though the menu fits on one page, it has more than enough options: The pastry strudel is a gourmet play on pop tarts that changes weekly based on seasonal ingredients and chef’s creativity. Occasionally, the homemade puff pastry is filled with lemon curd and served with blueberry coulis. (There should be a mandate for all pop tarts to taste like this.) Some savory options include avocado toast, chilaquiles, country fried New York strip steak, and burritos. Then there are the drinks, which Social is known for. “Brunch Concoctions” has a whole section dedicated just to the mimosa, which is made with a mix of fruit juices and purees.

8350 W Paradise Ln
Peoria, AZ 85382

13. Fàme Caffe

4700 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

This place is casual but trendy. Owners Maria and Ivan O’Farrill studied at the two top culinary institutes in the U.S. (He graduated from Culinary Institute of America; she from French Culinary Institute). They decided to bring “breakfast on a different level” to Phoenix by opening Fàme Caffe, which offers locally sourced, farm-to-table dishes. Order at the counter (after standing in a line), grab a number, and the food will come to you. Naturally, the pandemic has interrupted the routine somewhat, but both indoor and outdoor seating are available.

4700 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

14. Prep & Pastry

7025 E Via Soleri Dr #175, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Prep & Pastry was born in Tucson, but now Scottsdale has its sister restaurant near Fashion Square. The interior is light and bright, while a number of items on the menu pique curiosity: dossant (a cross between donut and croissant), cast iron duck confit, chickpea scramble, and chef Kayla’s call in the French toast section. The shakshuka is a great choice as is the Monte Cristo, made with a twist — honey-roasted ham and Swiss cheese with pineapple jalapeno mascarpone inside herb brioche French toast.

7025 E Via Soleri Dr #175
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

15. T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Located at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. T. Cook’s impresses with its ambience, derived from its Spanish colonial design and views of the courtyard. Weather permitting, sit outside and take in the wonder of the Camelback Mountain while enjoying brunch dishes that include huevos rancheros, steel cut oatmeal brulee, and hearty brioche French toast. Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured grounds prior to leaving — it’s sight to behold.

5200 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018

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16. Morning Glory Cafe

6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Morning Glory Cafe is nestled in the Farm at South Mountain, an oasis in the middle of Phoenix. Turn into the farm’s road and the city disappears: Surrounded by trees, the only noise one hears is the crunch of the gravel under the wheels. At the end of the road, a small outdoor dining area appears with picnic tables and chairs spaced for safety on the patio. Chef Dustin Christofolo, the farm owner’s son, runs all three of the farm’s restaurants, which offer literal farm-to-table food and seasonal choices. Since the pandemic began, the cafe has stopped table service, so pick up your food at the counter and enjoy it at one of the available picnic tables. Morning Glory is seasonal and closes from the end of June to the end of August. Check the website for exact dates.

6106 S 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85042

17. JL Patisserie

4700 N Central Ave #121, Phoenix, AZ 85012

French-trained chef Jenna Leurquin is the creative force behind this lovely cafe. She bakes and her husband, Scott Spiewak, complements the food with his coffee creations. The couple chose the coffee to balance the buttery pastries. From quiches to sandwiches made with in-house bread and croissants, there is something for everyone. Come alone or with friends and savor every bite. When it comes to food at JL Patisserie, there are no wrong choices. But the almond croissant and a latte make great pairings to a good book in the shop’s cozy corner. On the way out, consider grabbing a baguette. Leurquin makes the best baguettes de tradition.

4700 N Central Ave #121
Phoenix, AZ 85012

18. Ollie Vaughn's

1526 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Hidden in plain sight, Ollie Vaughn’s is small and unassuming. Enter into an L-shaped space with the counter and mouth-watering pastries ahead. It’s more Portland than Phoenix. The menu is on a roll of butcher paper hanging on the right wall. When it changes every other week, the staff stamps the new menu letter by letter. It’s a brick wall, wood beam, and exposed duct ceilings-type of space, but the industrial feel is balanced with bowls of apples and pie beans on the counter. The patio has two walls of planters filled with foliage and herbs. The herbs are used in the restaurant’s recipes. All pastries are made in-house. The ingredients are sourced locally. Aside from good food, Ollie Vaughn’s has some of the kindest staff.

1526 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

19. Valentine

4130 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Whether a local or a visitor, be sure to put Valentine on the “to-try” list. It offers a true taste of Arizona. The chef uses desert ingredients like mesquite, prickly pear, amaranth, and tepary beans in cocktails and cuisine — and he’s brilliant at developing flavors. The brunch menu fits on half a page, which is a sign of a good restaurant: a few excellent dishes rather than pages of average quality items. For a savory dish with a bottomless layer of flavors, try steak and eggs. For sweet, order the churro waffle. The fun, playful entree comes with mesquite chai spice, dulce de leche, and a dollop of whip.

 

4130 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013

20. Sugar Jam the Southern Kitchen

15111 N Hayden Rd Suite 170, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

For those who want a Southern breakfast, this is the place to go. Owner and chef Dana Dumas loves to bring people together and cook for them. Her regular customers have been with her for years. The restaurant is open and light, its industrial vibe softened by bistro decor. Reservations are a must on the weekends. With a DJ spinning music, this place is bustling with energy. People are either moving in their seats or dancing as they stand at the bar or bakery. The menu makes it hard to decide. Choose one item and promise to go back and try others. Food portions are more than generous. Bring a healthy appetite or get a to-go box. After brunch, take one of her pies or a few of her famous cookies home to satisfy future cravings.

15111 N Hayden Rd Suite 170
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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