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French toast at Matt’s Big Breakfast.
Matt’s Big Breakfast

14 Phoenix Brunches Worth Waking Up For

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

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French toast at Matt’s Big Breakfast.
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Brunch is the perfect meal – not too early, but early enough in the day that sipping a few mimosas won’t risk a Monday morning hangover. Plus, the best of both worlds come together at the brunch table – whether you’re wanting to bite into a sugary sweet stack of pancakes or a savory breakfast burrito.

Thankfully, Phoenix’s culinary experts have you covered with everything from classic American breakfast dishes to French crepes or a Southwest-inspired scramble.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Social on 83rd

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Located in the West Valley, Social on 83rd offers a brunch experience. The entire brunch menu fits on one page, but it has more than enough options. The house-made pastry strudel, a gourmet play on pop tarts that changes weekly based on seasonal ingredients and the chef’s creativity, occasionally comes 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. Plus, mimosas make up an entire menu section. Brunch lands on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A live DJ spins on the patio starting at 10 a.m.

Sugar Jam the Southern Kitchen

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Owner and chef Dana Dumas draws a crowd of regulars, many who’ve been coming to this spacious, light-filled restaurant for years to enjoy Dumas’s extremely generous portions of Southern morning staples like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and grits . This open, light cafe has an industrial vibe that’s softened by bistro decor. With a DJ spinning music, it bustles with energy as diners dance in their seats or at the bar or bakery counter. The trick is to arrive with a healthy appetite and leave with a to-go box (or a whole pie to satisfy future cravings). Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday. Friday brunch includes a DJ from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scramble, a Breakfast & Lunch Joint

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Scramble offers all-day breakfast made easy with quick counter service; a cheery, dog-friendly patio (with menu selections for the pups too); and a delicious, no utensils required breakfast pizza known as a “brizza.” Plus, there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, so it’s an instant favorite, even for the pickiest of eaters.

SumoMaya

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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 mini churros make for a good beginning. Entree highlights include the carne asada scramble and pork al pastor pad Thai. Unlimited shared plates and desserts, plus one entree per diner, is $35 per person at this vibrant spot. Bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas, micheladas, or draft beer runs an additional $20 per guest, with refills for a penny. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

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Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley is perhaps the most elegant brunch option in town. Panoramic views from the patio that overlook six acres of lush landscaping add charm to weekend brunch, which starts at 7 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Meanwhile huevos rancheros, freshly baked monkey bread, and bananas Foster French toast deliver in taste and presentation.

Over Easy Breakfast and Lunch

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This is the place to go to for food that brings maximum comfort. Chef Aaron May, originally from Chicago, brings hearty Midwest diner-style meals to the Valley, though the plentiful portions also extend to lighter options like egg white omelets. Locally made ingredients like sausage and bacon take center stage, as do house-made muffins, hash browns, and gravy. The restaurant serves locally roasted Press Coffee, known for a characteristically smooth flavor. It opens at 6:30 a.m. daily.

Fàme Caffe

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This casual, trendy counter-service cafe from owners Maria and Ivan O’Farrill aims to bring “breakfast on a different level” to Phoenix with locally sourced, farm-to-table dishes. Both owners studied at top U.S. culinary schools and it shows in dishes like the French toast and eggs Benedict. Fàme opens daily at 7 a.m.

T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

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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, and hearty French toast. Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured grounds prior to leaving — it’s sight to behold. Brunch runs from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.

Prep & Pastry

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Tucson-born Prep & Pastry’s sister restaurant in Scottsdale (near Fashion Square) sports a bright, sunlight-drenched, white-washed interior. A number of items on the menu pique curiosity: dossant (a cross between donut and croissant), cast iron duck confit, chickpea scramble, and a daily French toast option. The shakshuka is a great choice as is the spin on the Monte Cristo, made with honey-roasted ham, Swiss cheese, and pineapple and jalapeño mascarpone inside herb brioche French toast. The Scottsdale location starts serving daily at 8 a.m.

Valentine

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Whether a local or a visitor, Valentine should make the list of places to try. It offers a true taste of Arizona with both a food and beverage menu incorporating desert ingredients like mesquite, prickly pear, amaranth, and tepary beans in cocktails and cuisine — and chef Donald Hawk’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 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. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 on open days.

 

Hash Kitchen Arcadia

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Arcadia’s chic and festive brunch spot speaks to the bloody Mary drinkers in the group. With a BYO bloody Mary bar, customers create a personalized cocktail to pair with choices like gourmet hashes, housemade buttermilk biscuits, and waffles. Brunch is served daily starting at 7 a.m.

Arcadia Farms Cafe

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With a commitment to build communities around the food it serves, this Scottsdale restaurant sources most of its ingredients 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. Brunch is served Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Matt's Big Breakfast

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Open since 2004, this downtown Phoenix staple focuses on brunch fundamentals with exceptional takes on American classics like cheese omelets, griddle cakes, and steel-cut oats. Owner Matt Pool takes his job seriously, personally greeting patrons as they enter the restaurant.

Crepe Bar

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The brainchild of Food Network’s Vegas Chef Prizefight runner-up Jeffrey Kraus, Kraus fell in love with the delicate French dessert when he had a Nutella crepe in France, a version of which he offers at his restaurant. The menu features generous portions of both sweet and savory crepes, plus plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Despite the unassuming exterior, the simple interior charms with a collection of local artwork and merchandise for sale. Opening hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Social on 83rd

Located in the West Valley, Social on 83rd offers a brunch experience. The entire brunch menu fits on one page, but it has more than enough options. The house-made pastry strudel, a gourmet play on pop tarts that changes weekly based on seasonal ingredients and the chef’s creativity, occasionally comes 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. Plus, mimosas make up an entire menu section. Brunch lands on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A live DJ spins on the patio starting at 10 a.m.

Sugar Jam the Southern Kitchen

Owner and chef Dana Dumas draws a crowd of regulars, many who’ve been coming to this spacious, light-filled restaurant for years to enjoy Dumas’s extremely generous portions of Southern morning staples like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and grits . This open, light cafe has an industrial vibe that’s softened by bistro decor. With a DJ spinning music, it bustles with energy as diners dance in their seats or at the bar or bakery counter. The trick is to arrive with a healthy appetite and leave with a to-go box (or a whole pie to satisfy future cravings). Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday. Friday brunch includes a DJ from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scramble, a Breakfast & Lunch Joint

Scramble offers all-day breakfast made easy with quick counter service; a cheery, dog-friendly patio (with menu selections for the pups too); and a delicious, no utensils required breakfast pizza known as a “brizza.” Plus, there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, so it’s an instant favorite, even for the pickiest of eaters.

SumoMaya

For a Mexican Asian experience, Scottsdale’s SumoMaya is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind bottomless brunch option. A basket of pan dulce and mini churros make for a good beginning. Entree highlights include the carne asada scramble and pork al pastor pad Thai. Unlimited shared plates and desserts, plus one entree per diner, is $35 per person at this vibrant spot. Bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas, micheladas, or draft beer runs an additional $20 per guest, with refills for a penny. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley is perhaps the most elegant brunch option in town. Panoramic views from the patio that overlook six acres of lush landscaping add charm to weekend brunch, which starts at 7 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Meanwhile huevos rancheros, freshly baked monkey bread, and bananas Foster French toast deliver in taste and presentation.

Over Easy Breakfast and Lunch

This is the place to go to for food that brings maximum comfort. Chef Aaron May, originally from Chicago, brings hearty Midwest diner-style meals to the Valley, though the plentiful portions also extend to lighter options like egg white omelets. Locally made ingredients like sausage and bacon take center stage, as do house-made muffins, hash browns, and gravy. The restaurant serves locally roasted Press Coffee, known for a characteristically smooth flavor. It opens at 6:30 a.m. daily.

Fàme Caffe

This casual, trendy counter-service cafe from owners Maria and Ivan O’Farrill aims to bring “breakfast on a different level” to Phoenix with locally sourced, farm-to-table dishes. Both owners studied at top U.S. culinary schools and it shows in dishes like the French toast and eggs Benedict. Fàme opens daily at 7 a.m.

T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

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, and hearty French toast. Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured grounds prior to leaving — it’s sight to behold. Brunch runs from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.

Prep & Pastry

Tucson-born Prep & Pastry’s sister restaurant in Scottsdale (near Fashion Square) sports a bright, sunlight-drenched, white-washed interior. A number of items on the menu pique curiosity: dossant (a cross between donut and croissant), cast iron duck confit, chickpea scramble, and a daily French toast option. The shakshuka is a great choice as is the spin on the Monte Cristo, made with honey-roasted ham, Swiss cheese, and pineapple and jalapeño mascarpone inside herb brioche French toast. The Scottsdale location starts serving daily at 8 a.m.

Valentine

Whether a local or a visitor, Valentine should make the list of places to try. It offers a true taste of Arizona with both a food and beverage menu incorporating desert ingredients like mesquite, prickly pear, amaranth, and tepary beans in cocktails and cuisine — and chef Donald Hawk’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 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. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 on open days.

 

Hash Kitchen Arcadia

Arcadia’s chic and festive brunch spot speaks to the bloody Mary drinkers in the group. With a BYO bloody Mary bar, customers create a personalized cocktail to pair with choices like gourmet hashes, housemade buttermilk biscuits, and waffles. Brunch is served daily starting at 7 a.m.

Arcadia Farms Cafe

With a commitment to build communities around the food it serves, this Scottsdale restaurant sources most of its ingredients 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. Brunch is served Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Matt's Big Breakfast

Open since 2004, this downtown Phoenix staple focuses on brunch fundamentals with exceptional takes on American classics like cheese omelets, griddle cakes, and steel-cut oats. Owner Matt Pool takes his job seriously, personally greeting patrons as they enter the restaurant.

Crepe Bar

The brainchild of Food Network’s Vegas Chef Prizefight runner-up Jeffrey Kraus, Kraus fell in love with the delicate French dessert when he had a Nutella crepe in France, a version of which he offers at his restaurant. The menu features generous portions of both sweet and savory crepes, plus plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Despite the unassuming exterior, the simple interior charms with a collection of local artwork and merchandise for sale. Opening hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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