Brunch is a time to relax with friends and family – and to avoid the hard decision between having breakfast or lunch. It’s the perfect compromise, with menu options that include eggs, sandwiches, mimosas, muffins, pancakes, steak and tacos. Below is a list of the 10 coolest and most popular places to grab brunch in Phoenix, Arizona.
Located on the grounds of The Farm At South Mountain, a property that hosts Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) events, farm-to-table dining, and even weddings, the Morning Glory Café’s beauty and atmosphere is unbeatable. Sit under the umbrella, enjoy the buzz of the others around, and experience another side of brunch among the trees and soft warm breeze at Morning Glory. The farm burrito is a fine example of how the local ingredients make such a huge impact on flavor and quality of a dish. The combination of scrambled eggs with refried Arizona tepary beans, locally sourced ham and cheddar, encased in a locally made flour tortilla and accompanied by house-made salsa and farm home fries is delectable. For something on the sweeter side, the brioche French toast is superb; fluffy French toast is topped with sautéed bananas, caramel, candied Arizona pecans and syrup.
Do not let 32 SHEA’s unique location – in the middle of a strip mall’s parking lot – deceive you; this is one of the most popular and reasonably priced brunches in Phoenix. Customers have the choice to dine inside, outside, or take their drive through option. The patio is a spacious little garden complete with fountains and plants, or there is the option to sit in the cosy and charming interior. Start with a homemade strawberry and nutella muffin and a perfectly prepared latte, or dive right in with their egg white bite – egg whites, spinach and feta served with a side of tomato or whole wheat toast. When leaning more toward lunch, the OMG sandwich combines prosciutto, mascarpone, figs and honey on toasted ciabatta. No matter what is ordered, 32 Shea is sure to impress.
The city of Phoenix is no stranger to Tex-mex and traditional American menus, Chelsea’s Kitchen plays with these cuisines to create a reasonably priced brunch menu for a variety of preferences. The shrimp ceviche is a perfect healthy option for sharing with friends while indulging in bottomless mimosas. When looking for a hands-on dish, the grilled swordfish taco platter is hardwood-grilled and ‘guaranteed best in town’. The huevos rancheros have an ideal balance of vegetables, cheese and eggs. Substitute egg whites and forgo the cheese for a healthy and hearty meal. The brunch menu even includes a rotisserie prime rib with slow roasted, mashed potatoes, vegetables and horseradish. Whether relaxing on the patio or inside, Chelsea’s Kitchen’s casual atmosphere and fresh, high quality ingredients will please any palate.
Locals love Matt’s Big Breakfast, and so does the TV show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Guy Fieri’s episode Big Breakfast features their waffles made from scratch, the thick-cut peppered bacon, rosemary potatoes and fresh squeezed orange juice on the daily menu. The restaurant may be small and the line to get a table may be long, but it is worth every elbow bump and minute waited. Using the freshest ingredients – locally sourced when possible – everything is made literally by hand. With no mixers, no microwaves and no freezers, only cage-free eggs and extra virgin olive oil or real butter, this old-fashioned style diner has something delicious for everyone. Whether going with the pork chop, waffle or oatmeal, prepare to be wowed.
Phoenix City Grille’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, its overwhelmingly positive reviews on Urban Spoon, and membership in Local First Arizona all validate the fact that this place has one of the best brunches in town. The restaurant focuses on using products that are grown and produced locally in Arizona, and even list some of their sources on their main page. Try the griddled corn cakes with jack cheese, a choice of chicken, bacon or smoked ham, black beans, brunch potatoes and pure maple syrup – or the veggie Benedict with brunch potatoes and fresh fruit. When feeling extra adventurous, check out the chef’s choice, an item that changes every week. For something smaller, go for the maple bacon glazed cinnamon roll or the carne asada tacos. The drink options are extensive, so finding the right beverage to compliment any entree is easy.
Postino’s brunch menu features only seven entree items because they believe in quality over quantity. Side plates and drinks are available and listed later in the menu, but when looking at just the brunch options customers can see the dedication each dish receives. The farm scramble joins together roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, fresh eggs, herbs, onions, gruyère and white cheddar cheeses – one of the best scrambles in the city. The grilled focaccia is made with herbed-butter-poached asparagus, tomato salad and two over-easy eggs, served with fluffy slices of focaccia. Wash everything down with a French press pot of coffee, the cucumber-honey lemonade, or dive head first into brunch with their signature Postino mimosa. When heading there on a Sunday, check out the live music on the patio from 11 am to 2 pm to truly get into brunch mode.
Saint Francis is truly a success because of the strong family bonds everyone shares. While owners Aaron and Dave Chamberlin are brothers, everyone who is part of the staff is treated like family and this collaboration has lead to monumental success for the restaurant, which offers a stellar brunch menu. Start with a pineapple sparkling lemonade and a fried egg sandwich with mozzarella, peppers, bacon, arugula and chipotle aïoli, and a side of fries. Another house favorite is the chicken salad sandwich with zatar, currants, pine nuts, arugula, tomato and lemon vinaigrette and a choice of fries or simple side salad. There are even options just for kids, and for those under the age of 10 the meal is on the house. Spend some time here, enjoy the live jazz music from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and admire the beautiful architectural transformation of this 1955 building.
Named for the historic Sierra Bonita Ranch in Southeastern Arizona, the Sierra Bonita Grill sticks to the state’s rich ranching heritage and Southwest traditions. The brunch menu is chocked full of hearty meals fit for a farm hand’s appetite at outstanding prices. Start with the red or green corn pork tamales, made with manchego cheese and salsa fresca, or the homemade guacamole made fresh daily in molcajetes and served with tortilla chips and three varieties of salsa. For the entree, try the verdes vaqueros – green chile beer biscuits with Schriener’s southwest smoked sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and smoked bacon. Hungry cowboys and cowgirls can enjoy burgers and salads as well, and wash it down with bottomless bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas, or an agua fresca.
The Henry is a place for everyone and every occasion. The straightforward menu can truly please any palate. The carrot cake pancakes come with salted pecans, golden raisins, and cream cheese icing, while the New Yorker is house-made corned beef paired with organic eggs cooked to order and gruyère cheese. The fried chicken can satisfy an insatiable craving and comes with fried eggs and a side of biscuits and gravy. Many brunch items at The Henry leave customers as full as they dare to be, so when looking for a lighter choice, try the Greek yogurt parfait with granola and fresh berries or the brûléed pink grapefruit topped with brown sugar. With brunch, enjoy the industrial and classic decors that mesh in a space that can only be described as breath-taking.
Vovomeena’s charm and friendly staff is surpassed only by their menu. The Mexican Benedict starts with two ‘masa based saucers’ called gorditas. From there, Vovomeena adds chorizo, tomato, cilantro and poached eggs, then smothers the stacks in hollandaise sauce and serves it up with a side of potatoes. When looking for a more traditional brunch option, look no further than the biscuits and gravy. The biscuits are made with homemade buttermilk, topped with Hector’s white sausage gravy and two eggs. If looking for something sweet, grab a homemade scone or a piece of bourbon and caramel coffee cake and pair it with a cup of their freshly brewed coffee.