Fellow foodies, you heard it here first: Phoenix is an amazing city for breakfast food. Whether you’re hankering for feathery pastries, a clever breakfast sandwich, or hearty biscuits and gravy, and whether you want a quiet coffee shop or a lively brunch party, this guide will get you to your brunch paradise. So feel free to sleep in, roll out of bed, and try some of the best brunch in Phoenix.
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11. Morning Kick
Breakfast burrito lovers unite at Morning Kick! What started as a food truck (which can still be found on weekends at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market) has become a friendly, family-run establishment in Chandler, and they are serious about breakfast burritos. All burritos are stuffed with tots, scrambled eggs, and a variety of meat and cheese. We love the carne asada, or for something with a bit more of a ‘morning’ kick, go for the chorizo with green chile sauce. They also make a handful of salsas, so if you want to add a bit of flavor, grab a side of their chipotle aioli!
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Mexican
3076 E Chandler Heights Rd Suite 101, Gilbert, AZ 85298
10. Prep & Pastry
Looking for a cute spot for a girls’ brunch? Head to Prep and Pastry! Not only do we love the chic atmosphere here, we, of course, love the food. Start by checking out whatever’s in the pastry case. The selection varies according to whatever chef Kayla is whipping up, like the pictured blueberry pancake donut, but go early for the best pickings (the croissant donuts sell out quick!) For the mains, we love the guac toast, which is anything but basic with pickled onion, radish, and chipotle crema. And there’s Prep’s breakfast sammie with thick bacon, two types of cheese, and tomato aioli on a made-in-house English muffin. The side of smashed roasted potatoes is also delish.
Prep & Pastry
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, American (New), Cocktail Bars
7025 E Via Soleri Dr #175, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9. La Grande Orange
With their breakfast menu available until 5 pm, La Grande Orange, or LGO, is the perfect spot for a lazy weekend brunch. You’re here for the commuter sandwich, a simple but absolutely delish breakfast sandwich served on a housemade fluffy English muffin. It comes with your choice of meat or avocado, but we recommend upgrading to both because why make any more hard choices in life than necessary?
8. Joe’s Farm Grill
Known for their locally sourced (re: homegrown ingredients), we’ve already talked about our love of Joe’s for their burgers and fries, but they also offer some of the best brunch in Phoenix. Don’t expect anything over the top here, their motto is “common food done uncommonly well and that’s exactly what you get. We love the chicken and waffles, with hand-breaded chicken tenders and a maple honey mustard sauce – this is what dreams are made of.
Joe’s Farm Grill
$$$$ American (Traditional), Pizza, Breakfast & Brunch
3000 E Ray Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296
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Creativity and skill meet at Vovomeena, named for the owner’s Portuguese grandmother, this trendy cafe is a favorite for a creative breakfast in midtown. Choose from a variety of eclectic breakfast dishes, but if you are an eggs benedict lover, the choice is easy: the Mexican benedict. This dish gives eggs benedict a southwestern flair with savory pork chorizo and is topped with a pair of sopes (thick, fried masa shells) instead of English muffins, which compliment the flavor and soak up the sauce.
$$$$ Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
1515 N 7th Ave UNIT 170, Phoenix, AZ 85007
6. Worth Takeaway
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we are obsessed with Worth Takeaway in Downtown Mesa (if you’re new, check here, here, and here), so it’s no surprise that they also serve some of the best brunch in Phoenix. Breakfast is only available over the weekend, and the breakfast menu is small, but you can’t go wrong! Our go-to is the gooey, cheesy Croque Madame sandwich with sourdough bread, smoked ham, white cheddar, dijonnaise, and an over-easy egg. You can also grab an amazing breakfast burrito; our personal fave is the California breakfast burrito.
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, American (New)
218 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Shout out to our Canadian readers! OEB is a Canadian breakfast chain with a distant location in Scottsdale, and we are so lucky to have them in the desert. What sets OEB apart is its breakfast poutine, a truly Canadian dish. Trust us when we say it is a must-try. Our fave poutine is called Soul in a Bowl, a mix of duck-fat fried potatoes, thick bacon lardons, poached eggs, and fresh cheese curds topped with brown butter hollandaise sauce. Each individual ingredient is incredible (the potatoes are some of the best breakfast potatoes we’ve had), so all together, it’s a magical dish. The avocado toast is also one of our go-to’s.
OEB Breakfast Co.
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch
17757 N Scottsdale Rd #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
4. Ollie Vaughn’s
The quaint Ollie Vaughn’s offers a little slice of peace in the middle of busy Midtown and some of the best brunch in Phoenix. Before you order, take a few minutes to look over the scrumptious selection of pastries in the bakery case and pick at least one sweet thing to compliment your meal. For your main dish, go for the biscuits and gravy, the best biscuits and gravy in Phoenix: it’s a familiar favorite, but taken to a new level with a more complex, peppery, sausage gravy and a practically perfect homemade biscuit. If you order a glass of orange juice, head back to the patio (a lovely little oasis) to enjoy breakfast under the very orange trees your drink was picked from.
$$$$ Sandwiches, Bakeries, Coffee & Tea
1526 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
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3. Fàme Caffe
For some of the very best brunch in Phoenix, head to Fame Caffe, a friendly counter-service cafe in Uptown serving exceptional farm-to-table brunch. Fame draws from both Mexican and French influences (the owners are from Mexico but studied at a French Culinary Institute), so you can get both unbelievable chilaquiles and perfectly-executed pain perdu french toast in the same place. If you go for the chilaquiles, be sure to add chorizo – it takes this already impeccable dish to the next level.
$$$$ Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
4700 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
2. Sugar Jam Southern Kitchen
Craving brunch with a side of Southern hospitality? Head to Sugar Jam in North Scottsdale. This black-owned restaurant is not just welcoming but a full-blown party on the weekends with a DJ bumping nonstop throwback jams. You might catch the whole family working on a busy day, including the owner’s teenage sons. Come hungry; there are no options for a light breakfast. Our favorite dish is the fried chicken and Parisian French toast: the buttermilk fried chicken is moist and well-seasoned, and the French toast is crisp on the outside and covered in cinnamon and powdered sugar. Plus, it comes with their signature vanilla butter and pecan maple syrup on the side. We also love the brisket and biscuits (biscuits and gravy topped with a heaping pile of brisket) and the on-the-side herbed breakfast potatoes. Two warnings: you will need a reservation for the weekend, and you may never want to leave.
Sugar Jam Southern Kitchen
$$$$ Bakeries, Breakfast & Brunch, Southern
15111 N Hayden Rd Suite 170, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
1. Matt’s Big Breakfast
Matt’s Big Breakfast is a well-known Phoenix establishment, and for good reason: they serve the very best brunch in Phoenix. Don’t expect frills or fuss, but rather simple, perfectly-executed breakfast foods. They serve the best pancakes in The Valley; fluffy, sweet pancakes which are simultaneously elegant and down-to-earth, as pancakes should be. Craving something savory? Add a side of their thick, peppery bacon or order anything with chorizo such as the big papa burrito. There are four locations spread across The Valley, so there is no excuse not to try it.
Matt’s Big Breakfast
$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Salad, American (Traditional)
825 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004