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Dueling luncheonettes

For breakfast, Deyo makes thick, stick-to-your-ribs pancakes, either plain or chocolate chip, and by the time you finish the latter, you'll think you've eaten a whole Hershey bar. Sausage is a fat Schreiner's link, and the OJ is fresh and pulpy. The egg sandwiches are the best, on a buttered, grilled roll with bacon or sausage and awesome eggs loaded with scallions.

Deyo's hamburger kicks some serious hiney, the beef having been mixed with sea salt and black pepper, and the patty itself basted with jus into which various herbs and spices have been mixed. The fries are from potatoes prepped on the premises, and still bear strips of tuber skin. For a bevvy, you could go with a Mexican Coca-Cola, made with cane sugar, or with my preference, a root beer float made with Mary Coyle's vanilla ice cream and Sparky's, a microbrewed root beer from California. The only thing close to the fuzzy-headed high I've gotten from this burger-fries-float trifecta is the one I obtain from Deyo's fritters, deep-fried batter, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served with maple syrup. Good thing Peter's married, or I might start making goo-goo eyes at him. I'm not sure if you can call him cute, but my stomach is most certainly infatuated.

Cuter than thou: Matt's Big Breakfast may be a chick 
magnet . . .
Jackie Mercandetti
Cuter than thou: Matt's Big Breakfast may be a chick magnet . . .
. . . but it's the Welcome Diner that will woo your belly.
Jackie Mercandetti
. . . but it's the Welcome Diner that will woo your belly.

Location Info


Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Phoenix


Matt's Big Breakfast Griddlecakes: $6
Chicken sandwich: $7
Cheese omelet: $6.50
Big Butter Burger: $7

602-254-1074. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (breakfast all day; lunch from 11 a.m.); closed Monday.

Welcome Diner
Two pancakes with scrambled egg, slice of bacon, coffee and juice: $7.50
Egg sandwich, coffee and fruit sliver: $4.75
Hamburger with fries and drink: $8
Fritters: $3.75

602-495-1111. Hours: Monday through Saturday, breakfast, 7 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday.


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