10 Best Places for Brunch in Metro Phoenix

The "B.E.S.T." Breakfast Sandwich at Morning Glory Cafe is a toasted sandwich with bacon, egg, spinach, tomato, Gruyere cheese, and mayo.
The "B.E.S.T." Breakfast Sandwich at Morning Glory Cafe is a toasted sandwich with bacon, egg, spinach, tomato, Gruyere cheese, and mayo.
Jenny Zink

Why is it that people love brunch so much? Maybe it's because brunch doesn't make you stick to the typical mealtime restraints. Want eggs and a cocktail and a burger, all at once? At brunch, we can do that. Or maybe it's because it gives you a good excuse to order a cocktail (or three) in the middle of the day. In any case, the fact remains that combining breakfast and lunch into one meal was a very good idea.

Lucky for all you brunch lovers around town, there's no shortage of places to sit down for a solid mid-morning or midday meal in the Valley. Whether you're looking for a dark place to brunch away a hangover or an airy patio to enjoy with a cocktail in hand and a couple of friends, we've got the 10 best restaurants in Phoenix for brunch.

See also: 10 Best Doughnuts in Metro Phoenix

Bloody mary from Morning Glory Cafe is a real treat in simplicity.
Bloody mary from Morning Glory Cafe is a real treat in simplicity.
Jenny Zink

Morning Glory Cafe

You'll have a true farm-to-table experience at Morning Glory Cafe, the casual restaurant with all-outside seating at The Farm at South Mountain. You can meander through the pecan groves and walk by the veggie garden on your way down the lane to the cafe. There, you'll enjoy a breakfast or brunch menu that has everything from an American breakfast to brioche French toast to huevos rancheros. The restaurant serves breakfast/brunch from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday but closes for the summer from May 31 to September 4.

Brunch at Dick's Hideaway means hearty dishes such as Vic's meatloaf with eggs topped with red or green chile -- or both.
Brunch at Dick's Hideaway means hearty dishes such as Vic's meatloaf with eggs topped with red or green chile -- or both.
Lauren Saria

Dick's Hideaway

Hangovers can happen any day of the week. Which is why it's so perfect that Dick's Hideaway, the tiny bar and restaurant in north Central Phoenix, serves brunch everyday until 4 p.m. This is the perfectly dark, cool place to belly up to the bar (or a bar top) and fill up on heavy hangover-curing fare such as carne adovada with eggs, green chile stew and eggs, or meatloaf and eggs — topped, of course, with your choice of red or green chile, or both. And if you're looking for something a little more traditional, Dick's has that, too. The menu also includes eggs Benedict, though it's gussied up with jalapeño Hollandaise, as well as simple pancakes and French toast. Best of all, you can order your brunch with a simple but well-executed house margarita for a bit of the hair of the dog to ease your pain.

Freshly made doughnut holes at Windsor come with vanilla mascarpone and strawberry jam.
Freshly made doughnut holes at Windsor come with vanilla mascarpone and strawberry jam.
Jenny Zink

Windsor

This comfortably hip hotspot is located in the historic uptown Phoenix neighborhood for which it is named and serves the perfect refreshments, including Bloody Marys and other cocktails, for just $5 during brunch. To sweeten the deal, Windsor even offers a Bloody Mary bar stocked with spices, salts, and pickles to meet all your cocktail preferences. Windsor's brunch menu has something for everyone's morning and midday tastes, from hearty Southern-style sausage and gravy (sure to tame any hangover beast) to the more delicate and sweet homemade doughnut holes, served warm with vanilla mascarpone and strawberry jam. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Breakfast Pot Pie at Snooze AM Eatery.
Breakfast Pot Pie at Snooze AM Eatery.
Jenny Zink

Snooze AM Eatery

Sometimes good things come to those who wait, and sometimes that wait can be up to an hour at Snooze, an AM Eatery. At both the Central Phoenix and Tempe locations, the atmosphere is fun and the staff friendly, but, seriously, plan on having time to kill. The menu features many twists on traditional dishes, including the breakfast pot pie — think of a puff pastry filled with sausage gravy and topped with an egg (made your way) and served with hashbrowns. The Brewmosa, a blend of beer and orange juice, is a surprisingly good version of the traditional mimosa. It's also a perfect follow-up to the free cups of coffee you can enjoy while waiting for a table.

Virtú Honest Craft serves up a decadent duck confit benedict with toasted duck fat biscuit, poached duck egg, and foie gras Hollandaise.
Virtú Honest Craft serves up a decadent duck confit benedict with toasted duck fat biscuit, poached duck egg, and foie gras Hollandaise.
Jenny Zink

Virtu Honest Craft

Virtu Honest Craft in Old Town Scottsdale is so good it's become one of our perennial favorite spots for brunch. The elegant interior is downright classy and the patio is casually comfortable. You'll feel as at home in jeans and T-shirt as you will a cocktail dress or suit. The menu boasts brunch favorites such as a duck confit Benedict with a toasted duck fat biscuit, duck eggs, and foie gras Hollandaise, as well as chef Gio Osso's now-famous grilled octopus with fennel, arugula, chickpeas, and Calabrese chile butter. Don't worry, though, Virtu didn't forget the sweeter brunch taste buds. There's a sweet crepe with Nutella, mascarpone, strawberries, and toasted hazelnuts. The restaurant serves brunch daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Welcome Diner's Holy Puerco features grits, pulled pork, and cracklins for a rich way to start your Sunday.
Welcome Diner's Holy Puerco features grits, pulled pork, and cracklins for a rich way to start your Sunday.
Lauren Saria

Welcome Diner

This tiny downtown restaurant serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with a menu that blends Southern fare with chef Michael Babcock's New American cuisine. For a more traditional Southern brunch, Welcome Diner offers dishes such as biscuits and gravy (with either sausage or mushroom gravy — both are excellent) and a biscuit breakfast sandwich loaded with bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese. But if you want something a little more unexpected, try the Holy Puerco, a hearty morning meal that includes crispy grits, pulled pork, cracklins, and a fried egg topped with Carolina barbecue sauce and served with a side of hashbrowns. Oh, and don't skip the fresh-squeezed orange juice; it tastes like essence of orange in liquid form.

Chef Bernie Kantak puts his own stamp on a breakfast classic with the Eggs Bernie-dict at The Gladly.
Chef Bernie Kantak puts his own stamp on a breakfast classic with the Eggs Bernie-dict at The Gladly.
Lauren Saria

The Gladly

With live music from Lee Perreira, The Gladly's Sunday brunch, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., makes the perfect setting to kick back, relax, and enjoy excellent food. Chef Bernie Kantak's brunch menu perpetuates his habit of turning familiar American classics into something elevated and new. Take the Eggs Bernie-dict as an example: Kantak upgrades this brunch-time staple with a toasted pretzel roll, smoked sausage, and cheese fondue. Or there's the excellent Grits & Eggs, which takes a luxurious turn thanks to the addition of shaved Pecorino Romano and just a hint of truffle oil. For those who like to start their Sunday with a little spice, the Spiced Bloody Mary shouldn't be missed. Made with Absolut Peppar vodka and housemade mix, it's got just the right amount of kick to keep you coming back for more.

The Mission serves elegant Mexican cuisine during Sunday brunch.
The Mission serves elegant Mexican cuisine during Sunday brunch.
Lauren Saria

The Mission

Brunch at chef Matt Carter's The Mission in Scottsdale manages to be both elegant and exciting, thanks to flawless service and a menu that highlights his refined take on Mexican cuisine. The menu, which is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday only, includes everything from red chilaquiles and Mission huevos rancheros to corn & crab pancakes that feature sweet Dungeness crab, smoked Oaxacan pasilla crema, and a sprinkling of cilantro. To make the meal particularly memorable, we suggest asking for a table on the restaurant's spacious and covered back patio. You'll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Old Town Scottsdale.

Binks Midtown is serving a simple but flavorful eggs benedict with house cured ham and side salad.
Binks Midtown is serving a simple but flavorful eggs benedict with house cured ham and side salad.
Jenny Zink

Bink's Midtown

Bink's Midtown, located in the heart of central Phoenix in a renovated historic house, and Bink's Scottsdale, located in the Shops at Hilton Village, both offer a delightful brunch experience. The restaurants' menus include a short list of dishes that range from a more traditional eggs Benedict, served on a housemade English muffin and made with house-cured ham, to a more decadent cinnamon roll, with butterscotch sauce and cream cheese frosting. House specialties include green chile braised pork, served with cheddar drop biscuits and a sunny side up egg, or a breakfast sandwich made with sage sausage, soft scrambled eggs, and apple-maple butter. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30p.m.

For both craft cocktails and well-crafted cuisine, Crudo's brunch menu delivers.
For both craft cocktails and well-crafted cuisine, Crudo's brunch menu delivers.
Lauren Saria

Crudo

Chef Cullen Campbell breaks it down nice and simple with the brunch menu at Crudo. There are two sections, "Eggs" and "Not Eggs," and both include dishes that showcase the chef's signature modern Italian-inspired cuisine. Our favorites include the creamy bacon risotto served with a sunny side up egg, polenta hoe cakes made with locally grown and milled Hayden Flour Mills corn, and the über-rich pork belly poutine topped with gravy and fonduta. There are also a few special brunch cocktails to be explored, and a selection of sharable jars filled with seasonal ingredients and housemade cheeses. They're meant to be enjoyed as starters, but we've been known to order a few and enjoy them as a complete meal.

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