10 Favorite Breakfast Spots in Greater Phoenix (Plus a Bonus, Rise-From-the-Ashes Entry)

Lumberjack Breakfast: limited edition 11x14 print by Matte Stephens
Lumberjack Breakfast: limited edition 11x14 print by Matte Stephens
Matte Stephens, Etsy

American writer and journalist John Gunther said, "All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast." And for those of us who wake up dreaming of griddled goodness like crispy strips of bacon or a perfectly poached egg, we couldn't agree more.

That's why we've put together a list of our top ten spots in greater Phoenix to order up the most important meal of the day. These are the day-in and day-out spots (weekend brunches to come later, because lists), so grab that cup of Joe and settle in for some tasty a.m. eats.

Yoli's Cafe

Nested into a small house with a courtyard and off the beaten path in downtown Chandler, this cheery breakfast and lunch spot hits the morning mark with familiar dishes like breakfast sandwiches, burritos, omelets, and skillet creations. Try the homemade cheddar biscuit and gravy or the "Mornin Monte," with egg whites, turkey, bacon, and Havarti cheese served on Hawaiian French toast with a spicy marmalade.

Tryst Cafe

This sweet and simple breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot tucked into a strip mall in north Phoenix features favorites made with natural and organic ingredients and plenty of options for vegetarians and those eating gluten-free. Start with an organic mimosa or Bloody Mary, then move on to Belgian waffles smothered in bananas foster, strawberry cheesecake, or candied walnuts, addictive sweet potato tots, or a standout Hawaiian breakfast with smoked kalua pork.

Orange Table

Chef Elizabeth Meinz dishes up top-notch a.m. faves at this cheerful neighborhood spot practically hidden away in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza. Don't miss standouts like the jalapeño and pecan pancakes, bananas Foster French toast, and red flannel hash with corned beef, roasted beets, and potatoes. Along with caffeinated specialties, like an amazing Mexican chocolate latte, there's also a selection of boozy breakfast cocktails.

Liberty Market

From restaurateur Joe Johnston (Joe's Real BBQ, Joe's Farm Grill), this breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot in Gilbert combines vintage Americana with an urban vibe. The casual breakfast menu includes hearty dishes like fresh pastries, griddled bread pudding with espresso syrup, and for a unique bacon substitute, grilled flattened meatballs. Don't miss coffee creations like the cortadito, a "Cuban micro-latte," and weekly a.m. specials.

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