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8 Best Neighborhood Breakfast Spots in Metro Phoenix

Vovomeena's bread pudding French toast.
Vovomeena's bread pudding French toast.
Laura Hahnefeld

We spent the past year putting together a list of the best breakfast spots in the Valley for the 2013 Best of Phoenix® edition.

Print this off, bookmark it, pocket it, or make your own list for the next time you feel like rolling out of bed and having someone else make breakfast for you. Bonus: There's no clean-up.

See Also: The 8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Central Phoenix: Vovomeena

Locally crafted coffee and fresh-made breakfast and brunch items might seem out of place on the fast food and chain-ridden intersection of Seventh Avenue and McDowell, but thanks to Vovomeena owner DJ Fernandes (also Tuck Shop, Astor House), they're a breath of fresh air that we hope stays in the neighborhood. Read more here.


Outside Matt's new location just down the street from its original location.
Outside Matt's new location just down the street from its original location.
Melanie Mathieu

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Downtown Phoenix: Matt's Big Breakfast

Last fall, Matt's Big Breakfast chef-owner Matt Pool moved his killer homemade breakfast dishes to a new home just up the street. Naturally, we followed. Thanks to its being twice the size of the old place (from 25 to 50 seats), there's more elbow room to hunker down with Pool's plates of fluffy, from-scratch griddlecakes, eggs and off-the-bone ham, and luscious cheese- and veggie-stuffed omelets. And although the new Matt's still features its famous long lines, at least it's got its own restrooms.

 

Perk Eatery's pancakes are not to be missed.
Perk Eatery's pancakes are not to be missed.
Tedd Roundy

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, North Valley: Perk Eatery

Perk's classic pancakes -- hot, fluffy, and sweetly kissed with vanilla -- are a breakfast treat good enough to keep you thinking about them the rest of the day. Of course, there also are caramelized banana nut pancakes, crispy potato pancakes, and the lemon ricotta pancake special that sells out on a regular basis. Read more here.


ZuZu's tasty pancakes ready to eat.
ZuZu's tasty pancakes ready to eat.
Courtesy of ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Scottsdale: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

If you're the morning sort who imagines plates of thick French toast stuffed with lemon cream cheese and tender short rib hash with sweet potatoes and caramelized onions served up in a scene of mid-century swank, then ZuZu might be the breakfast place of your fantasies. Read more here.

 

Morning Glory Cafe's monte cristo sandwich is a perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Morning Glory Cafe's monte cristo sandwich is a perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Tedd Roundy

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, South Phoenix: Morning Glory Cafe

Can breakfast get any more farm-to-table than when you're eating it at the very place that, well, farmed it? Unlikely. Right next door to Maya's Farm, Morning Glory Cafe's charming outdoor eatery at The Farm at South Mountain adds lush lawns, stunning gardens, and stately pecan trees to plates of homestyle breakfasts that are just about as fresh as they come. Read more here.


Yoli's offers up some some great home-style breakfast in Chandler.
Yoli's offers up some some great home-style breakfast in Chandler.
Nicole Whittington

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Southeast Valley: Yoli's Cafe

Yoli's is a kind of breakfast-at-a-friend's place. On a side street in downtown Chandler, the converted, cozy little home serves up affordable ante meridian fare like skillets, burritos, omelets, and the Mornin' Monte, a comforting sandwich featuring egg whites, turkey, bacon, and Havarti cheese served on signature Hawaiian French toast with spicy and sweet marmalade. Read more here.

 

French Toast at Essence Bakery.
French Toast at Essence Bakery.
Katie Johnson

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Tempe: Essence Bakery Cafe

If we could get away with having a few of chef Eugenia Theodosopoulous' heavenly macarons for breakfast every day, we would. But until then, we'll settle for the holy trinity of local, organic, and seasonal sunrise eats served up at her (and husband Gilles Combes') always-bustling Essence Bakery Cafe. Read more here.


New York Flavor's veggie burger.
New York Flavor's veggie burger.
Chelsa Thomas

Best Neighborhood Breakfast, West Valley: New York Flavor

The breakfast sandwich might be one of life's most simple yet satisfying creations. And ex-Gothamite Bill Olear makes a fine one -- in the form of the classic New York egg sandwich -- at his cozy New York-style eatery in Surprise, aptly named New York Flavor. He packs it into a pillowy Kaiser roll, and you'll want to add bacon and a slice of American cheese (that's how Olear likes 'em). Read more here.


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Vovomeena

1515 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

602-252-2541

www.vovomeena.com

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Matt's Big Breakfast
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Perk Eatery

6501 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

480-998-6026

www.perkeatery.com/Perk_Eatery/Home.html

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ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-248-2000

www.cafe-zuzu.com

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Morning Glory Cafe
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Yoli's Cafe

241 S. Oregon St.
Chandler, AZ 85225

480-726-9654

www.yoliscafe.com

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New York Flavor

15170 W. Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85374

623-266-2520

www.newyorkflavor.com

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Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-966-2745

www.essencebakery.com


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