Each week, we review a different breakfast spot in town, highlighting culinary offerings, brunchability, and the overall vibe as you sip your morning joe. Whether the restaurant in question is grab-and-go or stay-and-play, each offers a unique breakfast buzz that might be just what you need for the most important meal of the day.
The Spot: Twisted Grove
3160 East Camelback Road
The Scene: That rascal Chris Collins is at it again. As if his takeover of The Village at Hayden Road and Via de Ventura wasn’t enough, he recently opened a second Twisted Grove location in the Biltmore neighborhood. In the space formerly – and briefly – occupied by Stella, and Central Bistro before that, and before that Zen 32 (sigh), Twisted Grove has found a great fit. Given that the previous tenants gave the building structural overhauls, Collins and team didn’t have to do much to make the space work. Tasteful art and colorful touches tie the restaurant to its sister location. Floor-to-ceiling windows make for a fabulous brunch space.
The Goods: Offered on weekends only, “Twisted Brunch” is going to be your new favorite thing. The menu is simple – six or seven items, most of them classics that tend to be a little fancy (like crab cake eggs benedict, $19, or a croque madame for $13). Try the “Eggs in Purgatory” ($11), which serves a grilled cheese sandwich alongside a mini cast-iron skillet of short ribs in San Marzano tomatoes. The latter is topped with an egg (sunny-side up) and torn basil. It tastes far more heavenly than the name implies.
The Bottom Line: Go here. This is the perfect spot for ladies who brunch, hangover breakfasts, or watching the game with a Bloody Mary you make yourself (but could never make at home). Try it, you’ll like it.
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Special Something: Twisted Grove offers a champagne station and Bloody Mary bar for DIY breakfast cocktails. Make your own creation and then take it to the bar for a top up of alcohol for $8 a pop.
Hours: Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Coffee Options: Drip coffee
Fresh-squeezed juice: All the major citrus fruits are freshly squeezed: orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime.
Wi-Fi? Yes. But you might not want to come here to work – the food, the service, and the surroundings are just too good.
Drinking Before Noon: All you can handle, bro. In addition to Champagne and Bloody Marys, the restaurant offers its full lunch menu (including its excellent cocktails) starting at 10 a.m. on the weekends.