If you're one of the few who won't wind up with a massive hangover courtesy of New Year's Eve -- or if you're the type to be in bed before midnight regardless of the occasion -- celebrate the New Year with a delectable restaurant brunch. You can keep the party going from 2012 to 2013, or sleep in and start your year off with an ultra-relaxing meal accompanied by a refreshing cocktail.
A casual brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DC Ranch location (480-289-6180) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SouthBridge (480-998-8358). Popular items include red velvet pancakes with Gran Marnier syrup and mascarpone crème, wild mushroom and smoked gouda omelet with crispy fried sage and wood-smoked bacon, and the Market Street BLT with fried egg, crispy pancetta, arugula, vine-ripened tomatoes, and ricotta on brioche.
Recover from the evening's festivities at Montelucia Resort & Spa. Begin at 10 a.m. with brunch at CENTRO Lounge, located off the resort's Kasbah Pool with a fabulous view of Camelback Mountain. Favorite breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros will be served, and the mimosas and Bloody Marys will be flowing all day. Afterward, visit the Joya Spa for a hangover helper massage or after-party detox wrap. Call 480-627-4304 for dining reservations.
Enjoy the lazy holiday with a brunch menu of Mexican favorites, served alongside the restaurant's regular lunch offering from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a no-nonsense start to your day, try the breakfast torta, a garlic toasted telera roll stuffed with huevos Mexicanos, cheese, bacon, avocado, and pickled jalapenos. Or try SOL's version of French toast, soufflé Carlotta. A bread pudding spiked with Ptron Citronage and lemon zest, sautéed in butter, drizzled with organic agave syrup, and topped with mango, berries, vanilla whipped cream, almonds and powdered sugar, it's sure to be a sweet start to 2013. There are several cocktails to choose from, including mimosas, greyhounds, and the custom margarita bar. Call 480-245-6708 to reserve a table.
If you aren't ready for to end your extravagant New Year's celebration, book a table for Petite Maison's three-course champagne brunch, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Options include banana bread French toast with maple and honey butter, Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail with vodka and chorizo, Hoppin' Josh salad with grilled Andouille and lucky black-eyed peas, "reviver" mac n' cheese with smoked lardons and gruyere, and beignets with dusted sugar. Brunch is $35 per person plus tax and gratuity, and the meal includes flowing champagne and mimosas. Reservations are recommended; call 480-991-6887.
Early risers can head to Distrito, where the regular brunch menu will be available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $15 per person, the Make-Your-Own Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar will be open for the occasion. Satisfy all your breakfast cravings in one plate with the Distrito Skillet, a killer hangover cure composed of house-smoked brisket, roasted potatoes, caramelized onion, black beans, poblano peppers, and chile de arbol. Or, savor a bowl of pozole verde. Chock full of hominy, clams, chorizo, and chewy bits of pork belly, it's the perfect complement to a little hair of the dog. Speaking of which, on New Year's Eve, Distrito is adding ten new margaritas to its bar menu, so there are plenty of drinks to choose from. Call 480-970-4444 for reservations.
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From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the regular Sunday brunch menu will be available. Choose from favorites like huevos rancheros and cheese crepes, or take it to the next level with crab benedict on toasted brioche and a smoed salmon platter with bagel, capers, tomatoes, chopped egg, onion, and whipped mascarpone cream cheese spread. All brunch items include champagne. Lunch selections including fried chicken and waffles and burgers will also be served. Call 480-488-8182 for reservations.
The District Harvest Table, available from 6:30 a.m. to noon, will be a complete breakfast experience for only $17.95. Dishes includes fluffy scrambled eggs with Singh Farms I'itoi onions, applewood smoked bacon, peppered sausage, biscuits with Shreiner's red eye gravy, sweet toast with Vermont maple syrup, assorted breads and pastries, fresh fruit and juice, yogurt, and of course coffee. For an additional $3, build your own Bloody Mary or opt for a simple mimosa. For a serious upgrade, try the five chili Bloody Mary made with mazama-infused pepper vodka for $5. Call 602-817-5400 for reservations.