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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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