Settling on the right brunch spot was difficult even before COVID. Everybody's got an opinion. But these days it's an especially challenging task. If you're ready to venture out with your pandemic pod for a hearty first meal and maybe some morning cocktails, though, we've got a tight-five list of recommended spots.
Dick’s Hideaway6008 North 16th Street
Fans of New Mexican cuisine can reserve their own separate space at Dick’s Hideaway in Uptown. Known for its hefty portions, Dick's dishes include the Richardson's Combo — a jalapeño Benedict smothered in jalapeño hollandaise and two chicken enchiladas. However, if you want to see the brunch menu's New Mexican side, go for the Carne Adovada & Eggs or Green Chile Stew & Eggs. And yes, they serve a mean bloody mary.
Hash KitchenMultiple Locations
You're probably aware of the build-your-own bloody mary bar at Hash Kitchen. But Hash also serves Benedicts, including Melina's version with a toasted English muffin and Canadian bacon. Other menu items include the short rib breakfast burrito; other drink items include the Cocoa Puffs cereal shooter and CBD-infused cocktails. You'll thank us later for that one.
The Lola Cocktail Lab & Eatery6770 North Sunrise Boulevard, #109, Glendale
Any good brunch will feature mimosas and pancakes, and both can be found at The Lola inside the Westgate Entertainment District. Ever hear of a pancake board? Satisfy your curiosity with this impressive dish, packed with a dozen small pancakes and a ton of sweet and savory toppings. The Lola also lists a variety of toasts, classic breakfast platters like steak and eggs, and even pineapple churros on its brunch menus. Morning cocktails, too.
ZuZu6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
Need to fuel up before exploring Old Town Scottsdale? Check out ZuZu’s brunch at Hotel Valley Ho. With retro vibes and ample space, you're encouraged to invite a small group — and you can even reserve the patio. Start with the warm mini doughnuts, ramp up with the breakfast fried rice with Schreiner’s turkey sausage, or go for lunch options like the chili chorizo burger. Bloody marys and mimosas are $5 a pop for dine-in guests.
Ghost Ranch1006 East Warner Road, #102-103, Tempe
You don't live in Phoenix long without trying a Southwestern brunch. At Ghost Ranch, treat yourself to inventive dishes like the Tres Leches French Toast or the chicken chilaquiles. Go big or stay home if you're thinking of ordering the Ghost Ranch Breakfast, which is a medley of blue corn quesadilla, beans, adobo pork, sunny-side-up eggs, pico de gallo, avocado, and the intriguingly named Christmas sauce. Pair with the signature Prickly Pear Bellini or a Ghost Ranch Bloody Mary to complete your meal.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on September 23, 2016. It was updated on January 23, 2021.
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