Breakfast Beat

Five Phoenix Group Brunch Spots for Your Pandemic Pod

The Ghost Ranch chilaquiles are a famous first-meal dish.
The Ghost Ranch chilaquiles are a famous first-meal dish. Mer Norwood
click to enlarge If you're ready to venture out with your pandemic pod for brunch, here are five recommended spots. - PATRICIA ESCARCEGA
If you're ready to venture out with your pandemic pod for brunch, here are five recommended spots.
Patricia Escarcega
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 Hideaway

6008 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.

click to enlarge HASH KITCHEN
Hash Kitchen

Hash Kitchen

Multiple 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.

click to enlarge Pancake flights are found at The Lola. - THE LOLA
Pancake flights are found at The Lola.
The Lola

The Lola Cocktail Lab & Eatery

6770 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.


click to enlarge DIY Bloody Mary bar can include add on's like the lobster roll. - MER NORWOOD
DIY Bloody Mary bar can include add on's like the lobster roll.
Mer Norwood

ZuZu

6850 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.

click to enlarge The Ghost Ranch chilaquiles are a famous first-meal dish. - MER NORWOOD
The Ghost Ranch chilaquiles are a famous first-meal dish.
Mer Norwood

Ghost Ranch

1006 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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Merichelle has chronicled her many food adventures since 2016. She is the Founder of the local food blog She Forks PHX. You’re most likely to find her munching on tacos on a Tuesday, sipping brews at a local cafe, or eating unicorn cakes.
Contact: Mer Norwood