The Spot: Gallo Blanco
928 East Pierce Street; 602-327-0880.
The Scene: The high-ceilinged room that once belonged to an American Way Market hums not only with tacos, elotes, and an electric ceviche, but a strong breakfast. Gallo Blanco serves breakfast every day of the week. A number of dishes overlap with Doug Robson's other restaurant, Otro Cafe, and a number don't. The location of this polished eatery, buried in the Garfield neighborhood, amplifies its neighborhood vibe.
Gallo Blanco opens at 11 a.m. during the week. This is a breakfast destination for people who get up late or dig a morning meal in the post-morning hours. On weekends, the restaurant opens at 8 a.m.
The bar area is great for a breakfast. There's light, space, lines of fascinating bottles to crawl your eyes over, and small TVs that actually play interesting stations (like Viceland). When the Phoenician summer furnace lets up, the outdoor seating will be a nice option, dropping you right into the changing neighborhood.
The vibe in here is good. Clean and modern. Genuine. Nice for kicking off your day in the right state of mind.
Dishes like chilaquiles and breakfast burritos are on point. You may want to try pivoting to a torta. The egg torta listed in the breakfast part of the menu is decent, with flavors a little on the hefty side. Look to the non-breakfast reaches of the menu. Here you will find a Naco Torta, a more indulgent and better torta of egg, avocado, and grilled steak. The soft, chewy buns are baked in the kitchen.
The only true bummer is that the menu lists a green Bloody Mary. In theory, this is great news. In practice, the bar does't mix this Mary anymore.
The Bottom Line: Gallo Blanco offers a warm scene and a strong Mexican breakfast that won't leave you feeling like you have to eat fruit for the rest of the day.
Hours: Breakfast is served Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coffee Options: Standard plus a line of lattes, including one made with cajeta. Beans come from Presta Coffee Roasters in Tucson.