They had me at "country-fried" steak.
A friend tipped me off to The Breakfast Joynt, a new, independently owned restaurant that just opened two weeks ago in north Scottsdale, and the menu of made-from-scratch fare looks tasty.
Along with country-fried steak and eggs, there's biscuits and gravy, stuffed apple pancakes with cinnamon and brown sugar, crepes, Belgian waffles, and build-your-own omelets.
Or, if you're not in the mood for a.m. eats, go for a fried pork loin sandwich, a burger, or a big Monte Cristo. According to owner David Phelps, who opened The Breakfast Joynt with his fiance, Becky Mazzocco, both the breakfast and lunch menus are available all the time (business hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily). The restaurant's next to the Gold's Gym at Northsight and Raintree (14891 N. Northsight Blvd.); call 480-443-5324 for more info. -- Michele Laudig