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May 31, 2007 11:11 AM

Oddball Phoenix Breakfast

Hi, I will be in Scottsdale this Saturday for breakfast before heading down the salt river. I was wondering if there are any really cool, really unique, places to have breakfast in and around the Scottsdale area. You know the type of place that you describe as "OMG I just had the most interesting meal at X... where they do X... and call it X..."

I have heard that "The Counter" was cool with its 50 cent coffee. Anything else? Mexican food?

P.S. If anyone wants to float down the river with a bunch of people rocking a wine box and a bag of marshmallows let me know.


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  1. I'd love an oddball breakfast, but, the best I've been able to do is Dick's Hideaway. It's an unmarked bar that is really an annex of Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico.
    6008 N 16th St, Phoenix AZ
    Not exactly Scottsdale.

    1. Try the Ranch House Grill in S. Scottsdale

      Cooked to order breakfasts - from traditional to Southwest twists such as pork green chile. Here's a previous link with more info:

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      1. re: tastyjon

        Another fun place for Breakfast is Pischke's Paradise.....a 20yr Scottsdale institution!

        It's quirky ....great egg dishes and a former James Beard award winner now @ the helm.
        Try the Tropical Cakes and the Caramel Nut French toast!

        1. re: ciaogal

          Recommendation seconded. The omelettes are outstanding.

          1. re: ciaogal

            I had breakfast at Pischkes Paradise, this morning. I had the Rocky Point Benedict, described as Shrimp, Red Onions & Green Chiles on a toasted English muffin topped with two Poached Eggs & Hollandaise Sauce. That sounded great to me, but, that's the web menu's description - it omits the cream cheese. I don't think the printed menu has this omission, I expected the cream cheese.

            I thought it was executed beautifully. There was a shipload of shrimp, and it wasn't overcooked. The eggs were perfect (very runny yolk, I wasn't asked my preference). The thing is, it just didn't work, for me. I thought the cream cheese was over the top. I was struggling to find some green chile and red onion flavor. I've been trying to avoid the overloaded carb breakfast, but, this was overloaded with rich fat. The fruit cup was mediocre, mostly red grapes. You could opt for potatoes, which looked great.

            The place was pretty full at 8:00am on a Sunday morning. I was there at 7:45, and a crowd had gathered by the time the door opened. No trouble finding a place at the bar, for a solo. They open at 7:00 on other days, but, might be closed Mondays during the summer.

            I'll go back. There are plenty of other things on the menu. Besides, I could practically walk there.

            1. re: ciaogal

              No longer open for breakfast, at least as of Oct1 - they say they may open for Sun brunch only in a few weeks....really a disappointment as they had about the best breakfast in S Scottsdale

              1. re: miamia

                Rats! They were on my list of places to go try for breakfast, too.

          2. I'd also recommend The Breakfast Club on Scottsdale Rd just south of Camelback. It's a little pricey, but tasty.

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            1. re: ajs228

              The Huevos Con Masa are phenomonal!

            2. We wanted you to know that we have split off the section regarding Pischke's Paradise and its dinner menu into its own thread. You can find that thread at

              Thank you.

              1. I like the Orange Table a lot. They do a variety of pancakes and hash dishes. I love the green chile hash. It is definitely not a chain place! The service is sometimes slow but it is a very nice location right near the Scottsdale Plaza and now that the weather has cooled they have lots of outdoor seating as well.

                For lunch they do a nice green chile grilled chicken sandwich too.

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                1. re: rbloom

                  definitely second the recommendation for ot. i myself am a white flannel corned beef hash person though. : ) and while i've had a mediocre one lately, i love their coffee sodas (made with espresso syrup made from scratch).