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.
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.
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.
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.
just some place links
Pischke's Blue Ribbon
7217 E 1st St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Breakfast Club
4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ranch House Grille
5618 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
I echo the recommendation for the Breakfast Club. This is my favorite breakfast in the Phoenix area. Their huevos rancheros with pork green chili are outstanding, and they are not exaggerating when they say their blueberry pancakes are the "undisputed king" of blueberry pancakes. I've never had better. I also liked the eggs benedict with crab, asparagus and choron sauce, which tastes kinda like a red seafood cocktail sauce with horseradish, but not as peppy. The cinammon challah French toast is good, but super sweet.
I don't dispute that the food at Breakfast Club is good but I have an axe to grind with them. Maybe this won't bug you but they are not very kid friendly. We brought our child a while ago and asked for a high chair or booster - nope, they don't have either. Just not catering to families, I guess.