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Oddball Phoenix Breakfast

zukalous May 31, 2007 11:11 AM

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.


  1. 1wino Oct 15, 2007 04:37 PM

    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.

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    1. re: 1wino
      rbloom Oct 16, 2007 07:04 AM

      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.

      1. re: rbloom
        ValleyFever Oct 24, 2007 11:10 PM

        Sounds like my kinda place!

        1. re: rbloom
          tang29 Jan 22, 2008 11:35 PM

          As of (at least) January 2008, The Breakfast Club does have at least one high chair!

      2. hohokam Oct 15, 2007 08:36 AM

        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

        Dick's Hideaway
        6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

        Orange Table
        7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        Ranch House Grille
        5618 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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          rbloom Oct 15, 2007 08:18 AM

          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
            ccl1111 Oct 15, 2007 04:31 PM

            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).

          2. The Chowhound Team Jun 3, 2007 07:46 PM

            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 http://www.chowhound.com/topics/407813

            Thank you.

            1. ajs228 Jun 1, 2007 08:38 AM

              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
                ValleyFever Oct 14, 2007 03:08 PM

                The Huevos Con Masa are phenomonal!

              2. tastyjon May 31, 2007 02:33 PM

                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
                  ciaogal Jun 1, 2007 07:02 AM

                  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
                    mitchgx Jun 1, 2007 08:21 AM

                    Recommendation seconded. The omelettes are outstanding.

                    1. re: ciaogal
                      johnseberg Jun 10, 2007 09:41 AM

                      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
                        miamia Oct 14, 2007 02:39 PM

                        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
                          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Oct 16, 2007 03:03 AM

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

                    2. johnseberg May 31, 2007 02:16 PM

                      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.

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