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HELP! Looking for Good Breakfast in Phoenix

Now that I heard Pischke's Paradise in Old Town Scottsdale doesn't serve breakfast, I am on the lookout for a good breakfast joint in Phoenix. Hopefully the recommendations will be like Pischke's! Help

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  1. Friends swear by this breakfast place..

    Matt's Big Breakfast
    801 N. First St & McKinley

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      i swear by that place, but be prepared to wait. since its rotation on diners, drive-ins and dives, its gone from busy to omg will we ever get in? expect at least an hour wait on the weekends.

      backups for us, post farmers market?

      eat at the farmers market - there's a new gourmet-ish roach coach kind of truck thats serving up awesome silver dollar pancakes. sapna chill out cafe is really good - her brie quesadilla with onion marmalade is sublime. nina's has ton of different breakfast burritos, including vegan. grady's pork sandwich is good. and there's some new chick selling good shrimp cocktails and fresh juices that's pretty darn amazing.

      au petit four - esplanade - great food, good prices, nice family

      lolo's chicken and waffles - delish soul food

      el portal - mexican breakfast - great downtown power players coming thru all morning

      royal coffee bar - snacks and the occasional crepe if hayes,one of the owners, is in the mood. good coffee and its right next door to

      sweet pea bakery - best. bakery. in. town

      ranch house grille - green chile chicken fried steak is worth the impending heart attack

      overeasy - great food, but expect a big wait

      richardson's - great for a hangover - cushions and pillows in private slouchy booths, the coffee is good, the bloody mary rocks, and the food will cure what ails you. and you'll have leftovers to take home for lunch.

      hope that helps :)

      1. re: winedubar

        Love Lo-Lo's! NOTHING on that menu that doesn't harden your arteries.

        Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles
        10 W Yuma St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

        1. re: winedubar

          Wow. I saw winedubar's mention of the "new chick selling good shrimp coctails & fresh juices that's pretty darn amazing" and thought shrimp cocktails in a Phx farmer's market??? We went yesterday & I really had no intention of trying, though w's recs have never failed me yet, and while the Mrs. was picking up the weekly veggies at Windmill Farms, she got me with a catchy line "would you like to try some of what you'll be having for lunch today?". Tried the sample & I was hooked instantaneously. Super, super good. We ended up having it for lunch and it was awesome. Also fell right in line with her other tag line - something about get away for a Mexican vacation. Really did bring me back to vacations down there. Don't miss it if you're there!

          That's another flavor craving from the market that I won't be able to get out of my head to go alongside the Belinda's pickle with jalapeno & the fresh made kettle corn.

          1. re: ccl1111

            Belinda's wins best-pickle-I've-tasted by a country mile.

            1. re: azhotdish

              I'm a spice wimp. The Mrs. is the opposite. That being said, that hint of jalapeno (without much spice) elevates those pickles into the stratosphere. Still love the non-jalapeno variety too. : )

            2. re: ccl1111

              hi there :D glad you liked it!!!

              those pickles are fantastic. its my weekly addiction ;)

              have you tried the silver dollar pancakes from the truck thats been there for the last couple of months? whoa those are good!!! its parked on the street - i think its pierce? its where they've been having overflow stuff set up now in the street.

              anywhoo those are dee-lish :)

              i love one windmill's tomatoes, they are great...i wonder if if i've bumped into your family at the market :D

              1. re: winedubar

                most likely not as we just managed our first visit 3 weeks ago (been there twice now). we'll keep a lookout for you. : )

                i did get my first taste of an heirloom tomato from one windmill on sunday and for a non-veggie guy, it was super yum. little sea salt, little ground pepper & little shaved reggiano parmesan. i'll eat tomatoes like that anytime!

                : )

                1. re: ccl1111

                  sounds good :) i'm the one in sunglasses, who looks like she needs more coffee :D lol

                  i snagged some of those heirlooms myself - a little sherry vinegar, sea salt, and blood orange olive oil from queen creek olive mill - to die for :D

                  also - check out seacat gardens. thats carl, i call him the gucci gardener. he only has about 4 things, but they're super meticulous. if he has the spicy salad mix, i promise you won't be disappointed. he has the best spinach i've ever eaten. it's fantastic :)

                  1. re: winedubar

                    nice! I guess in our new weekly vegetable shop after our 3 year old's ballet class, we will have to grab some blood orange olive oil and swing by seacat gardens.

                    We'll be the couple with a 3 year old in tow and a 1 year old in a stroller. : )

                    1. re: ccl1111

                      sounds good :)

                      so glad your family enjoys the market!!!

          2. re: Beach Chick

            I saw this place on Food Network. It is very sad to me. I lived in Phoenix in the late 90's and that spot was a wonderful and charming little cajun restaurant called Chez Bubba's. They had great gumbo and ribs and sweet potato pie and most of all the best hospitality. Now a line of bo-bo's down the block and I bet they even put in air conditioning.

            1. re: sekelmaan

              Thanks for the history lesson. I've never eaten at Matt's, and I didn't know anything about the history of the location or Bubba's.

              FYI, here's a little more background on the fate of Bubba's:


          3. Here are a couple of places I go for breakfast around Scottsdale:

            US Egg. I like the protein pancakes. The place is managed like a well-oiled machine. Some menu items could be mediocre.

            Goldman's Best Cooking. $10 may seem pricey for hash and eggs, but, it's a lot of food.

            I also go to Ranch House Grill, Harlow's, and Chompie's (North) with some regularity.

            Richardson's / Dick's is my favorite.

            Others like Breakfast Club and Orange Table. I wouldn't be opposed to going to either, but, they are down my list.

            I've only eaten at Cafe Carumba once since they changed the name, and not recently. It used to be a decent breakfast spot.

            First Watch (possibly closed?) is an above average chain, as is Original Pancake House.

            Taylor's has some original items. I thought it was pricey and seemed like an Arcadia trendy sort of place.

            Original Pancake House
            6840 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            Harlow's Cafe
            1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

            The Breakfast Club
            4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            U S Egg
            3238 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            Orange Table
            7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            Taylor's Cafe
            5053 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

            Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
            1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

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

            Chompie's NY Kosher Style
            9301 E Shea Blvd Ste 109, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

            Goldmans Best Cooking
            6929 N Hayden Rd # C2, Scottsdale, AZ

            1. Over Easy. http://www.eatatovereasy.com/

              Nothing like starting your day with chicken fried steak.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                This time of year, I love an outdoor setting like The Farm at South Mountain and Joe's Farm Grill. Lots of places have patios, but I think it doesn't count if you can still see asphalt. Food's good too, and I can vouch for the Farm's coffee, but haven't tried a cup at Joe's yet.

                Farm At South Mountain
                6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

                Joe's Farm Grill
                3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

              2. Matt's is good, but I don't know if it's worth the wait. We got there at 10am on a Sunday morning and waited an hour before realizing we weren't anywhere close to being seated. We left and went to First Watch (eehh). Orange Table is unimpressive and overpriced. A veggie omlette there with bacon was $11 and not worth it, but the lattes are outstanding! Barrio Cafe has a great brunch on Sunday mornings...reasonably priced and delicious. Try their chorizo crepes, and their coffee is served in a French Press :) And Wildflower Cafe has a great breakfast selection with minimal wait time.

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                1. re: Mahilover

                  I am a big Matt's fan, but if you want a mimosa, seriously gorgeous food, and a beautiful setting on a weekend morning, head to Coronado Cafe downtown. It blew us away and there was NO waiting that day...

                  1. re: Mahilover

                    Got to give a shout out to Orange Table. For breakfast, gotta try one of the flannel dishes (corned beef hash). The white flannel is my favorite breakfast in town. Not much of an omelette guy so I could see where you're coming from. The sandwiches & burgers are awesome too.

                    Be prepared to settle in & enjoy the time if you do go. It is always a wait & the service isn't very skilled. The owner prefers to hire interesting people & train them. Most look funky & cool but are definitely not restaurant pros.

                    I'm definitely a fan of Matt's too but not down for the recently increased wait.

                  2. The Hotel Valley Ho has an excellent breakfast and a great atmosphere inside and outside. We stay there all the time when traveling and often opt to eat there as opposed to going out for meals. Seems like we have always seen more than a few locals coming in at all times of the day.

                    1. i love love love matts, but hate the wait :( so we'll often head to ranch house grille. i'm telling you - the green chilli chicken friend steak will cure what ails you :)

                      au petit four is wonderful as well. i love their simple french fare. the omlettes are fantastic, the coffee's great, and the pain au chocolat is a nice treat on the drive home ;)

                      1. We go out every weekend for brunch and use to go to Pischke's as well so we had to find other places to go now...here's what we have been trying lately.

                        Z'Tejas has a great brunch menu and Bloody Mary Bar
                        Over Easy - Very good
                        The Brass Rail - Cheap and good
                        Dick's Hideaway - Very good, rich filling food but good
                        Original Pancake House - Very good
                        Saddle Ranch Chop House

                        Hope you find a new place like we had to!

                        1. Palatte on 4th Avenue and Fillmore in downtown Phoenix. Yummy breakfast all week, open at 7am. Lots of interesting stuff to eat and nice indoor and outdoor seating. Heard there can be a wait at brunch time on the weekends.

                          1. I know it is not close to downtown but I love T Cooks at the Royal Palm. Best ala carte brunch I have ever had!

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                            1. re: rdhargro

                              Winedubar, where and when is this wonderful sounding farmer's market?

                              1. re: janeh

                                She was referring to the Downtown Phoenix Public Market which (for the summer) runs from 8am to noon on Saturdays and from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesdays. The market is located at the southeast corner of Central Ave and McKinley St in Phoenix (721 N. Central is the official address).


                                If the place link (I think) I built ever manifests itself, I'll post it here in the morning.

                                1. re: hohokam

                                  place link...

                                  Downtown Phoenix Public Market
                                  721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

                                  1. re: hohokam

                                    Thanks! I'll be in Phx on Saturday, probably recognizable at the market by my dazed and delighted look.

                                    1. re: janeh

                                      thats what i look like too, mostly because its so early and i haven't had enough coffee yet :D

                                      i'll be the one wiht the 'phoenix recycles' canvas market bag :)

                                      1. re: winedubar

                                        Hey, Winedubar and Hohokum - thanks for the info and for your great recommendations! It took me a while to get to Phoenix on a Saturday , but what a terrific market morning I finally had! Luckily, have been able to find Dr, Hummus Garlic Pita Chips in Sedona - totally habit forming. I'll be looking for you with the phoenix recycles bag next time.
                                        Happy trails...

                            2. Just came back from Phoenix and tried 3 breakfast places: Matt's Big Breakfast, Roberto's Mexican Food, and Butterfields Pancake House. I would highly recommend all 3, and all 3 are completely different. Matt's is a quaint and busy storefront that serves the best potatoes you'll ever taste, with grilled onions and rosemary. Very friendly staff and although you will have to wait awhile for you table - big deal, you are in Phoenix, and it is sunny! Roberto's, featured in "Diners, Drive-ins, and dives" is in a Shell station in northern Phoenix near Glendale. Everything was made to order and was delicious. The portions were humongous. Butterfields was a pleasant surprise, not knowing what to expect. Big and clean, with large portions, and very good quality, despite being a franchise (other branches are in Illinois).

                              Which you select would depend on where you are in the valley. Matt's is downtown, so close to the airport. I would head there before catching a flight. Butterfield's is in central Scottsdale, while, as stated above, Roberto’s is more northeast. However, you can't go wrong with any of the 3.

                              Matt's Big Breakfast
                              801 N. 1st Street
                              Phoenix, AZ 85004
                              (602) 254-1074

                              Roberto's Mexican Food
                              675 W. Union Hills Dr.
                              Phoenix, AZ 85027
                              (602) 439-7279

                              Butterfields Pancake House
                              7388 E Shea Blvd
                              Scottsdale, AZ 85260
                              (480) 951-6002

                              1. I really do love the brunch at Coronado Cafe. My dear pal and I dine every week after farmer's market and when we make it there, the eggs benedict are so good, that I've never even tried anything else! Grilled bread, amazing bacon scattered atop, delicious hollandaise. YUM. And the coffee rocks the house.

                                1. Roberto's Mexican Food is moving to Anthem, AZ at the end of the year.

                                  Roberto's Mexican Food
                                  675 W. Union Hills Dr.
                                  Phoenix, AZ 85027
                                  (602) 439-7279

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                                  1. re: Hot Peppers

                                    For real? I guess I better try it before it moves that far out. Any reason for the move?

                                    1. re: silverbear

                                      I just had lunch at Roberto's. It was all fresh and good, but, I wasn't exactly blown away. I would probably be a regular, if I lived within a couple of miles.

                                      When I heard they were in a gas station, I guess I didn't believe it, but, it's true. I noticed some of the customers bought "big gulp" type drinks from Shell, instead of paying $1.69 for a cold soda in a returnable bottle from Roberto's.

                                      I think there are five tables that can easily seat four, plus a couple of hightops for two. It was pretty much full during the Saturaday Noon hour.

                                      I imagine there are, what seem to be, good real estate opportunities in Anthem.

                                    2. re: Hot Peppers

                                      Just an update on Roberto's, one of our favorites spots (such nice people; I usually get the carnitas tacos or chile relleno burrito, E the carne asada torta). When we were at the Shell station location on our last visit, they said they were opening up another in Anthem, not moving. So now there are two, and the one in Anthem serves margaritas! It's near Fry's and is open 8 am - 9 pm. We might check it out this weekend. BTW, both Roberto's deliver in their local area.

                                      More Anthem info on website:

                                      (and link to the Phoenix location info w/pics):

                                    3. bacon restaurant on goldwater blvd and 5th avenue...recently opened, and is by far the best breakfast in arizona!

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                                      1. re: phoenixfoodie

                                        is that right? i've read elsewhere the service is crap. what do you recommend?

                                        1. re: azhotdish

                                          Service was crap on our visit a few weeks ago. Apparently they started with only counter service and added waitstaff when they realized that wouldn't cut it. Our service was spotty and took nearly 30-45 min for simple breakfasts to be delivered to us. The food was ok, but I'd go to Harlow's before I'd return to Bacon.

                                      2. JPs in Scottsdale is really good.

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                                        1. re: danieli10

                                          We haven't been to JPs in ages. The original owners left and opened a place in Fountain Hills called Flapjacks in Feb 2008.

                                          16605 E Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

                                        2. if you liked pischkes, try local breeze downtown. its alot of the same pischke's peeps and recipes, including the fabled fire island eggs.

                                          i love local breeze (in palatte's spot, behind cibo). huge 4 egg omlettes, good coffee, nice people!!!

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                                          1. re: winedubar

                                            " including the fabled fire island eggs" Please tell me more . I googled 'fire island eggs' and got nothing; they sound interesting and I would love to know ingredients. I apologize for hijacking this thread, but in the interest of good food, I couldn't help myself. Thank you.

                                            1. re: Sherri

                                              Fire Island Eggs is described on the weekend brunch menu page.

                                              1. re: johnseberg

                                                That was lovely of you to include a menu, thank you for taking the time to answer. I do not know Local Breeze that winedubar referenced and actually did not even realize that it is a restaurant. Fire Island Eggs sound delicious and we will be making a special trip to LB in the very near future. Again, thank you for taking the time to answer. You are part of what makes this site so great.