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Oct 23, 2009 08:54 AM

Breakfast in Southeast Valley (Phoenix)?

Please provide recommendations on where to get a good breakfast in the Southeast Valley region of Phoenix. We adore Matt's Big Breakfast for its simple but quality ingredients, generous portions and overall deliciousness. But its quite a drive from our home, so I'd love to have somewhere a little closer where we could get eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and other breakfast delights on a lazy Saturday morning.

We are in NW Chandler (near Alma School and Warner) so Chandler, Tempe, South Scottsdale, West Mesa or Gilbert are all doable.

Thank you!

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  1. You didn't say if you are open to chains, but I highly recommend Mimi's for breakfast. There is one in Chandler at 101/Chandler Blvd. (kitty-corner from the mall). The fall is the best time to go there b/c they have their fabulous pumpkin pancakes. Also, my DH swears by their corned beef hash.

    1. I may have answered my own question! (I have a hard time getting the results I want using the search function on these boards for whatever reason).

      However, if there are other or more recent suggestions, please keep them coming.

      And I would prefer it not be a chain. (no disrespect to Mimi's, my parents think they hang the moon!)

      1. If you're willing to drive to the ASU area, Harlow's is good (though often crowded), and Four Peaks has a good Sunday breakfast/brunch (much less crowded, unless there's a Vikings game on). Essence Bakery has great weekday breakfasts and a Saturday brunch; I've never been on a weekend, but judging by their weekday food I'll bet it's good. For a different kind of brunch closer to home, dim sum at China King is great. I really like The Farm at South Mountain too, but that's a longer drive.

        Essence Bakery Cafe
        825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

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

        China King Buffet
        1050 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224

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

        Four Peaks Brewery Company
        1340 E 8th St # 104, Tempe, AZ

        1. If you like Matt's you'll like Over Easy on 40th Street just south of Indian School. That's a bit closer for you. You take I-10 to the 143 and exit on McDowell and go west a couple of blocks to 40th. It's actually pretty fast.

          1. We have enjoyed The Farm House in Gilbert for many years. Great, homestyle breakfasts, including any kind of omelet you could dream of, cream chipped beef, homemade cinnamon rolls, you name it. Lunches are delicious as well.

            Although it is not a traditional breakfast item, their banana cake is out of this world.

            Not to be confused with the Gilbert House (haven't tried it), The Farm House is located in downtown "old" Gilbert.

            The Farm House Restaurant
            228 N Gilbert Rd
            Gilbert, AZ
            (480) 926-0676