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Fida Sep 9, 2010 02:52 PM

In this new format, the Phoenix-area threads look rather meager, but I'll give it a shot.

I'm looking for suggestions for brunch that would be relatively cheap, not overly noisy, and preferably not too far west - although I had a great brunch at Matt's Big Breakfast, I'll admit.

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Matt's Big Breakfast
801 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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    mwest9 Oct 1, 2010 09:12 AM

    How about Vincent's Market Bistro on Camelback and 40th St.? Their mini-croissants that they keep bringing for free as long as you keep eating them are worth the visit alone. Its simple, inexpensive and I think, very high quality and well prepared food.

    https://www.vincentsoncamelback.com/b...

    There are also the the French bistros in Scottsdale: Metro Brasserie & Petite Maison

    1. azhotdish Sep 21, 2010 10:49 PM

      Cowboy Ciao
      Cafe ZuZu
      Daily Dose
      Dick's Hideaway (although it's not E. PHX)

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      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

      Daily Dose
      4020 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

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      1. re: azhotdish
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        danieli10 Sep 22, 2010 03:57 PM

        I second ZuZu. Also love Over Easy, Four Peaks now that it is Football season again, and PCG.

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        Over Easy
        4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

      2. drewb123 Sep 21, 2010 04:22 PM

        Try arcadia farms. They do brunch now supposedly.

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          contemporaryscarlett Sep 20, 2010 08:25 PM

          We love Matt's enough to sometimes make the drive, but when that's too daunting, we've had good breakfasts at The Farm House in Gilbert, Over Easy and Crackers (Mesa or Tempe).

          Sorry I can't help with anything brunch specific.

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          Farm House Restaurant
          228 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

          Over Easy
          4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

          Crackers and Co.
          Mesa, AZ, Mesa, AZ

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            crsin Sep 19, 2010 03:33 PM

            Just to throw some ideas out there...Petite Maison (likely too much $$), Cowboy Ciao, Dick's Hideaway?

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            Cowboy Ciao
            7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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

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              Fida Sep 19, 2010 03:10 PM

              Thanks, guys, but I'm surprised - I really expected more people to chime in. So I'll add in a few from my research, for future reference - in case anyone else looks in here:

              Coronado Cafe
              Local Breeze
              Maizie's

              Also, Monarch Cafe sounds interesting, and just re-opened for the season, but I think it may prove too expensive for this.

              Thanks, John Seberg, for Over Easy, which I'll check, but I think I went to Phoenix City Grille once, and thought it was dull and shabby (hard to be certain when places don't have distinctive names). Barrio Cafe I'm less interested in, as more Hispanic. Same for Mission.

              Sistinas, Orange Table didn't appeal to me the first time I checked it out, but thanks for the reminder; I'll look again.

              The other places, like T. Cook, are quite a bit over my budget. I have to take several people out, so I have to keep it low.

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              Phoenix City Grille
              5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

              Orange Table
              7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              Over Easy
              4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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              1. re: Fida
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                Bax Sep 20, 2010 09:17 AM

                I would be wary of Coronado Cafe these days, tho' I can't speak specifically about brunch. They used to be good; they were a semi-regular take-out lunch option for my co-workers and I. But recently we went and were VERY disappointed. We all decided to try their new (to us, anyway) "farm salad" and since it had been a rough week, chocolate chip cookies.

                Got our order back to the office & discovered they'd left out all our dressings so had to drive back for those (got barely an apology and a cheerful "hope you didn't have to drive to far!"). Turns out the dressing was barely worth going back for -- too much oil, not much flavor. The small salads were REALLY small (in the past they were more than enough food for me), the pear and strawberry scanty, the bacon barely present, and the goat cheese "medallions" were only ONE, even on the large salad. The only real redeeming qualities were that the spinach was fresh & crisp, the strawberry (what little there was of it) tasty and the goat cheese...well...goat cheesy!

                After our disappointment with the salads we thought "well, at least there are cookies!" The woman at the Cafe had warned us that she'd been away and the cooks had made them so they "look different than usual, but they should taste the same!" We unpacked them and they appeared to have been baked in a muffin tin or something --- sort of trapezoidal hockey pucks (if that makes sense) and just about as dense as a hockey puck! CC's cookies have always been hefty but these were practically cement-like. Plus they had little flavor other than sweet, and no walnuts like in the past.

                All in all, Coronado Cafe was a BIG let-down. I miss the old days.

                1. re: Fida
                  ajs228 Oct 1, 2010 03:23 PM

                  I love Maizies for brunch. Great bloody marys and the chile rojo de la casa is delicious.

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                  dessertrules Sep 13, 2010 08:59 PM

                  I really like the Mission. Not really a brunch but excellent mix of food choices for a late morning mid day meal.

                  1. Bill Hunt Sep 11, 2010 07:59 PM

                    We have had great brunches at:

                    T. Cook's
                    Lon's at the Hermosa

                    Now, they are above the price-points of Matt's, so might not be in the ballpark.

                    Enjoy,

                    Hunt

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                    1. re: Bill Hunt
                      Beach Chick Oct 1, 2010 08:28 AM

                      Awesome picks Bill..
                      Another thought is Harlow's Cafe on University in Tempe..

                      Lon's at the Hermosa is one of the best in town...breakfast everyday till 10am and brunch on Sat & Sun after 10am..love this place!

                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        Bill Hunt Oct 3, 2010 08:08 PM

                        Am not at all familiar with Harlow's. Guess we don't get out THAT much.

                        Thanks,

                        Hunt

                        1. re: Bill Hunt
                          johnseberg Oct 3, 2010 09:07 PM

                          Harlow's is a friendly breakfast / lunch greasy spoon. It's good for a big breakfast. It's near the SW corner of University and Hardy.

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                            kmarg Oct 3, 2010 09:56 PM

                            Good chorizo and eggs! Great little spot.

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                              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Oct 5, 2010 03:54 AM

                              Better still, Eggs Maximilian...

                        2. re: Beach Chick
                          bgut1 Nov 17, 2010 02:02 PM

                          I thoroughly enjoyed my recent Sunday brunch at Lon's. The patio was beautiful, the music was pleasant, the service was friendly and accomodating and the food was excellent. We throughly enjoyed the monkey bread, caprese salad, the short rib hash and eggs as well as the tremendous steak and egg sliders. What more can you ask for. Thanks to Hunt for the recommendation.

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                        sistinas Sep 10, 2010 10:54 PM

                        I'm a big fan of the Orange Table. Service is sometimes spotty but the food is always excellent. It's definitely not noisy if you eat outside, and I don't recall inside ever being obnoxiously noisy either. Their coffee soda is one of my favorite hot weather drinks of all time, and their brunch menu is pretty varied. If you like hashes at all theirs are some of the best I've had.

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                        Orange Table
                        7373 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                          petemare Nov 21, 2010 02:12 PM

                          I don't like Orange table at all. Service was non existant the last time I was there, and it's overpriced. My husband was almost finished his meal before I even got mine. The bradkfast club is way better, food and service

                        2. exit2lef Sep 9, 2010 03:55 PM

                          Chelsea's Kitchen -- 40th St. just above Camelback on the Phoenix/PV border -- has a nice brunch menu. It's a bit more than Over Easy or Matt's, but less than an extravagant brunch buffet at one of the resorts. If the weather is mild, it's nice to sit out on the patio by the canal.

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                          Chelsea's Kitchen
                          5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                          Over Easy
                          4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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                            madaprn Sep 21, 2010 06:06 AM

                            Thanks for the rec. We had a wonderful brunch at Chelsea's Kitchen this past Sunday on the strength of your rec. Perfect. Great service and ambience though it was 107 and too hot for the patio. We all loved the brussels sprout salad, so much so that I will attempt to reproduce it at home. Good cocktails. Great hotcakes made with ricotta. We visit family in Scottsdale every year; I will be sure to return to Chelsea's Kitchen as often as I can.

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                            Chelsea's Kitchen
                            5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

                          2. johnseberg Sep 9, 2010 03:20 PM

                            If you like Matt's, you might like Over Easy. I think it's cheap and good. There are two locations - Scottsdale and Phoenix.

                            Many people associate brunch with a buffet. I avoid buffets, but, some resorts seem to offer some expensive options.

                            I like going to Sunday brunch at Barrio Cafe or Phoenix City Grille, but, I wouldn't exactly call them cheap, and noise can be a problem, especially at Barrio, but, what is quiet, these days?

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                            Phoenix City Grille
                            5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                            Over Easy
                            4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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                            1. re: johnseberg
                              johnseberg Oct 1, 2010 07:51 AM

                              FYI, Sunday (10/3/2010) is the last day for Over Easy's 40th and Indian School location. The plan is to open the new location at 4730 E Indian School Rd on Wednesday, 10/6/2010. This news current, as of this morning.

                              See links to twitter and facebook for the latest:
                              http://www.eatatovereasy.com

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                              Over Easy
                              4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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