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Aug 4, 2011 10:23 PM

Sunday Brunch Spot

Ok, I am fairly new to the Phoenix area... I live in North Scottsdale now, though.

What I am looking for is a Sunday Brunch experience spot.. not just a good breakfast.. it has to be the full "best" experience.

Also, looking for fine dining quality, upper scale cuisine. Top of the top notch food in conjunction with a Sunday Brunch experience.

What places does the Phoenix area have to offer? I would imagine such a place would be in Scottsdale, given my brief time here... I have noticed the best restaurants tend to be there.

Looking forward to hearing suggestions along with reasons as to why you think this would be a good fit :)

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    1. It wasn't homework so much as a question to which someone would be able to say yay or nay immediately. If you have to think too much about it or research, then it most likely doesn't exist here... I have seen plenty of "What is the best..

      If I don't give a specific description of what I'm looking for I am likely to get suggestions which wouldn't really fit what we are looking for, and that just wastes everyone's time.

      and.. I never claimed patience as one of my virtues, so I apologize if I came across rude, that isn't the case..

      I do appreciate your time in replying, though.

      So, let's try this again. Have you ever been to The Cliff House, in San Francisco? Best brunch *ever* --- not only does it have the best view of any restaurant, the food is amazing and great service to boot.

      I'm really tired of Arizona grasping onto the whole Southwest pseudo mexican food style that most places have. It doesn't have to be a jalapeno hollandaise .. it can just be a hollandaise.. it's classic, it's delicious.. I would just like a place that still serves good, simple, classic food that doesn't look like it came from a high school cafeteria.

      If that's too much to ask of Phoenix, please tell me so I can stop wasting my time looking. :)

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      1. re: shadowmaster

        Well, if you don't want to get into the whole southwest or new mexican cuisine, you may be missing out on some great spots. As far as "upscale" goes, your best bet is to follow the path to the really nice resorts around the valley. I am not an afficionado on the resorts brunches, but I imagine places like T.Cooks at the Royal Palms, or the Scottsdale Fairmont have some really good brunches.

        For a great bunchy breakfast, I stick to a couple of spots like Phoenix City Grille, Cafe Zuzu, and Over Easy. Yes, they tend not to have music or a great view. But, it is what it is. BTW, I lived for years in SF, and the cliff house was an overrated mess. I always loved Baker Street Bistro and Pork Store for great brekkies.

        I think if you look a little harder on some old posts, there are mention of good champagne brunches, etc.

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

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

        Cafe Zuzu
        6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. re: danieli10

          Wow, I thought the same thing at first about the Cliff House (food nothing special, view of endless ocean and SF haze), and then I thought about some of the stories and personal memories I have of the place. (I'll bet anyone who's ever been there has one.) And that's what's a little different and maybe missing about Phoenix. On the other hand that jalapeno hollandaise is maybe what's missing elsewhere. Don't get me wrong I am a transplant too and the southwest kitsch really annoyed me at first, but just take a look around and notice how the ecosystem here is like nothing anywhere else in the world, and realize that it's just an attempt to reflect that in cuisine. When you mention "brunch" it's as much the experience as the meal you're referring too, and I'll confess I haven't found one I love here in town to compare with experiences in other cities. But I am sure I'll hear about them on this board -- could take a while, though. .

          1. re: zencker

            All that, and I failed to leave a recommendation. I enjoyed brunch at The Mission in Scottsdale. More Latin-American than just Mexican, and I think on Sundays they do a pig roast.

            The Mission
            3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          2. re: danieli10

            It's not that I dislike mexican/southwest food at ALL. . I do enjoy all cuisine.. it's just overload I guess, for me.. that's all :)

            I did only go to the Cliff House a couple of times but those times were really good.. I'm sure living there you have a better idea though of course.

            I appreciate the sugegstions

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Cool, I'll check that out as well, I appreciate it :)

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            1. Since the Marquesa (Scottsdale Fairmont Princess) closed, my second though is T. Cook's.

              Though I normally love the Wrigley Mansion, we have had some recent brunches, and we were horribly disappointed. There has been a chef change, but I would not recommend them, based on recent bad experiences.