We all know - or at least we've been told repeatedly - that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That may be so, and if you head to the right spot, breakfast can also arguably be the most delicious meal of the day.
Take Butters Pancakes & Cafe, for example, a Scottsdale mainstay that specializes in wholesome breakfasts. Come here when you're craving a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and fluffy, indulgent platters of pancakes.
Perk Eatery on Greenway Parkway, offers a fun menu of southwestern-inflected breakfast specialties, like the Sonoran Kitchen Sink, a savory medley of slow-roasted pork and potatoes spiked with jalapenos and onions. You'll also find a tasty and sophisticated French country French toast stuffed with brie and served with roasted red grapes and an herb-kissed rosemary wine syrup.
If you're craving a sophisticated brunch with friends, head to Virtu, the popular restaurant situated at the Bespoke Inn in Old Town Scottsdale. The Virtu brunch menu offers everything from light parfaits to gourmet cast-iron morning hashes.
Chef Kevin Binkley's Scottsdale outpost, Bink's Kitchen + Bar Scottsdale, is another fine spot for a weekend brunch. There's a small, well-crafted menu of breakfast entrees, plus mimosas, which come with one-cent refills.
For a fast-casual spot, try Scramble, which offers a dog-friendly patio and an expansive menu of creative breakfast options, including the house Brizzas, or breakfast pizzas.
Scramble, A Breakfast Joint
Scramble is a quick, fast-casual breakfast and lunch spot with a dog-friendly patio. Breakfast is served all day, and the expansive menu has something for everybody. Pick from a variety of egg scrambles served with hash browns and toast, Benedict specials, omelets and three different breakfast burritos. And if you love pizza, you'll want to try one of Scramble's signature Brizzas. These breakfast pizzas feature hand-tossed dough topped with gouda cheese and scrambled eggs, plus other specialty ingredients. You'll also find a menu of specialty griddles, including French toast and waffles, along with lighter options like oatmeal and yogurt with fruit. (480 404-7264)
Bink's Kitchen + Bar Scottsdale
If you're looking for a refined place to enjoy a weekend brunch, Bink's Kitchen + Bar in Scottsdale is a good option. Chef Kevin Binkley's menu of wholesome yet sophisticated brunch offerings include eggs Benedict, a pork chop with farm fresh eggs, pancakes topped with seasonal fruits, and a savory corned beef tongue hash. There are even gourmet breakfast tacos made with scrambled eggs, crispy potatoes and creme fraiche. During weekend brunch service, you can also enjoy $12 unlimited mimosas ($.01 refills). Brunch is available every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ((480) 664-9238)
North Scottsdale may be far removed from Paris, France, but desert dwellers can enjoy an authentic taste of France with a visit to Chez Vous Crepes, a delightful creperie that specializes in this traditional French comfort food. The menu features a wide assortment of sweet and savory crepes, baguette sandwiches and other homemade creations. This is a nice spot to indulge in a long breakfast, either in the dining room or the sunny patio. Also on the breakfast menu are flaky, buttery croissants, tartines, fruit cups, French toast, and a variety of omelets served with herb roasted potatoes. The Lorraine Omelet, a three egg scramble with creme fraiche, onions, bacon and Swiss cheese, is excellent. ((480) 443-2575)
If cozy breakfast spots are your thing, plan a stop at the Alo Cafe in Scottsdale. The cafe, which is tucked away in an old house in Charles Miller Square in Old Town Scottsdale, is a take on the classic Eurostyle breakfast and lunch cafe. The cafe features a Euro-inspired menu, as well as classic American breakfast favorites. Highlights from breakfast menu include the French Toast, a breakfast sandwich on an Old Heidelberg Roll, and the Waffle Cristo, a house specialty that packs sweet and savory into one delicious dish.This hidden gem is also a good place to enjoy a good cup of joe and leisurely brunch on the pleasant patio. ((480) 878-4172)
Looking for a nice breakfast or lunch spot in Scottsdale? Check out Noci Cafe, a family-owned cafe serving wholesome, home-style breakfast plates and Italian-inflected lunch options. For breakfast, you'll find options like omelettes, pancakes, Belgian waffles and homemade hash browns. Lunch includes a menu of panini, salads, and Italian pasta plates. You'll also find a pastry counter filled with treats and gourmet coffee. Most items are priced south of $10, making this a good place to fuel up on wholesome, homemade fare, without having to break your dining-out budget. ((480) 922-5201)
The Hash Kitchen
The Hash Kitchen, located in The Shops Gainey Village shopping center, is a popular gathering spot for breakfast and leisurely brunches. This is chic spot is the place to bring the diehard Bloody Mary aficionados in your circle - The Hash Kitchen offers a gourmet build-your-own Bloody Mary bar where you can create the morning cocktail of your dreams. Of course, there are also many gourmet hashes, topped with eggs and served with a homemade buttermilk biscuit. You'll also find lighter fare like fruits and oats, along with gourmet waffles, hearty skillets and at least three varieties of French toast. The Hash Kitchen also serves lunch options, including salads, burgers and sandwiches. ((480) 947-3214)
Tucked away in the Bespoke Inn in Old Town Scottsdale, Virtu is a small space with a refined menu of seasonal offerings. After only a few months in operation, the small eatery made a big splash by appearing in Esquire Magazine's annual Best New Restaurants in America list. The menu incorporates Mediterranean flavors with Southwestern zest. Try the grilled octopus, which is cooked tender and served with fennel, arugula, lemon chick peas, and calabrese chile butter. Don't miss the hand-crafted cocktail menu. A seat in the tiny dining room here is in high demand, so make sure to make reservations to secure your place at the Virtu table. You can also find brunch offerings every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (480.946.3477)
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club serves up breakfast and lunch options using fresh ingredients. There are lots of healthy options, along with "quick start" options that you can order for a quick refuel. On the menu, you'll find a good selection of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options, including a menu of waffles, Benedicts, specialty omelets, and even a menu of southwest-style offerings. For something lighter, check out the cereal, yogurt and oats, including steel-cut McCann's Irish oatmeal. Fresh Fresh smoothies and specialty coffee is also on the menu. You'll want to get to this Scottsdale restaurant early to grab a seat - it's a popular breakfast and brunch spot. (480-222-2582)
Butters Pancakes & Cafe
"Egg-ceptional eggs," moist and fluffy omelettes, original skillets, scramblers, eggs benedict, fruits and grains, pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles are just some of the breakfast specialties you'll find at this bright Scottsdale cafe. Despite the name, don't expect a breakfast platter dripping in butter. The food here is prepared fresh, often with wholesome ingredients. The orange juice is fresh-squeezed (no slushy concentrate here), and the bright, sunny dining room makes this an good breakfast spot to get your day started right. For a unique breakfast specialty, try the eggs rojo or verde, two eggs topped with red or green New Mexico chile sauce and served with corn tortilla, black beans, jack cheese. ((480) 629-4333)
This Scottsdale breakfast and lunch cafe, which has been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, dishes out tasty comfort food that will "make your belly happy." The menu features unique plates like the breakfast enchiladas, two soft flour tortillas stuffed with chipotle ricotta cheese, black beans and slow-roasted pork. It's topped with the house enchilada sauce and two eggs made in any style. For sweet tooths, there's the excellent wine country French toast. Two thick pieces of French bread stuffed with Brie and topped with roasted red grapes and drizzled with a homemade red wine rosemary syrup. ((480) 998-6026)
About Patricia Escarcega
Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.
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