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, but there's no disputing the fact that breakfast can arguably be the most delicious meal of the day. Take Butters Pancakes & Cafe, for example, a Scottsdale gem that specializes in savory, wholesome breakfasts. Choose from a large menu of breakfast staples, all prepared with signature care and the highest quality ingredients available. The results are lip-smacking good, giving you enough fuel to breeze through the day. If you're seeking ambiance with your breakfast platter, try Arcadia Farms Cafe. This local favorite serves up creative, gourmet breakfast entrees made from scratch from the finest local ingredients available. Sip your coffee or tea in the sunny patio and enjoy one of the best breakfasts in Scottsdale. One of the hippest new breakfast places in Scottsdale is Orange Table, a hybrid coffeehouse, bar, and griddle with some unusual (jalapeno pancakes, anyone?), but quite delicious, breakfast offerings. If you're looking for a breakfast that's slightly off the beaten path, try Alo Cafe, a hidden gem tucked away in Old Town Scottsdale. The breakfast menu is small but full of European breakfast classics like Tortilla Espanola and Rusks, a traditional South African biscotti.
10 Lox, Stock & Bagel
Lox, Stock and Bagel uses the freshest and high quality ingredients available to create some of the Valley's very best bagels. Choose from a wide selection of bagels, including honey whole-wheat, sesame, cheddar jalapeno and chocolate chip. Choose from a dozen homemade flavored cream cheeses too. This is a favorite stopping point for early risers, with a small but popular breakfast menu that includes egg, cheese and meat sandwiches, farm fresh eggs, croissants, and breakfast burritos. Choose from your choice of a bagel or croissant. Lox, Stock and Bagel is perfect if you're looking for morning sustenance but are short on time. (480-922-0123)
9 Alo Cafe
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 menu items from across the globe, with a focus on the cuisine of Estonia, but you'll also find dishes inspired by Argentina, South Africa, and Spain, 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 Tortilla Espanola, a classic Spanish pancake made from eggs and potatoes.This hidden gem is also a good place to enjoy a good cup of joe. The cafe serves high quality local Cartel Coffee, and there a number of refreshing chai drinks too. ((602) 688-4339)
8 Orange Table
This hip Scottsdale coffeehouse, bar, and griddle has become a destination point for breakfast-goers seeking some of the tastiest and most unique breakfast specialties in the Valley. Along with the usual suspects of buttermilk pancakes and Eggs Benedict, you'll find fun and flavorful specialties such as Jalapeno Pecan Pancakes, a stack of flapjacks stuffed with jalapenos and pecans, topped with jalapenos and pecans, and then drizzled with--you got it--jalapeno pecan pan syrup. The results are a scrumptious breakfast specialty with a tasty zing. Other breakfast specialties include hash and flannels, omelettes and scrambles, pancakes and French toast, and several egg dishes. (480.424.6819)
7 Lon's at the Hermosa
Lon's pays homage to Arizona's rustic Southwestern cowboy history in the most elegant of ways; the ambiance is strikingly different from what you would expect. The decor suggests cowboy, but the menu and staff dress it up and give the whole place an air of luxury. Menu highlights might include two-pepper roasted pork tenderloin or breast of duck with cranberry and jalapeno glaze. The unique Sunday brunch menu offers such things as braised beef short ribs with a sunnyside-up egg or strawberry- and mascarpone-stuffed brioche French toast. Additionally, everything on the menu is organic, humanely raised, and from ecologically sound sources. (602-955-7878)
6 D'lish Kitchen & Coffeehouse
The antidote to an unhealthy fast-food, grab-and-go breakfast has arrived in Scottsdale, and the results are delicious. Or should we say "D'lish." This kitchen and coffeehouse dishes out organic, wholesome, yet always tasty, breakfast items such as sandwiches, bagels, pastries, burritos, and frittatas.Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and protein-packed dishes are labeled for your convenience. A wide assortment of specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, and teas are also available. Skip the unsatisfying fast food drive-thru, and try D'lish, which offers fast, friendly drive-thru service for busy morning work commuters. This is also a great coffeehouse destination. All coffee is free trade, locally roasted and brewed fresh. (480.247.8537)
5 Cafe Monarch
How about a late morning breakfast in a sun-drenched patio, with monarch butterflies fluttering at a respectful distance? Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, Cafe Monarch in Scottsdale is a very real place. Experience a truly unique dining ambiance in this cozy cafe, featuring one of the most unique brunches in town. The menu is small--choose from either a Sweet or Savory option--but the dishes are hand-crafted, fresh and seasonal, and utterly delightful. Frittatas, French toast, and other classic breakfast specialties receive special treatment here from owner, chef, server and all-around culinary maven, Chris, who will make you feel at home at this Scottsdale foodie destination. ((480) 970-7682)
4 Chez Vous French Creperie
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 perfect 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. (4804432575)
3 The Herb Box
The Herb Box is a lot of things: gourmet marketplace, grab-and-go lunch and dinner spot, and cozy, sit-down cafe where you can enjoy a healthy yet delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch. The lunch menu is filled with yummy small plates that are big enough to share with a friend. The cilantro edamame hummus is creamy and zesty, and there's also a smoked ancho chili, goat cheese & eggplant dip (served with a side of ciabatta) that will leave you craving more. The menu is also full of market salads, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, enchiladas, and lots of delicious and vibrant sides. The Herb Box is also know for its great desserts, so be sure to leave room. One dessert highlight is the chocolate beetroot cake. The beets give the cake its moist texture, but the taste is all chocolate. ((480) 289-6161)
2 Arcadia Farms Cafe
Arcadia Farms has been a favorite Scottsdale breakfast and lunch spot for years, setting a regional standard for fresh, artful cuisine. Arcadia Farms Cafe uses wholesome, natural, and organic products to create signature menus that feature fresh pastries, desserts, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Try the Wild Mushroom, Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart, made from caramelized leeks, fresh baby spinach, wild mushrooms, mozzarella and Fossil Creek goat cheese with organic baby greens. Specialty salads include the Pesto Grilled Shrimp Salad, made with marinated and grilled shrimp, baby lettuces, baby tomatoes, diced avocado, goat cheese, grilled corn and lime vinaigrette with crumbled, frizzled tortillas. You can't really go wrong with anything on the fresh, seasonal menu. (480-941-5665)
1 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 with the most wholesome ingredients available. The orange juice is fresh-squeezed (no slushy concentrate here!), and the bright, impeccably spotless dining room makes this an ideal breakfast spot to get your day started right. For a one-of-a-kind 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)
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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