Tucson's Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Tucson
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We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Let's hope that's true, because Tucson boasts an impressive list of great breakfast and brunch spots. Tucson's best breakfast and brunch spots specialize in fresh ingredients, made from scratch recipes, and inviting early-morning ambiance. Case in point: Frank's Restaurant, a cafe well known around town for its unpretentious atmosphere and great value. Food is served fast, hot and with a friendly smile. And if you get there before 9 am, you can order the popular Early Bird Special, two eggs, your choice of home fries or hash browns, with a side of toast,...  Read more »

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    Frank's in Tucson is one of the city's oldest breakfast diners, dishing out hot, tasty breakfast dishes at bargain prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're an early riser, stop by for the Early Morning Special, two Eggs any style, home Fries or Hash Browns, and a biscuit, toast or a tortilla for less than two bucks. Served Monday through Friday before 9 am."

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    Bread and Butter Cafe

    The Bread and Butter Cafe is an unpretentious cafe that serves traditional breakfast dishes all day with flair.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave without trying a slice of the cafe's famous home-baked pies."

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    Blue Willow

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Blue Willow in Tucson is one of the city's most charming cafes, the perfect place to enjoy breakfast on a sunny Tucson morning.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the pancakes or French toast with a side of fresh fruit."

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    Early bird special available Monday to Friday before 8 am.

    Local Expert Tip: "Early bird special available Monday to Friday before 8 am."

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    Robert's Restaurant

    • Cuisine: American, Diner
    • Average Main Course Price: $5
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Robert's Restaurant in Tucson is a local institution, dishing out made-from-scratch favorites since 1978 in a friendly neighborhood cafe environment.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try any of the fresh pastries and breads--all baked fresh in the restaurant."

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    Cup Cafe

    Cup Cafe is one of Tucson's most historic and beloved places to enjoy a delicious weekend brunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar."

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    Gus Balons

    Gus Balons in Tucson is a local favorite, famous for its fresh baked cinnamon rolls and pies.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to try any of the pies and the cinnamon rolls."

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    Ghini's French Caffe

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Ghini's French Caffe in Tucson fuses the best of French and Southwestern cooking in a charming, dog-friendly patio cafe setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of Ghini's specialty omelettes, always delicious."

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    Mother Hubbard's Cafe

    Mother Hubbard Cafe in Tucson specializes in inventive, Southwestern comfort food made with quality, seasonal ingredients.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come here for the unforgettable green corn waffles."

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    Beyond Bread

    • Cuisine: American, Bakery
    • Average Main Course Price: $7
    • Neighborhood: North Tucson

    Beyond Bread in Tucson is the city's favorite local chain, crafting a large selection of fresh pastries and high quality breads.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave without paying a visit to the pastry counter."



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