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10 Great Scottsdale Brunch Spots for Late-Morning Feasting



Whether you're the early riser type, or you like to roll out of the bed at the crack of noon, Scottsdale is full of great brunch destinations that are ready to feed you and get your day started off right.

For a classic yet wholesome take on breakfast and brunch, stop in at Butters Pancakes and Cafe. The name of this Scottsdale breakfast staple might sound decadent, but there's much more to the menu than butter and maple syrup. You'll find whole wheat pancakes, fresh fruit salads and grains.

Looking for a cozy patio far from the maddening crowds of Old Town? Alo Cafe strikes the right balance between convenience (it's tucked away on a quiet edge of downtown Scottsdale), charm (when the weather is mild outside, the patio makes for a lovely brunching spot), and great Euro-inspired breakfast fare. 

If a fine Bloody Mary is what you're after, make a brunch date at The Hash Kitchen. This sleek spot offers high-energy, family-friendly ambiance, plus a long menu of delicious daytime eats. Mimosas and a great build your own Bloody Mary bar never go out of style here (or anywhere, for that matter). 

Another good spot for spot for build-your-own Bloody Mary aficionados is ZuZu, the hip restaurant located at the Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale. Brunch service also includes an optional make-your-own Mimosa bar. 


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Perk Eatery


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. Not suprisingly, this is a popular brunch spot.

Recommended for Brunch because: Breakfast goes on all day at Perk Eatery, where you can find unique (and delicious) southwest-inspired breakfast dishes.

Patricia's expert tip: The Sonoran Kitchen Sink scramble is a popular house specialty here, a hearty melange of eggs, slow-roasted pork, potatoes and jalapenos. The banana nut French toast is another popular pick.

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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.

Recommended for Brunch because: Brunch goes on all day at Noci Cafe, a down-to-earth eatery with a good selection of breakfast staples.

Patricia's expert tip: For breakfast, don't miss the homemade jams, hash browns and gourmet coffee.

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SumoMaya


SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen is a unique Scottsdale restaurant and bar with a menu full of intriguing small plates. The menu playfully blends the bold flavors of Latin America and Asia to deliver one-of-a-kind plates. The kitchen recommends selecting between three to five dishes to enjoy the menu's range of flavors. The eclectic, creative menu features four kinds of guacamoles, various ceviches, soups, sandwiches, salads, rice and noodle dishes and gourmet tacos. There's also a full menu of hand-crafted cocktails, as well as a special brunch menu that's available on the weekends. The colorful, living dining room complements the artful dishes.

Recommended for Brunch because: SumoMaya is a good spot when you're looking for a buzzy Scottsdale brunch. Plus, the restaurant's weekend bottomless brunch menu offers great value.

Patricia's expert tip: For leisurely, all-you-can-eat brunch, check out the weekend bottomless brunch menu.

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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.

Recommended for Brunch because: Scramble is a popular, buzzy spot for a Scottsdale brunch.

Patricia's expert tip: You'll probably want to try the Brizza, AKA Scramble's signature breakfast pizza.

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Butters Pancakes & Cafe
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"Egg-ceptional eggs," moist and fluffy omelets, 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. The children's brunch menu offers kid-friendly breakfast portions, making this a great family brunch destination as well.

Recommended for Brunch because: Butter's Pancakes & Cafe in Scottsdale offers home-style brunch offerings in a family-friendly setting.

Patricia's expert tip: Kids will love the fun "Children's Brunch" menu.

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Chez Vous


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.

Recommended for Brunch because: If crepes are on your mind, you'll definitely want to check out Chez Vous for a charming, and delicious, brunch.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the classic Croque Madame, fresh ham and eggs cooked and served on a French baguette.

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ZuZu
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Classic American fare gets a gourmet twist at this fashionable cafe, located inside the hip Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale. The lunch menu is extensive, with the emphasis on seasonal comfort food prepared thoughtfully with a decidedly modern and gourmet approach to a range of small dishes, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Lunch staples include The Famous Zuzu Burger, topped with Virginia bacon, stewed onions, and Maytag blue cheese. For dinner, the filet mignon is prepared to your specifications and served with a savory mushroom ragout. There are plenty of lighter options, too, plus a formidable weekend brunch with an impressive Bloody Mary bar.

Recommended for Brunch because: Zuzu is a popular Old Town weekend brunch spot, especially if you're on the hunt for a formidable Bloody Mary bar.

Patricia's expert tip: A highlight of brunch here involves a build-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.

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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.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Hash Kitchen in Scottsdale offers an excellent selection of brunch classics.

Patricia's expert tip: If you love build-your-own Bloody Mary bars, check out The Hash Kitchen.

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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 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.

Recommended for Brunch because: Alo Cafe is a cozy, Euro-inspired brunch spot located just off the beaten path of Old Town Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: If you love waffles, be sure to ask for the "Waffle Cristo."

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Virtu


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.

Recommended for Brunch because: Sumptuous crepes, creative "bennies," and cast-iron creations are highlights of Virtu's excellent brunch menu.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for a nice place for a gourmet brunch? Virtu fits the bill.

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