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10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in Tucson: Memorable Meals to Start Your Day



Tucson is a great breakfast town with plenty of well-established diners that have been dishing out delicious morning platters for decades. But the city also doesn't disappoint in cutting edge cafes serving creative and modern breakfast fare.

Prep and Pastry is a craft eatery known for its made-from-scratch dishes, unique menu offerings, and devotion to fresh, local ingredients.

For an old-fashioned mom-and-pop breakfast, head to BoBo's Restaurant, a breakfast diner on busy Grant Road that has everything you would ever want from a greasy spoon: friendly service, endless coffee refills, and some of the tastiest breakfast combos in town.

Robert's Restaurant is another long-time Tucson staple where all the breads are baked in-house and served fresh.

If you're looking for a charming breakfast destination in the vicinity of the Fourth Avenue district, head to Blue Willow, featuring comfortable patio seating that is shaded in the summer and heated in the winter. Enjoy fluffy pancakes served with fresh fruit, delicate crepes, specialty omelettes and a large selection of vegetarian options.

A good cup of coffee can help set the tone for your day. The place to go for gourmet coffee drinks is Crave Coffee Bar, which also carries an assortment of light yet memorable breakfast pastries and snacks. 


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This beach-inspired neighborhood cafe brings the spirit and attitude of the beach to the sunny deserts of Tucson. Sunny Daze Cafe dishes out a great breakfast, with a huge selection of classics including hotcakes, french toast, waffles, omelettes, egg dishes, and hot and cold cereals. Try one of the house specialties, such as the popular Mark's Big Daddy Breakfast, which comes with three eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausage links, three hotcakes, toast and your choice of regular or loaded hash browns. The Huevos Rancheros are quite good too. There is also a build your own omelette option for a custom breakfast specialty.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Sunny Daze Cafe in Tucson brings a fun, funky beach attitude to the desert, along with great breakfast and lunch specials.

Patricia's expert tip: You'll want to sample the restaurant's popular "sunny puffs," deep-fried rolls of dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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The trendy Hotel Congress has a happening little cafe that serves what many consider to be the best breakfast around. All the familiar favorites are offered, along with some more creative options such as the Boom Boom (scrambled eggs, cheese and roasted red potatoes piled on a toasted baguette), Eggs and Gunpowder (a bowl of roasted red potatoes topped with eggs, turkey chorizo and jack cheese), and Bennie's Burrito (a tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, spicy black beans, sprouts, jack cheese, diced green chiles, black olives, sour cream and fresh salsa). Lunch and dinner tend to be more international in scope, but the food is equally wonderful.

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

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the build your-own Bloody Mary bar.

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Baja Cafe is a hidden gem in midtown Tucson. The small cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, but it's well worth seeking out when you're craving an authentic southwestern meal. The colorful cafe has indoor seating and a shaded patio with free wi-fi. The menu offers traditional Mexican fare, as well as American classics made with southwestern ingredients and fare. This is the place to go when you're craving nopalitos (cactus), hatch chiles and prickly pear. The cafe serves local Arbuckle coffee. House specialties include the popular Baja Burger, two burger patties seared in an adobo sauce and topped with jalapeno bacon, Hatch green chili, chipotle mayonnaise and pepper jack cheese. Baja Cafe is probably one of the most beloved breakfast and brunch spots on Broadway, too. Come here for early morning delicacies like the house snickerdoodle pancakes.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Baja Cafe is the place to go for a hearty, Southwestern-inspired breakfast plate in Tucson.

Patricia's expert tip: Get there early to avoid a long wait.

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Crave Coffee Bar is a neighborhood Tucson favorite. Come here when you need a serious coffee buzz and a staff of baristas that know their stuff. The extensive menu features espresso, lattes, mochas, hot chocolates, Italian sodas, hot and iced teas and much more. There is also a huge selection of flavors so you create your own custom coffee creation. Try the toasted marshmallow latte, perfect for those chilly desert evenings. The cafe mocha is also excellent. Crave Coffee Bar also has a pastry counter where you can enjoy specialties like a big slice of Tres Leches cake, or some delicious baklava.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Crave Coffee Bar in Tucson is ideal when you're craving an impeccably made coffee and a light pastry or breakfast sandwich.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the iced chai tea latte, a house favorite offering a nice balance of sweet and spicy.

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Tucked away in an old house, Blue Willow is renowned for its comfortable, home-style cooking and its charming patio. Shaded in the summer and heated in the winter, it's the perfect spot for a fun weekday lunch with friends or a relaxing weekend breakfast. The menu is chock full of omelettes and other filling morning meal favorites, all accompanied by fresh fruit and potatoes or rice. Lunch and dinner options range from soups and salads to delicate crepes and vegetarian dishes. The place is equally famous for its desserts, particularly the chocolate confection of the day, which never fails to impress and satisfy.

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

Patricia's expert tip: Try the pancakes or French toast with a side of fresh fruit.

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Fresh baked pies, hot cakes, waffles and chicken fried steak with eggs are just some of the down-home specialties you'll find at the Bread and Butter Cafe in Tucson. This charming cafe serves breakfast all day, and with a long breakfast menu there is no shortage of delicious options. Specialty omelettes are served with your choice of homefries, hashbrowns, grits, sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, refried beans or spanish rice and your choice of bread. Mexican breakfast plates include Huevos Rancheros, breakfast burritos, and chorizo with eggs. There are also seasonal fruit plates for those looking for lighter fare.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Bread and Butter Cafe is an excellent destination to satisfy your breakfast cravings at any hour of the day.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't leave without trying a slice of the cafe's famous home-baked pies.

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Corned beef hash and eggs is the favorite at Robert's, with good reason. It's the real thing! Of course there are other options, including just about every conceivable combination of eggs and breakfast meats is on the menu, along with plenty of freshly-baked bread and pastry. Lunch is hearty comfort food: meatloaf, chicken fried steak or pork chops, all with mashed potatoes, a roll and vegetable of the day. There are a few sandwiches too, of the egg salad-grilled ham and cheese variety, and homemade pies and cakes for dessert. Make sure to try the homemade cinnamon rolls too, a restaurant staple.

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

Patricia's expert tip: Try any of the fresh pastries and breads--all baked fresh in the restaurant.

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Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson offers home style and country breakfasts in a friendly neighborhood dining environment. This local greasy spoon is a favorite with breakfast-lovers looking for hot, tasty breakfast platters. You'll find the usual suspects of pancakes, omelets and sides, as well as an assortment of house specialties. Sweet tooths will want to try the banana pancakes, french toast or chocolate chip pancakes, enormous, fluffy and sweet. For an out-of-this-world breakfast plate, try the Flying Saucer pancake. Of course, no matter what you order, you'll want to try Bobo's famous fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits. A great place to rub elbows with locals.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson is one of the city's oldest and most beloved breakfast institutions.

Patricia's expert tip: Early bird special available Monday to Friday before 8 am.

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This charming downtown cafe, located at the historic Stevens House at the Museum of Art, offers an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Fine art hangs on the walls, providing the perfect ambiance for enjoying the down-home breakfast plates and lunch options. The coffee is excellent. Try the house macchiato, or for something slightly different, the lachino (a wet cappuccino with less foam and more milk) is great. Salads, sandwiches and artistan breads are also on the eclectic menu. Don't leave without trying one of the cafe's famous desserts, which include plenty of gluten free options. There is a great brick patio for al fresco dining.

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Prep and Pastry opened in 2013, announcing itself as a "craft" breakfast, lunch and brunch destination in central Tucson. Essentially, this means dishes are made from scratch and crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast menu is one of the most unique and sophisticated in town. Highlights include the Chef Omelette, which changes daily and is served with a side of the house hash. Another stand-out is the A.M. Relleno, a savory mix of eggs, pico, queso fresco, poblano pepper, corn tortilla strips, and a rich mole sauce. The duck confit hash is another gourmet breakfast specialty, made with shallots, spinach, chardonnay braised golden raisins, goat cheese mousse, and an over easy egg.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Prep and Pastry is a bonafide foodie find, featuring a menu with unique breakfast offerings made from local ingredients.

Patricia's expert tip: Lemon poppy French toast and freshly made cinnamon buns are highlights of the breakfast menu.

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