Who doesn’t love an incredible brunch? It feels so fancy yet relaxing and most brunch spreads include all the healthful intake you need for a day (think fruits and eggs) as well as indulgent desserts and bread spreads. If you craving a brunch spot to visit this weekend, here is a roundup of some of the Valley’s finest:
Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Cafe ZuZu at Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho serves brunch inside and on the patio, with favorite menu items including traditional morning and lunchtime eats like garden fresh veggie omelet, crispy thick Belgian waffle and B.L.T. sandwich. On Sundays, ZuZu even hosts a Bloody Mary Bar, where diners can build their own delicious cocktail–a staple at any brunch. Plus, much of the ingredients on the ZuZu brunch menu are from local growers and suppliers. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
Roaring Fork The new Sunday brunch at the Roaring Fork in Scottsdale is fit for those who aren’t fans of traditional breakfast foods. Though there is plenty to choose from for those who prefer more traditional brunch fare (think Belgian waffles, delectable egg dishes and sweet cocktails), other brunchtime eats include America West-inspired green chili pork stew, sage and cornbread stuffing, green chili cheese grits and endless sticky cinnamon buns. www.roaringfork.com.
St. Francis We love a delish brunch with a twist. Phoenix’s St. Francis restaurant not only offers a great Sunday brunch menu but a special treat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with local musicians Dennis Rowland, Rachel Eckroth and Felix Sainz. Don’t-miss brunch menu items include the cinnamon roll with caramel sauce, wood-oven baked eggs with red wine-braised beef and the iron skillet pancake. Plus, kids eats free during the St. Francis Sunday brunch. www.stfrancisaz.com.
Petite Maison This Old Town Scottsdale-based French Country bistro dishes up an upscale Brunch de Champagne that is sure to tempt taste buds. In addition to flowing Champagne, mimosas and bellinis, Petite Maison’s Sunday brunch menu spotlights sweet and savory eats like quiche Lorraine, crab-stuffed crepes, Nutella beignets and assorted cheeses. www.petitemaisonaz.com.
Geordie’s at The Wrigley Mansion The Sunday Champagne Brunch at Phoenix’s The Wrigley Mansion is a luxe dining affair. A sample spread includes an omelet station, a French toast station (toppings include everything from fruits to candied nuts), eggs Benedict and many house specialities (think slow-roasted prime rib and pan-roasted salmon) that are sure to keep you smiling come Monday morning. www.wrigleymansionclub.com.
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