They say it’s the most important meal of the day. So hightail it to one of these Valley breakfast restaurants this weekend for a delicious start to your day–whether you’re playing it healthy with egg whites and veggies or craving decadence in the form of an icing-topped cinnamon roll.
With four Valley locations, Snooze, an a.m. eatery (pictured, The Goodness Cake), isn’t just delicious, it is super convenient as well. Send your taste buds on a adventure by ordering up a pancake flight (be sure to include the pineapple upside-down cake pancake) or settle in for something a little healthier, like quinoa porridge or an egg white frittata.
Matt’s Big Breakfast was one of the first to showcase breakfast as the most important meal of the day. At its three Valley locations (including one at the airport), dig into the made-from-scratch griddlecakes with sweet cream and real maple syrup or, for a heartier repast, The Hog & Chick, with thick-cut bacon or country sausage, is sure to keep you satisfied all day long.
A long list of delicious dishes and a friendly, family atmosphere makes Over Easy a Valley favorite for malted waffles, egg bennies, breakfast sandwiches and its earth-stopping blueberry pancakes. To drink, the Over Easy iced coffee–cold brewed coffee with cinnamon and cardamom, mixed
with sweetened condensed milk and mint–will perk you, and your taste buds, right up.
At Phoenix’s Fame Caffe, you will find a super-cute, casual atmosphere and breakfast dishes that look like a work of art. The “Frenchie” toast or Parisian omelet will transport you to a corner cafe in France, and you can’t overlook the gorgeous desserts that await in the pastry case. Even the berry parfait or simple cup of oats at Fame is something special.
Opened since 1989, The Farmhouse has long been a staple in Downtown Gilbert. On the weekends, you will find people mingling outside the restaurant, awaiting a table and platefuls of dishes Grandma would make: hearty omelets, egg tacos, buttermilk pancakes and much more. The cozy, comfortable atmosphere is the icing on the, er, cinnamon roll.
Though it is known for its big-as-your-head cinnamon rolls, The Gilbert House has a long list of delicious a.m. eats to offer, like the spicy chorizo or green chili omelets, steak and eggs and the divine bacon pancakes. As the name suggests, the restaurant is within an old house–a floor squeak here and there adds to its undeniable charm.
Butters Pancakes & Cafe in Scottsdale offers up a little something for just about every taste: scramblers, skillets and omelets for a hearty appetite and fruit and grains for those wanting a lighter repast. But to settle a sweet tooth, Butters has a huge selection of over-the-top pancakes, French toast and crepes. The Nutella-banana crepe, Oreo smores pancake and taffy apple French toast would be just as welcome on a dessert menu.
When at Scramble, a breakfast joint, you can’t go wrong with ordering a filling breakfast pizza–or “brizza.” Towering with scrambled eggs, veggies, cheese and meat, just a slice or two of brizza will keep a belly happy through to lunch. The apple-cinnamon energy cakes make a great pre- or post-workout dish while the flavor-packed Phoenix omelet, with chorizo, green chiles, cheddar and pico de gallo, is a hearty start to the day.
Delicious bennies, great coffee, cool patios and blueberry pancakes that the whole family will gobble up–The Breakfast Club, with locations in CityScape and Old Town, has long been a beloved spot for family and friends to catch up on weekend mornings. The restaurant is also a fave for those who crave lighter fare, as there is a long list of healthy–yet filling–options to choose from.