I don’t know about you, but I love breakfast. In fact, I would eat breakfast three times a day if my waistline allowed it. So, when I do eat breakfast I tend to go all out. And I like finding unique breakfast joints that serve up good old-fashion eats. You know, like chocolate-chip pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict. Well, I recently ate at one of Sunnyslope’s newest hot spots, Scramble restaurant, to try those breakfast staples that I’ve been craving.
Tucked into the northwest corner of Mountain View Road and 7th Street is the casually chic breakfast bistro serving up some of mom’s classic morning goodies. Designed for the businessmen and women stuck in overdrive, guests are greeted with a three-tiered wall-mounted menu that quickly allows them to order, pay, then sit—a restaurant concept many Valley residents are experiencing more and more frequently. After browsing their ever-enticing options, I decided on an old standby, French toast. However, this classic’s served with a twist. Scramble’s version features four hand-dipped, vanilla custard-coated slices, fanned across a plate, paired with warm maple syrup and Scramble’s own signature butter. My breakfast companion decided to steer away from ordinary and spice things up. She chose a savory brizza (breakfast pizza) layered with garlic, spinach, thyme and mushrooms. Within minutes, our orders were entered and we grabbed a table indoors, though outdoor dining is an option. Once seated, I quickly noticed the interior’s bright white and citrus-color scheme. Stainless steel accents help to tie the space together. A nice, clean palette to start to morning.
As we chatted, we shared a morning appetizer, Scramble’s breakfast parfait. Freshly made, this treat offers scoopfuls of granola, yogurt and mixed berries that were heavenly (and really could have been a meal in itself). Minutes later, our morning meals had arrived. The presentation was perfect and, more importantly, the food was delicious. Chef German Sega’s French toast was like having dessert for breakfast (and I’m not one to argue with that). And having worked at such Valley restaurants like Sea Saw, Luc’s and Roka Akor, Sega’s faithful followers would expect no different. (Psst, I heard the chef’s signature Santa Fe eggs Benedict–blackened ham, poached egg on jalapeno corn bread topped with chipotle hollandaise sauce–is out of this world.) So, if you’re in the Sunnyslope, Scramble is the place to be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. 9832 N. 7th Street on the northwest corner of 7th street and Mountainview. 602.374.2294, www.azscamble.com. –Christine Whitton, assistant editor