Breakfast food is simply the best. That’s why humans have been pushing the boundaries of breakfast for generations. First there was brunch, then breakfast for dinner. Yes, everyone loves breakfast food. In Arizona, there are countless breakfast joints that will satisfy your morning appetite. Still, there are a few that rise above the rest. Here are the nine breakfast places in Arizona.
May’s Counter is a Southern-minded eatery known for their signature dish: Chicken and waffles. Their crispy fried chicken is served on waffles and slathered in toppings like butter pecan and Nutella. Located in a diner, May’s may look like any other breakfast restaurant. But by infusing soul and comfort ingredients into breakfast, May’s has earned a category unto itself. They serve everything from fried okra to waffle-batter-dipped hot dogs to go with your eggs. Don’t forget about the A.M. Totchos. They’re tater tots slathered in bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, gravy, cheese, and onion.
Hash Kitchen may be the new kid on the block, but if their start is any indication they’re here to stay. Hash Kitchen opened in last fall and has gained a steady following by offering creative breakfast items. You’ll find things like Oreo cookie pancakes, s’mores French toast, and cannoli donuts on their menu. They’re named after their signature dish the hash, which is tossed with hash potatoes and topped with eggs and a buttermilk biscuit. You can get your hash with corned beef, smoked salmon, huevos rancheros and more. Then there’s the Bloody Mary bar. Hash Kitchen goes all out by letting you top your Bloody Mary with your choice of oysters, bacon, sliders, and ravioli. This trendy breakfast spot has a lively atmosphere to pair with great food.
Snooze may have started in Denver but it fits right in here in Arizona. Established in Denver in 2006, Snooze has slowly grown to take over the breakfast scene in California, Texas, and Arizona. Snooze Phoenix’s menu is loaded with southwestern variations of classic items like breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles benedict, and breakfast tacos. Health nuts will love their lighter fare like egg white frittatas and quinoa breakfast bowl. Traditionalists are best going for the Snooze Classic consisting of eggs, your choice of meat, hash browns, and toast. No matter your breakfast, make sure you don’t sleep on snooze.
You won’t find any fancy menu items at Bobo’s. Bobo’s has been a Tucson staple for over 40 years by serving up some of the best classic breakfast food in Arizona. This hole-in-the-wall is consistently packed with hungry locals seeking home style and country breakfasts. While their eggs and omelets hold their own, the real crowd pleaser are the pancakes. Their enormous pancakes are best consumed with blueberry, banana, or chocolate chip toppings. Bobo’s has all the essentials of a diner—a simple menu, great service, hot coffee, and really good food.
If you’re going to Butters, you’d better be hungry. This casual breakfast spot serves up healthy sized omelets, scramblers, eggs benedict, and French toast. They also serve large, fluffy pancakes as a free side with many of their breakfast combinations. Their delicious food hasn’t gone unnoticed. Butters is usually packed with hungry patrons no matter the time of day. However, it’s worth the wait to sit on their patio and enjoy your meal in the warm Arizona sunshine.
It doesn’t get more local than Matt’s Big Breakfast. Matt’s uses local produce and natural ingredients to form their simple, and delicious, menu. They’ve earned their reputation as one of Arizona’s best by making simple favorites like the breakfast sandwich The Five Spot, salami scramble, and cheese omelet. You can pair your entrees with home fries, hash browns, bottomless coffee, or the esteemed strawberry honey lemonade. This small Phoenix restaurant is hugely popular and even appeared on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives.”
Crêpe Bar brings a taste of France to Arizona. This modern café has received numerous accolades for serving up some of the best and most creative crêpes in the Valley. Their menu focuses on two types of crêpes: Sweet and savory. The sweet crepes include the fresh-to-order vanilla bean, honey, and the Nutella infused first time. The savory crêpes are a more creative bunch and include flavors like breakfast burrito, paprika chicken, and Jamaican jerk pork sausage. You’ll also enjoy their coffee, local artwork on display, and healthy side dishes like yogurt and granola.
At Prep & Pastry breakfast and booze go together like bacon and eggs. Prep & Pastry serves fresh, locally sourced food and has an extensive list of cocktails, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s at their disposal. Aside from their drinks, their menu has a little something for every type of foodie. They serve up traditional breakfast items but get a little creative with items like the a.m. relleno, avocado toasted, oven roasted sweet potato hash, and the cast iron duck confit. If you need some greasy food to go with your Bloody Mary, try the breakfast poutine. It’s made with two over easy eggs, fries, and cheese curds in a pool of delicious pork belly, duck fat and sausage gravy.
It’s hard to determine the best part about Ncounter. It could be their fresh-from-scratch menu. It could be the location right on Mill Avenue. Or it could be the shaded patio. Either way, Ncounter is a great breakfast place. You can’t go wrong with any of their menu items. You can choose between an egg’s Benedict, red velvet waffles, and even a Chipotle egg burrito. Ncounter’s casual environment fits perfectly on Mill Avenue. Weekends might be inundated with hungry college students, but it’s worth fighting crowds to have a great breakfast experience.