The 10 Best Diners in Arizona!

Freshly brewed coffee. Sizzling bacon and eggs. Early bird specials. You’ll find all this and more at these local diners. The following breakfast spots offer their fair share of delicious menu items to go with their throwback vibes. These old-school diners are the perfect place to enjoy a casual meal no matter the time of day. Here are the 10 best in Arizona.

1. Joe’s Diner, Phoenix, AZ

Craving some pancakes? Make a trip to Joe’s Diner in central Phoenix. Their buttermilk pancakes were deemed the “Best in Phoenix” by multiple outlets, including the Phoenix New Times. This locally-run diner has also been dishing up tasty omelets, scrambles, and Arbuckle coffee for over 30 years. It doesn’t get much more local than Joe’s. They make their food from scratch cooking only with local ingredients from the Valley.

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2. Bobo’s Restaurant, Tucson, AZ

You aren’t a true Tucsonan until you’ve made a trip to Bobo’s. This small diner is always packed to the brim with hungry locals looking to get their breakfast fix. Bobo’s has been serving up classic breakfast food to Tucson locals for over 40 years. They’re known for their huge portions, particularly when it comes to their omelets and pancakes. Looking for a deal? There’s no beating their early bird special. Bobo’s sells two eggs, home fries, and toast for just $1.99.

3. Welcome Diner, Phoenix, AZ

There’s no denying the appeal of the Welcome Diner. This downtown Phoenix diner looks like a classic 1940s diner from Middle America. That’s because it is. The Welcome Diner is made from a Valentine Diner from Wichita Kansas. The entire diner only consists of nine stools and a large patio. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in flavor. The Welcome Diner is known for their made from scratch biscuits, including the famous “Sunrise” made with bacon, fried egg, cheddar, arugula, and aioli. They also sell a mix of fun foods like jambalaya and poutine.

4. Cindy’s Arizona Café, Mesa, AZ

It’s love at first bite at Cindy’s Arizona Café. This long-standing Mesa diner dishes up some of the best comfort food in the Valley. They serve a mix of breakfast favorites like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and homemade cinnamon buns all day. This casual eatery also serves up lunch and dinner items like chicken-fried steak, burgers, and even seafood. The Southwestern vibe, big portions, and delicious food make this café a can’t miss.

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5. Summit Diner, Scottsdale, AZ

You can have breakfast any time at the Summit Diner. This Scottsdale diner serves up breakfast items from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days per week. Summit Diner has just about everything you’d want from a casual diner: fresh coffee, a dog-friendly patio, and a wide-ranging menu that includes virtually every breakfast food. You can get crepes, eggs benedict, breakfast sandwiches and more at this stellar Scottsdale spot.

6. Handlebar Diner, Mesa, AZ

Good food, good drinks, and good vibes. Yes, Handlebar Diner has them all. This farm to table diner is housed in an authentic 1950s Valentine Diner. Handlebar Diner is an old-school diner that has attracted the newer generation with tasty food for every meal of the day. You can get their Southwestern-style breakfast burritos or potato hashes for breakfast. You can grab a burger, sandwich or salad for lunch. Looking for a late-night meal? Try their late-night snacks including wings, nachos, and soft pretzels. You can wash all their food down with their large list of beers, wines, and mixed drinks.

7. Little Anthony’s Diner, Tucson, AZ

You can take a trip through time at Little Anthony’s Diner. This 1950s-era diner has all the makings of a classic diner. They serve a mix of American-style meals including burgers, pizzas, and decadent sandwiches. They also dish up fine comfort food like homemade meatloaf, roast beef, and chicken fried steak. Little Anthony’s is filled with 20th century nostalgia from their décor to their frequent classic car shows.

8. 5th Avenue Café, Phoenix, AZ

Forget about the early bird special. 5th Avenue Café serves breakfast all day from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. seven days per week. This Phoenix diner has over 120 menu items in addition to a large list of daily specials. 5th Avenue Café has been a neighborhood landmark since the 1950s. Though it has gone through several name changes, 5th Avenue Café’s menu has remained largely untouched. They serve up staples like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and their famous 5th Avenue rancheros.

9. The Crown Railroad Café, Flagstaff, AZ

The Crown Railroad Café has been a Flagstaff staple since the 1960s. This popular diner is located along the historic Route 66. It’s greeted many weary travelers with comfort food like corned beef hash, huevos rancheros, and scrambled ham and cheese. Feeling extra hungry? Try the trucker’s special. It’s made with one-third pound of ground beef steak with three eggs, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy.

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10. Jerry’s Restaurant, Phoenix, AZ

Looking for a classic late night diner? Make a trip to Jerry’s Restaurant. This Phoenix diner serves up delicious comfort food any time of the day. You can grab everything from meatloaf to bacon and eggs at this low-key spot. Jerry’s is the kind of place where you can grab a spot at the counter any time of day and be welcomed with a delicious meal. What more could you want?

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