Brunch is a way of life in Phoenix and offered seemingly everywhere, from nightclubs (Riot House) to steakhouses (Maple & Ash) and beyond. Here, we present some of the best classic spots in the Valley for mimosas and waffles – with a side of fries.
This local indoor-outdoor staple is great during spring. All of its locations are known for being dog friendly and the Arcadia location is situated along the canal, allowing guests to arrive on bike if they so choose. All brunch orders include a monster mimosa or beer and the casual atmosphere (and overload of pups) make it easy to kick back and relax all day. Along with brewing their own beer, O.H.S.O. also distills their own gin and vodka so be sure to try a cocktail or two.
While this hoppin’ spot has three Valley locations, we suggest visiting the original in Scottsdale. Located in the heart of Old Town, this spot is easily one of the area’s top picks for brunch-goers and is favored among everyone from locals and tourists to families, early-risers and those nursing a hangover. Their menu features all the classics, plus a full bar of spirits and espresso will get your day started. Dig into their delicious breakfast grilled cheese or big southwestern burrito.
This local spot has five locations throughout the Valley. For the best experience, visit the McDowell Mountain location where a sprawling “backyard” is home to views of the nearby mountains, yard games and fire pits. The Vig’s menu boasts things like build-your-own-mimosas, coconut french toast and chilaquiles.
Matt’s Big Breakfast
What started in 2004 in downtown Phoenix has now grown to five Valley locations with the stamp of approval from Diners, Dive-Ins & Drives. Sourcing all-natural organic and local produce, this popular joint serves up the classics for a downright good breakfast. Things like omelets and griddle cakes keep guests coming back time and time again.
With a slogan that “butter makes everything better,” you know you can’t go wrong here. Nearly everything on the menu includes their signature pancakes (very important) as it should. With an upscale diner feel, Butters is great for families and offers something for everyone, from decadent creations like Nutella crepes to simple dishes like Denver omelettes. Even the classic eggs and bacon breakfast here is a total standout. While there are no mimosas or Bloody Marys to go around, their espresso bar and fresh-squeezed juices more than make up for it.
With four locations throughout the Valley, this popular brunch spot is great for those looking for over-the-top creations, the state’s largest Bloody Mary bar and a DJ spinning upbeat hits. Order the mimosa flight and one of their famous hashes for a solid start to your day. For a calmer experience, visit earlier in the morning as the restaurant really comes alive around 10 a.m.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
A quirky, retro chain, Snooze has a wide variety of menu items from unique things like habanero pork belly benedicts and a breakfast pot pie, to healthier options like grain bowls and sweet potato hashes. Popular picks cater to the indecisive like the pancake flights that let you pick three types of cakes and the Benny Duo, which includes a half order of two benedicts.
For a slightly more classy brunch spot, The Henry in Phoenix has it all: a stunning bar with tufted chairs, a walk-up coffee shop, cozy couches and a neighborhood feel. The menu offers things like smoked salmon bagels, brussel sprout caesar salads and seasonal spritzers.
An interesting fusion of Mexican and Asian, this hotspot features a bottomless brunch which includes unlimited shared plates and desserts plus an entree for each guest. Moreover, thirsty diners can add on bottomless Bloody Marys, margaritas, mimosas, micheladas or draft beers. Fill up on quirky items like pancake “street” tacos and liquid cheesecake before diving into a churro waffle or ahi poke bowl.
Only open for brunch on weekends, The Mission is a local staple for modern Latin American cuisine. Red chile pork chilaquiles; corn, crab and shrimp pancakes; and Latin eggs benedicts are just a few of the unique dishes to savor here. If you’re really hungry, visit on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their Pig Out, an all-you-can-eat special of their delicious pork tacos plus half-off savings on select drinks like mimosas and beers.