Brunch is the most important meal of the weekend – a time to fuel up, socialize and eat whatever your taste buds desire. Shake it up from your go-to spot and try a downtown restaurant that may surprise you with twists on traditional dishes and all new brunch creations. From a fiery fried chicken sandwich to decadent french toast, eggs in so many ways and plenty of mimosas, here are 12 eggsquisite places you’ve got to try for brunch in Downtown Phoenix:
The Larder + The Delta’s brunch menu changes weekly — but the hot chicken sandwich has earned a permanent spot on the menu. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Address: 200 W. Portland Street Brunch: Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price range: $8-$16 Have a hankering for some soul food in Phoenix? The Larder + The Delta’s hot chicken sandwich is sure to satisfy your cravings – while also giving you a spicy wake-up call. Served on a homemade buttermilk biscuit with a fried egg on top, this meal makes us want to try everything on the Southern, farm-to-table menu. We’re eyeing Chef Stephen Jones’ smothered cornbread or the dirty rice & eggs – and a boozy drink pairing, of course! Formerly housed in DeSoto Central Market, the restaurant recently celebrated their one year birthday in a bright space beneath Portland Place condos.
Blue Hound makes some of the best french toast we’ve ever had. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Address: Hotel Palomar / 2 E. Jefferson Street Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price range: $9-$16 Blue Hound is a nice spot if you want to spruce up and feel a little fancy, without a super fancy price tag. The french toast is made with vanilla bread pudding – the secret to why it’s so delicious. For research, we also had to try their ancho coffee brisket hash (onion, chive, potatoes, avocado, poached eggs, gravy aioli and tender brisket), avocado toast (avocado mousse, harissa spread, lemon, radish and hard boiled eggs) and smoked house taters.
Chico Malo puts their own spin on steak and eggs. (Photo: Fara Illich)
Address: CityScape Phoenix / 1 E. Washington Street Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price range: $12-$20 Chico Malo is known for its modern interior, craft cocktails (using fresh-squeezed juices) and bold flavors. The drunken French toast is an interesting twist on the traditional, using homemade French baguettes soaked with aged rum syrup, tres leches butter and caramelized banana. There are also some waistline-friendly options like the carne asada con huevos (skirt steak and poached eggs) and frittata luchador (egg white and veggie omelet). Other highlights: Mexican street food favorites like elote and shrimp ceviche.
The Breakfast Club’s patio at CityScape Phoenix is a great place to bring friends – dogs included! (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Address: CityScape Phoenix / 1 E. Washington Street Brunch: Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price range: $5.25-$16.50 The Breakfast Club is all it’s cracked up to be – with pricing and portions that are hard to beat. We recommend the the tinga chicken frittata (on the right with chipotle braised chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, pico de gallo, three cheeses, sour cream and hot sauce) or a classic eggs benedict. The Bloody Mary can cure any hangover while the mimosa is a generous size for $8.
Gallo Blanco’s tamale (left) and chilaquiles are packed with flavor. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Address: 928 E. Pierce Street Brunch: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price range: $7.50-$11 You’ve likely tried the tacos or warm churros at this Garfield neighborhood restaurant, but your Gallo Blanco experience can’t be complete without diving into the desayuno menu. The chilaquiles are served up with a short stack of corn tortillas with chicken or vegetables, cotija and oaxaca cheese, two eggs your way and a smothering of fire-roasted salsa. Admire the historic building and colorful artwork while chowing down on flavorful bites and sipping a fruity agua fresca or a latte with cajeta, a sweetened caramelized goat’s milk.
Address: Luhrs City Center / 45 W. Jefferson Street Brunch: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price range: $5.59-$10.29 La Madeleine’s country French menu boasts all day breakfast options that include a buttery quiche florentine, customizable scrambled egg crêpes or sweeter fare like the cinnamon croissant French toast. The restaurant has a variety of pastries, cookies, cakes and espresso drinks to start your day off right as well as a tasty kid’s menu.
Biscuits, gravy and a big pile of fruit make our brunch hearts happy. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Address: FOUND:RE Hotel / 1100 N. Central Ave. Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price range: $9-$15 Saturday and Sunday are a match made in heaven for great brunch choices in Downtown Phoenix. Sometimes, you just need a hearty, no frills meal – like MATCH’s biscuits and gravy with cheesy eggs (or however you like them). Or, choose from options like a classic breakfast burrito, pizzas and sandwiches. The restaurant has a large modern interior and a dog-friendly patio that neighbors FOUND:RE’s pool.
Rott n’ Grapes nails it with the eggs benedict — a health-conscious combination of pesto, avocado, tomato and greens. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Address: 1001 N. Third Ave. Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price range: $9-$14 What’s better than a dollop of mascarpone on a stack of buttery brioche bread? Paired with fresh berries, the French toast at Rott n’ Grapes is a beautiful brunch staple. Rott n’ Grapes also nais it with the eggs benedict — a health-conscious combination of pesto, avocado, tomato and greens. Add a bottle of bubbly for only $15 and make it a true brunch outing.
Watch the light rail zoom by while sipping a mimosa on the Daily Jam patio. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Address: 888 N. First Ave. Brunch: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price range: $6.75-$10.50 If brunch is your jam, this breakfast-centric spot has got to be on your list. With affordable prices and lots of options, Daily Jam (name changed from Ncounter) is a good place to order both sweet and savory options without too much guilt. The waffles can be served with just butter and syrup or dressed up with strawberries and whipped cream, chocolate chips, bananas foster and more delectable toppings. Mimosas, screwdrivers and greyhounds are just $5 or you can get a classic Bloody Mary for $7.
Address: Hotel San Carlos / 202 N. Central Ave. Brunch: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. / Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Price range: $6-$10.95 Centrico’s morning dishes are full of flavorful ingredients that add extra pep to the beginning of your day. Try the Migas (pico de gallo scrambled eggs, crispy tortilla chips, queso oaxaca, avocado and salsa molcajeta) and sweeten up your meal with seasonal fruit coated in lime and tajin. Make sure you have time after brunch to check out the Hotel San Carlos’ star walk and learn about the 1928 hotel’s fascinating history.
Bloody Mary deals and tasty brunch choices like the lobster omelet? Count us in! (Photo: Fara Illich)
Address: Arizona Center / 455 N. Third Street Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price range: $10-$15 Every Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m., 1130 The Restaurant serves up “two for $6” Bloody Marys and Mimosas, which might be one of downtown’s best kept brunch secrets. You can also find an assortment of benedicts, burgers, salads and the 1130 Lobster Omelet – a three-egg omelet filled with jack cheese, avocado, onions and peppers, topped with a rich, creole-style lobster sauce. Other highlights: it’s casual, affordable and family-friendly.
Address: 333 E. Roosevelt Street Brunch: Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. / Friday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Price range: $5-$11 You can get a sweet or savory crepe, waffles or avocado toast from day to night at Jobot – plus an assortment of coffee and tea options. For something special, head to the Roosevelt Point shop on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Beats and Brunch. A DJ and special menu items – like $3 mimosas – make Jobot a downtown brunch favorite.