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The Best Breakfast Spots in Phoenix | Arizona

The Best Breakfast Spots in Phoenix | Arizona

Lux Central | 4402 N Central Ave, Phoenix

It’s hard to choose what to order at Lux Central because there are simply so many drool worthy options. However, we usually end up coming back to Aunt Glady’s Homemade Salsa over four strips of tender belly bacon, three scrambled eggs, white cheddar and hash (pictured above). To add a little sweetness to our savory, we order a latte topped with Lux’s homemade whipped cream that’s so thick they use a spatula to smear it into your mug.

Matt's Big Breakfast | 825 North First Street, Phoenix

The original breakfast spot in Phoenix, Matt’s Big Breakfast used to be located in a teeny tiny brick building on a corner lot in downtown that always seemed to have at least an hour long wait. They’ve since expanded, and now have 4 locations in the Valley, and while their wait has shortened, their food continues to draw people in. Simple ingredients, and generous portions place Matt’s Big Breakfast as one of the best breakfast spots in Phoenix for us.

Carolina's | 1202 E Mohave Street, Phoenix 

Don’t let the bars on the windows deter you. Carolina’s is locally known for the best homemade tortillas and we love their salsa so much, we drink it straight from the little plastic cups it’s served in. Order the Chorizo w/Egg, Potatoes, and Beans Burro. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the Oaxacan Special (our personal favorite).

Phoenix Public Market | 14 E Pierce Street, Phoenix

While Phoenix Publix Market boats an impressive hot breakfast menu, we are drawn here for their homemade, gourmet Toaster Pastries. Set in a renovated central Phoenix brick building, Phoenix Public Market delivers on delicious food + ambiance. Also, if your homebase is more southeast, check out their sister location, Tempe Public Market.

La Grande Orange | 410 N 40th St, Phoenix

No other breakfast sandwich can compare with La Grand Orange’s Commuter (especially if you add avocado in addition to your bacon). For those of you with a sweet tooth, we recommend their French Pancakes.

Harlow’s Cafe | 1021 W University Dr, Tempe

With wood paneled walls and limitless refills on black coffee, Harlow’s is a classic diner and a popular hangover hangout, likely thanks to its delicious, yet greasy offerings. Their Chorizo-rito Burro will absorb all of your previous night’s liquor (and then some) and give you a positive outlook for the day. But if you’re not into breakfast burritos, they have pages of breakfast selections, providing an option for even the pickiest of eaters in your group.

Snooze Eatery | Art Annex, 615 S College Ave #103, Tempe

Known for their pancakes (the Blueberry Danish is hard to pass up), Snooze Eatery delivers on the sweets, but doesn’t forget about the savories. And their staff is always the nicest. Good for patio or indoor seating (we recommend arriving before 9:00am to avoid the crowds).

For a quick breakfast…

Bosa Donuts | Multiple locations

Hands down, our favorite donuts we’ve ever had. So light. So fluffy. The best. And less than $10 for a dozen.

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12 Things to Do in the Presidio | San Francisco

12 Things to Do in the Presidio | San Francisco