They typically don’t serve dinner.
For a foodie, every meal is the most important meal of the day. However, we’ve all had mornings when nothing sounds more satisfying than a giant, greasy spoon breakfast.
For some, it’s buttery pancakes bigger than the plate, while for others it’s classic omelets and home fries. Either way, there should be bacon, sausage links, and a stack of toast involved.
If you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, check out these 18 breakfast diners. Just be sure to pace yourself.
If you’re looking for an out of the box diner experience, Baja Cafe will surely satisfy your cravings. You may face difficulty deciding between the classic buttermilk pancake flavors, fruity french toast options, and the wide range of benedicts.
Menu highlights include:
If you can resist temptation and opt for a healthy option, Baja Cafe has you covered with menu items like the Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes and Habanero Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tacos.
For more information, visit bajacafetucson.com.
If you’re feeling patriotic and want to celebrate America with classic breakfast food, Biscuits may be your spot. Their slogan, “At Biscuits, no one leaves hungry”, also serves as a portion-size warning.
Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit biscuitscountrycafe.com.
Famous for their giant griddle pancakes with crispy, caramelized edges, Bobo’s is a favorite for Tucson locals, snowbirds, and hungover students. Despite mounting popularity, Bobo’s has maintained diner-dive prices along with a line out the door every morning to prove it. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit bobostucson.com.
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The Bread & Butter Cafe prides itself on three things: being family-owned, providing top-notch customer service, and homemade pies. They’ve been upholding these standards since 1992. Each day, you’ll find 10 to 15 flavors of freshly baked pies, with additional options available if you order 24 hours in advance. And yes, the pies really are that good. Not pictured above – a slice of Coconut Cream. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit breadandbuttercafetucson.com.
With a Create-Your-Own-Breakfast special that includes four items for only $4.95, Brawleys is sure to fit your budget. If you’re an early-riser, the diner will also fit your schedule, opening at 5am every day.
For more information, visit brawleysrestaurant.com.
A Tucson staple since the ’60s, this family-owned spot offers more than your standard breakfast food. If you’re in the mood for freshly baked bread, home-made pies and huge cinnamon rolls, smothered in icing and made from scratch, get yourself to Gus Balon’s. Menu highlights include:
Note: Gus Balon’s is closed July 9 – August 6 for Summer vacation. For more information, visit Gus Balon’s on Facebook.
Once voted best Huevos Rancheros in Tucson, Frank’s is always reliable for a Sonoran spin on your typical diner cuisine. In terms of ambience, the term “greasy spoon” is not totally off the mark, but consider yourself warned. The sign out front does say “Elegant Dining Elsewhere.” Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit franksrestaurant.com.
If you find yourself looking to fill up on a lot of food for a low price, Jerry Bob’s likely has a location close by. And, believe it or not, this is a locally owned and operated business. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit jerrybobsaz.com.
Located in a nondescript strip mall on Grant, KG’s is a go-to spot for the many people that work close-by. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit KG’s Westside Cafe on Yelp.
Jethro’s portions could qualify it as a brunch destination, considering your breakfast will likely hold you over well past lunch time. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit Jethro’s Cafe on Facebook.
Since being taken over by new ownership in 2010, Mother Hubbard’s has reinvented their menu to feature Native American-inspired comfort cuisine. The mostly gluten-free menu features plenty of unique breakfast options, perfect to pair with locally-sourced Cafe Aqui coffee. Men’s Health even named Mother Hubbard’s one of the top 12 diners in the U.S. in their 2015 roundup. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit motherhubbardscafe.com.
Located inside the Tucson Truck Terminal (the Triple T), Omar’s serves up classic truck stop fare and 24-hour breakfast. Since Chef Omar took over in 1996, it has become an icon for many I-10 truckers and travelers, and was featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit omarshiwaychef.com.
With the slogan “a legendary non-gourmet neighborhood restaurant”, you know you’re in for a treat. Pappy’s portions are legendary as well. Don’t be fooled by the pancakes, in particular. Your “Baby Stack” will come served on a large pizza tray. In the words of owner Peter Lembessis, “We don’t do small.” Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit pappysdiner.com.
Poco & Mom’s has been Tucson’s New Mexican breakfast eatery for over fourteen years. Their red and green chiles are straight from Hatch, New Mexico and incorporated into a good portion of their menu items. If you’re in a hurry but still need your Green Chile Breakfast Burrito fix, there’s always the drive-thru. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit pocoandmoms.com.
Open Mondays through Saturdays at 6am, Robert’s has been serving their “made from scratch” food since 1978. Just like at the Balon family’s other Tucson diner staple, Gus Balon’s, the pies and breads are made every day in-house and the cinnamon rolls are larger than life. Robert’s is owned and operated by Gus and Kay’s grandson, Boyd. Menu highlights include:
Note: Robert’s is closed July 9 – August 6 for Summer vacation. For more information, visit robertstucson.com.
Sunny Daze prides itself on bringing “the beach to the desert” with a California-inspired menu of breakfast dishes, burgers and Tex-Mex dishes. Regulars recommend the Huevos Rancheros and Sunny Puffs (deep-fried dough with powdered sugar). Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit sunnydazecafe.com.
The Hungry Fox has been serving country-style breakfast food in Tucson for over 50 years. If you notice that your eggs are exceptionally good, it’s because the chefs double the yolks in every order. After you eat your fill of hot skillets, potato pancakes, and cinnamon rolls, check out the gift shop. Menu highlights include:
For more information, visit thehungryfox.com.