Grilled Toast and a Mimosa at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Welcome Diner hasn’t experienced trouble filling seats for dinner and late-night service, but in the morning the place is completely empty.
It’s not because of poor food or service – they just weren’t open before 5 p.m. However, the name has triggered a consistent reaction of, “They’re a diner? Why don’t they offer breakfast?”
Thankfully, Welcome Diner has recognized the demand and have set a date to open doors earlier. Having recently launched a test-run, weekend-only brunch, beginning December 12, they’ll open every day of the week at 9 a.m.
Breakfast and brunch items will be available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., while select salads, sandwiches, and burgers will be available after 11 a.m.
The expansion isn’t forced whatsoever. The southern comfort food naturally translates well to breakfast foods.
Breakfast and brunch includes the usual fare such as Biscuits and Gravy ($7) and the Simply Classic Omelette ($8). Much like Welcome Diner’s dinner menu, seemingly simple items aren’t as simple as they appear.
Canadian bacon isn’t missed with the Eggs Benedict ($12). The pork belly from the E&R Pork whole pig butchered in-house is both crispy and melt-in-your-mouth tender thanks to the braised-and-fried process. The hollandaise doesn’t overwhelm the already fatty pork with richness, as the extra lemon in it provides the needed acidity for balance.
Eggs Benedict at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)
The Grilled Toast ($7) is actually a Mexican twist on avocado toast, featuring guacamole, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and a sunny-side up egg.
Mexican influences manage to find other ways seamlessly into the menu.
The Pork Posole Rojo ($12), normally available during dinner, appears on the morning menu to help cure a hangover or whatever ails you.
While birria isn’t hard to find in Tucson, it’s not always made with the traditional goat meat. Welcome Diner’s Birria y Tamal ($12) features stewed goat, pickled onion, cabbage, and a poached egg.
Welcome Diner’s giving some love to the brunch cocktail menu as well, of course.
The Cajun Mary ($8) features a house blend of tomatoes, trinity (onions, bell peppers, and celery) and Cajun spices with some pickled veggies and a rim of charred corn husk salt.
Michelada lovers will enjoy the Bloody Beer ($8), which features the house mix with Tecate Light.
Cajun Mary at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Most of the other cocktails will be available until Welcome Diner closes at 2 a.m.
“We’re still a place you can come into late at night for a craft cocktail,” said Connor Mansager, beverage manager at Welcome Diner.
Even though the expansion into morning hours is just starting, guests can look forward to continuous changes.
“We’ll keep on finding new products,” said Michael Babcock, founding chef and partner with Welcome Hospitality. “Seasons change.”
- Welcome Breakfast – 2 eggs, hash browns, biscuit
- Biscuits and Gravy – sausage country gravy
- Simple Classic Omelette – chives, Gruyere cheese, grilled toast
- Andouille Scramble – grilled onions and bell peppers, hash browns, toast
- Grilled and Roasted Vegetables – eggs divorciados, corn tortillas
- Birria y Tamal – stewed goat, pickled onion, cabbage, poached egg
- Pork Posole Rojo – mole-spiced black pudding
- Eggs Benedict – hollandaise, poached eggs, pork belly, biscuit, hash browns
- El Birote Sandwich – chorizo, potatoes, beans, egg, Oaxaca cheese, avocado
- Grilled Toast – guacamole, pico de gallo, sunny-side up egg, Cotija cheese
- House-Made Granola – with house-made almond milk
- 2 Classic Pancakes – local butter, real maple syrup
- House-Made Brioche – rotational toppings
Lunch Menu Highlights
- Tat Soi Salad – persimmon, lardons, cacahuates japoneses
- Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad – Cotija cheese, cherry tomato, crema
- The Carol – Barrio Rojo braised pork, Carolina BBQ, and slaw on a biscuit
- Big Jim – fried chicken, country gravy, cheddar, and bacon on a biscuit
- Fried Green Tomato – corn relish, chipotle ranch, and arugula on sourdough
- Jackfruit Po’ Boy – Barrio Rojo braised jackfruit, Carolina BBQ, and slaw on a hoagie
- No Way Jose Burger – 6 oz. patty, jalapeño relish, chipotle ranch, smoked Gouda, Muenster, arugula
For more information, visit welcomediner.net