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While breakfast diners aren’t typically known for their remarkable pendant lighting or attention to detail, you can usually count on the server to make sure your coffee stays refilled and your pancakes, eggs, and bacon arrive piping hot.
Below is our list of essential Tucson breakfast diners. For nicer breakfast joints, read 22 Upscale Breakfast & Brunch Picks in Tucson and Feasts, Views & Mimosas: 6 Fancy Sunday Brunch Buffets.
Though the exterior is inconspicuous, service is surprisingly quick and efficient. Definitely a classic Tucson breakfast diner.
For more information, visit Ajo Cafe on Facebook.
Alice’s proudly features homestyle cuisine with dishes such as a Hot Turkey Platter and Liver & Onions.
For more information, visit Alice’s on Facebook.
While Baja Cafe can nail the classics, they’ve gained a cult following with their experimental, bold creations such as the Roadrunner 3.0 with two grilled jalapeño popper tamale cakes, New Mexican red chile sauce, sautéed fire roasted green chilies, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, sweet onions, two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, avocado tomatillo arbol chile sauce, and chimichurri.
For more information, visit bajacafetucson.com.
Now with four locations in Tucson, Bisbee Breakfast Club features mostly breakfast classics with a handful of Mexican-inspired creations.
For more information, visit bisbeebreakfastclub.com.
Biscuits Country Cafe is as patriotic as can be with red, white, and blue everywhere. They also offer a loyalty program.
For more information, visit biscuitscountrycafe.com.
A local favorite, Bobo’s serves up decadent banana pancakes worth coming back for.
For more information, visit bobostucson.com.
Brawley’s has served up breakfast for over 30 years. Though they’ve relocated, they’re still every bit as cozy and rustic.
For more information, visit brawleysrestaurantaz.com.
Bacon Cakes = pancakes with chopped bacon mixed in the batter. They also offer a massive selection of homemade pies.
For more information, visit breadandbuttercafetucson.com.
Even though Breakfast Stop is one of the newest restaurants on this list, they’ve already earned a devout following for their green corn tamales and corned beef hash. By the way, they also serve dinner.
Keep up with Breakfast Stop Family Restaurant on Facebook.
The chicken fried steak is too big to finish. But it’s too good to share. Get it anyways.
Keep up with Cappy’s Breakfast Cafe on Facebook.
Enjoy breakfast until 3 p.m. with local art for sale hanging on all the walls.
For more information, visit clairescafe.net.
Onion’s the name, but home fries are their game — crispy and seasoned well.
For more information, visit theoniontucson.com.
The Egg Connection will hook you up with huge portions and hand-formed burgers.
For more information, visit theeggconnection.com.
Good Day Cafe nails all the hallmarks of a true breakfast diner, plus they have an annual NFL playoffs-themed burger bracket.
For more information, visit Good Day Cafe on Facebook.
While they offer the classics such as cinnamon rolls, they also manage to update their Facebook page twice daily with the breakfast and lunch specials.
For more information, visit Gus Balon’s on Facebook.
This neighborhood diner by day becomes a Mexican food joint at night with gargantuan burros.
For more information, visit franksrestaurant.com.
As greasy spoon as it gets. The sourdough toast is the toast to choose. The seasonal pancakes such as Pumpkin Pancakes or Eggnog Pancakes are also worth a trip.
For more information, visit Happy Rooster Cafe on Facebook.
With double-yolks and homemade white toast, the simplest dishes become exceptional.
Keep up with the Hungry Fox on Facebook.
Even though Jerry Bob’s has multiple locations around town, they’re actually local.
For more information, visit jerrybobsaz.com.
Jethro’s signature Hill Billy Pancakes feature shredded potatoes, ham, onion, sand green peppers.
For more information, visit Jethro’s Cafe on Facebook.
Over at “J-HOP,” pancakes come aplenty and service is fabulously friendly.
For more information, visit Joe’s Pancake House on Facebook.
Come for the early bird special or daily breakfast specials. Also, keep in mind that if KG’s is your neighborhood diner, Dragoon is your neighborhood brewery.
For more information, visit KG’s Westside Cafe on Yelp.
… and if Laverna’s is your neighborhood diner, Iron John’s is your neighborhood brewery. Don’t miss out on the banana pecan pancakes.
For more information, visit Laverna’s Coffee Shop on Facebook.
While Millie’s also offers traditional breakfast dishes in a comfortable environment, you’ll want to try the German dishes and Russian blintzes.
Having opened over 30 years ago, Old Times Kafe provides effortless nostalgia.
For more information, visit oldtimeskafe.com.
Inside the Tucson Truck Terminal (the Triple T), Omar’s is the closest thing Tucson has to the diner from Pulp Fiction. The food is marvelous too.
For more information, visit omarshiwaychef.com.
Portions are enormous, even though prices are affordable. Prepare for a food coma after eating one of their stuffed burgers.
For more information, visit pappysdiner.com.
While their cantina location is nice for margaritas, their original location is the place to go for a diner experience with New Mexico influence.
For more information, visit pocoandmoms.com.
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Now forty years old, Robert’s has developed a loyal neighborhood following with its made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, bread, and more.
For more information, visit robertstucson.com.
Churro French Toast actually tastes more like a churro and not like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, however that works.
For more information, visit sahuarocafe.com.
The food is classic diner, but the vibe is has the influence a San Diego fish taco shack. Mark’s Spicy Bacon Cheese Burger is a hidden gem with its fried onion petals. Raspados are also available off the menu.
For more information, visit sunnydazecafe.net.
Another option in the Catalina area, Sunny Side Up Cafe provides more of a no-frills experience.
For more information, visit Sunny Side Up Cafe on Yelp.
While the neighborhood features a few nicer breakfast joints, Viv’s is more of the hole-in-the-wall diner staff knows everybody’s names. The Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich with green chiles and jack cheese is one of their signature items.
Keep up with Viv’s Cafe on Facebook.
Welcome Diner is almost too nice to be on this list. Nice plateware and an exceptional cocktail program aren’t typical for a breakfast diner. The space looks like what how you would imagine a diner cleaned up to Hollywood standards. But you can get eggs, hash browns, and a cup of Joe at 8 a.m.
For more information, visit welcomediner.net.
Know of one or two essential Tucson breakfast diners we missed? Let us know!
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