8 Best Casual Brunch Spots in Tucson

Here are our top pics for brunch and mimosas. The weekend just got brighter.

Last modified on October 29th, 2018 at 10:56 am

Mimosas and Snickerdoodle Pancake at Baja Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

When eating out, weekend breakfast often falls into three main categories — the greasy spoon diner breakfast, mimosa and Bloody Mary-style brunch, and the ultra-luxurious buffet.

For your pick of diners, read 34 Essential Tucson Breakfast Diners. For the classiest breakfast joints, head to Feasts, Views & Mimosas: 6 Fancy Sunday Brunch Buffets.

The restaurants below hang out in the middle and have breakfast and brunch available weekdays as well. Here is our list of the best casual brunch restaurants in Tucson.

5 Points Market & Restaurant

756 S. Stone Ave.

Busy yet relaxed, 5 Points highlights local ingredients prepared in ways that foodies truly appreciate. The Huevos Rancheros and Smoked Salmon Benedict are among the best in town but don’t hesitate to order anything off their menu. While they don’t have any alcohol, enjoy their fresh juices and shrubs.

For more information, visit 5pointstucson.com.

Baja Cafe

7002 E. Broadway Blvd. • 2970 N. Campbell Ave. • 3930 W. Ina Rd. Ste. 322
Tiramisu Pancake special at Baja Cafe Marana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tiramisu Pancake special at Baja Cafe Marana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Baja Cafe is the local champion of pancakes and eggs Benedicts. The Snickerdoodle Pancake is the popular favorite, but creative specials for both pancakes and Benedicts are introduced regularly. The lists of sauces and toppings in each Benedict seem overwhelming at a glance, but make glorious sense once you taste them.

For more information, visit bajacafetucson.com.

Blue Willow

2616 N. Campbell Ave.
Cherry Bomb at Blue Willow (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cherry Bomb at Blue Willow (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Open since 1978, Blue Willow has one of the best patios in town. The menu features American classics in a comfortable environment influenced by Julia Child and a touch of the Southwest. Don’t miss out on their desserts.

For more information, visit bluewillowtucson.com.

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.
Cast Iron Baked Eggs (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress on Facebook)

Cast Iron Baked Eggs (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress on Facebook)

Home of the famous Cast Iron Baked Eggs, Hotel Congress features a balanced brunch menu with custom omelets, daily-changing quiches, and more. Try not to get too distracted by the mesmerizing rotating dessert case.

For more information visit hotelcongress.com.

Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.
Latte, eclair, fresh fruit tart, Napoleon, and crème brûlée at Ghini's French Caffe and La Baguette Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Latte, eclair, fresh fruit tart, Napoleon, and crème brûlée at Ghini’s French Caffe and La Baguette Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Since 1992, Ghini’s has served as an intimate neighborhood cafe with a pet-friendly patio and owner-chef Coralie Satta (a.k.a. Ghini) usually on site. The Eggs Provencal is the most famous dish but do try the Croque Madame and Roasted Garlic & Brie Omelette. Stop by La Baguette Bakery next door — run by Ghini’s father — for dessert or something to-go.

For more information, visit ghiniscafe.com.

Nook

1 E. Congress St.
Steak Salad at Nook (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Steak Salad at Nook (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While Nook offers an eclectic range of brunch options with a touch of Hawaiian influence, it’s hard to say no to their hanger steak options. Grab a seat outside if you can — their updated urban patio and small garden is fabulous.

For more information, visit nookdowntown.com.

Prep & Pastry

3073 N. Campbell Ave. • 6450 E. Grant Rd. Ste. 160
Assorted items at Prep & Pastry (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted items at Prep & Pastry (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prep & Pastry is one of the busiest restaurants in town for good reason. They have the whole package down with a fun vibe, wide selection of mimosas, and assorted dishes and pastries you’ll find yourselves craving by dinner time.

Bonus tip — if you don’t want to wait for a table on Sunday, check out sister restaurant Commoner & Co. for Sunday brunch.

For more information, visit prepandpastry.com.

Welcome Diner

902 E. Broadway Blvd.
Grilled Toast and a Mimosa at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Guac Toast and a Mimosa at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Welcome Diner’s tongue-in-cheek brunch cocktail menu is the main draw with simple cocktails executed well. Fresh juice mimosas and the Cajun Mary are safe go-to options, but check out the El Sorber with tequila añejo, chile ancho liqueur, cinnamon, and cold brew. The Three Sisters Burrito is a staff pick.

For more information, visit welcomediner.net.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
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