6 December, 2019, 22:21

30+ mouth-watering brunch plates that’ll kickstart the weekend

Brunch cocktails optional but encouraged.

Weekends are for late-morning brunch on a patio in the shade, with your dog at snoozing at your feet, while laughing with your friends.

They are for cozy dishes or light bites and breakfast cocktails.

Whether you like to start your day with a dish that’s savory — with or without eggs — or sweet, we have options for you to indulge in.

View our guide to brunch plates in Tucson (and bonus articles linked below for those who run solely on caffeine, need a cheap breakfast, hangover cure, or something that screams health).

Savory options

Brunch with eggs

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Huevos Rancheros at 5 Points Market and Restaurant

756 S. Stone Ave.
Huevos Rancheros (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Huevos Rancheros (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

A corn tortilla is buried beneath layers of pinto beans, over medium eggs, sharp white cheddar, and a pool of piquant house ranchero. Top that with pico de gallo, slivers of perfectly ripe avocado, and a smattering of cilantro-serrano pesto for a taste sensation.

It’s well-balanced and satisfying, leaving no room for a slice of one of their beautifully decorated cakes. Best paired with an exotic iced tea — Lil’ Dickens is my go-to — or cold brew. Read more…

Breakfast Salad at Agustin Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento, Ste.150

Breakfast Salad at Agustin Kitchen (Credit: Jenn Teufel)

This one is for those of you who crave all the flavors of a breakfast sammie without the heft of the bread.

The Breakfast Salad at Agustin Kitchen features a bed of organic greens tossed in a light tomato and bacon dressing and is topped with a local farm-fresh poached egg and roasted peppers. Read more…

Vegetarian Omelette at Arizona Inn

2200 E. Elm St.

Vegetarian Omelette (at Arizona Inn (Credit: Jenn Teufel)

The Vegetarian Omelette at Arizona Inn is a simple American-style omelette featuring melted havarti and fresh spinach and tomatoes, topped with a large fan of creamy avocado. The tangy, garlicky tomatoes burst with flavor and the house potatoes are tender and delicious.

Save the sweet treat for last — their vibrant house-made marmalade. Read more…

Blue Willow Special at Blue Willow

2616 N. Campbell Ave.

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Today we chose @bluewillowtucson a Tucson mainstay set in a 1940's adobe home and serving home style goodness. We arrived about 15 minutes before they opened and found a whole bunch of people waiting including a family that spends every birthday and anniversary at this little spot. I went with the Blue Willow Special which is scrambled eggs with shredded chicken, Hatch green chiles, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, warm salsa, and sour cream. The scramble also comes with chopped corn tortillas but I 86ed it for the sake of the diet. I also had to pass on pinto beans and warm corn tortillas which come on the side. That made me sad, but only until I ate the first bite. Good food, warm friendly service and a room full of regulars convinced me that I need to come back again! #tastingtucson

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Eating at Blue Willow genuinely makes you feel at home, especially with the cozy fireplace.

Although the bakery is gaining popularity, they’re most known for their breakfast and brunch.

The Blue Willow Special is first on the menu. It features three eggs scrambled with shredded chicken, diced hatch green chiles, tomatoes, and chopped corn tortillas. Cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream generously top the dish and, incase you thought that was all, it is served with home-style potatoes or pinto beans and toast. Phew, you better make room in your stomach before you visit.

If you’re looking for something that you don’t have to share, try the French Toast, another stand-out item.

My Cousin Benny at Bottega Michelangelo

420 W. Magee Rd.
My Cousin Benny from brunch at Bottega Michelangelo (Credit: Jackie Tran)

My Cousin Benny from brunch at Bottega Michelangelo (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Italian interpretation of the brunch staple features cauliflower cakes, crispy pancetta, avocado, poached cage-free eggs, lemon hollandaise, and potato hash.

If you’re not feeling a mimosa and can appreciate bitters, check out the Fernetaboutit with Fernet-Branca, Borghetti espresso liqueur, and half-and-half. Read more…

Chilaquiles at Cafe a la C’Art

150 N. Main Ave.
Chilaquiles at Cafe a la C'Art (Photo courtesy of Cafe a la C'Art)

Chilaquiles at Cafe a la C’Art (Photo courtesy of Cafe a la C’Art)

What if I told you there was a socially acceptable way to eat chips and salsa for breakfast?

At Cafe a la C’Art, the tortilla chips are covered with a Hatch red chile sauce and topped with two eggs, avocado, cheddar, jack cheese, and calabacitas. Read more…

Bacon Carbonara at Commoner & Co.

6960 E. Sunrise Dr.
Bacon Carbonara at Commoner & Co. (Photo courtesy of Commoner & Co.)

Bacon Carbonara at Commoner & Co. (Photo courtesy of Commoner & Co.)

*Please note that the restaurant is currently closed for renovations.

How do you like your eggs and bacon? Pasta-fied is the correct answer here.

At Commoner & Co., the two present themselves as Bacon Carbonara, influenced from the Roman carbonara. Typically, the dish features spaghetti with salty guanciale and a sauce of creamy egg, Pecorino Romano, and a generous amount of black pepper. Read more…

Cast Iron Baked Eggs at Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St.
Cast Iron Baked Eggs at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Cast Iron Baked Eggs at Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Cast iron skillets serve as the ultimate presentation for comforting dishes.

The Cast Iron Baked Eggs features a skillet filled with two poached eggs, ham, leeks, shallots, Gruyere cheese, cream, and fines herbes with a side of Hotel potatoes and toast. Read more…

Breakfast Flatbread at the Dutch Eatery & Refuge

943 E. University Blvd.
Breakfast Flatbread at the Dutch Eatery & Refuge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Breakfast Flatbread at the Dutch Eatery & Refuge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Toast, English muffins, and bagels get all the breakfast bread love, but flatbread deserves some attention too.

At The Dutch Eatery & Refuge, their Breakfast Flatbread is loaded with avocado, smoked salmon, herbed cheese, and a fried egg. And they have a killer breakfast happy hour for you to take advantage of. Read more…

Eggs Provençal at Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.
Eggs Provençal at Ghini's French Caffe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eggs Provençal at Ghini’s French Caffe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Eggs Provençal features locally sourced tomatoes, fresh garlic, thyme, and farm fresh eggs. Although the dish comes with toast (freshly baked by the owner’s father next door at La Baguette), get the hashbrowns — crispy potatoes in butter (yes, please).

Truthfully, the dish is perfectly balanced and seasoned, but the rich butter-basted eggs star. Read more…

The Godfather Benedict at Nook

1 E. Congress St.
The Godfather Benedict at Nook (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

The Godfather Benedict at Nook (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Since the oldest-known recipe for the Eggs Benedict has been around for over a century now, chefs have been adding their own regional and personal twists to the dish.

At downtown restaurant Nook, the Godfather Benedict swaps out the Canadian bacon for prosciutto. Their interpretation also adds arugula and balsamic drizzle for a bit of bitter and sweet tang to balance out the rich hollandaise. Read more…

Had enough of Bennys? Try this.

Nook hits the ball out of the park with their Hanger Steak and Eggs. The dish features smoked chimichurri, a smashed hash, and two eggs.

Here’s the thing that makes this a true masterpiece: their tangy, smoked red chimichurri. This sauce keeps “bland” from touching the plate. Read more…

Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab at The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.
Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab at the Parish

Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab at the Parish (Photo courtesy of the Parish)

The Cornmeal Crusted Soft Shell Crab features a crunchy, fried soft-shell crab, fried green tomato, caramelized onion, green chorizo, smoked Anaheim pepper aioli, baby arugula, and a sunny egg sandwiched between two English muffin halves.

Pair it with the Parish Bloody Mary and add a dash of the house-fermented hot sauce. Read more…

Breakfast Poke at TallBoys

600 N. Fourth Ave.
Breakfast Poke at TallBoys (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Breakfast Poke at TallBoys (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eggs and bacon might be all Ron Swanson needs, but you might consider venturing into uncharted territory at TallBoys.

If you don’t mind fish for breakfast, then you must check out the Breakfast Poke at TallBoys. A bowl of white rice is topped with raw salmon, nori, pickled ginger, cucumbers, radish, pickled onions, carrots, a sunny side up egg, and avocado. Read more...

English Breakfast at Ten55 Brewing Company

110 E. Congress St.
English Breakfast at Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

English Breakfast at Ten55 Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

At Ten55 Brewing Company, the English Breakfast takes a mostly traditional route with two fried eggs, Belgian fries, tomato, mushrooms, beans, boudin blanc, and toast.

While the conventional English breakfast features blood pudding, this interpretation features local Forbes Meat Company Cajun-inspired boudin blanc. Pair it with a beermosa — no regrets! Read more…

Tamal Breakfast Plate at Time Market

444 E. University Blvd.

The entire experience at Time Market is memorable. The fresh flowers and local produce that greet you as you enter, the smell of roasted coffee, large pizzas being pulled out of the wood-fire oven, and those baked goods at the check out.

Grab yourself a drink while you peruse the breakfast menu. There are no misses here, but if you’re feeling hungry, get the Tamal Breakfast Plate. It features a pan-fried house tamal, poached egg, green chile, avocado, cheddar, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes, salsa, cilantro, and green onion — aka mouthfuls of goodness.

Another favorite is their Toad in the Hole —house brioche roll toasted with an egg and crispy herb potatoes — for just $5.

Breakfast Pizza at Zona 78

7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Weekend Brunch item Breakfast Pizza at Zona 78 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Breakfast Pizza at Zona 78 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eggs and bacon on a pizza on a weekend morning counts as brunch.

This wood-fired pizza is topped with mozzarella, Yukon potatoes, green bell pepper, bacon, fresh arugula, and three over-easy eggs with a drizzle of Sriracha. Read more…

Brunch without eggs

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Corn Gorditas at Fonda La Hermanita

198 W. Cushing St.

Newly opened Mexican cafe Fonda La Hermanita is a peaceful spot to enjoy an early morning. Meet some friends or bring your pup along and try their Gorditas. The two corn tortillas (provided by Che West) are filled with your choice of protein, lightly dressed baby greens, crumbled queso fresco, black bean fresco, and pickled red onion. Order with a side of Fruta Fresca.

Pair it with a delicious agua fresca and/or cafe au liat.

Avo Toast at Goodness Fresh Food and Juice Bar

2502 N. Campbell Ave.

The Avo Toast (under ten bucks) is on their breakfast menu, which means that it’s served all day — lucky us!

Smears of smashed avocado top crispy slices of toasted sourdough, tasty enough to be eaten on its own. The toast is then sprinkled with pickled onion, heirloom tomato, goat cheese, and baby sprouts. You have the option to go vegan and omit the cheese or change it up — I personally love the feta.

Don’t stop there. If you’re feeling (extra) hungry, pair the meal with one of their smoothies. Hot Tropic is a go-to with pineapple, mango, and banana flavors shining through.

Chorizo Con Papas Tacos at Seis Kitchen

130 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 100 • 1765 E. River Rd.
Seis-Chata, Chorizon con Papas breakfast tacos at Seis Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Seis-Chata, Chorizon con Papas breakfast tacos at Seis Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Seis covers the breakfast spectrum with burritos, plates, tortas, and tacos.

Although Seis offers three types of breakfast tacos, our favorite is easily the Chorizo con Papas Tacos. Each order includes three handmade corn tortillas topped with house-made chorizo, crispy potatoes, caramelized onion, Sriracha, queso fresco, red onion, chipotle crema, and cilantro. Read more…

Dim Sum at Sushi Lounge

4802 S. Sixth Ave.
Dim sum at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dim sum at Sushi Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mimosa brunches aren’t big in China, but tea brunch is. It’s called dim sum.

Most popular in Cantonese regions, dim sum features a variety of bite-sized food such as dumplings, buns, chicken feet, and dessert.

Sushi Lounge on the south side still has our favorite dim sum thanks to its made-to-order freshness. Grab a group of friends, order a pot of tea, and order whatever looks tasty.

Three Sisters Burrito at Welcome Diner

902 E. Broadway Blvd.
Three Sisters Burrito at Welcome Diner (Credit: Kate Severino)

Three Sisters Burrito at Welcome Diner (Credit: Kate Severino)

Head to Welcome Diner on Broadway for brunch… with a friend.

The Three Sisters Burrito, a must-try brunch menu item, is nothing short of monstrous.

The vegan dish is stuffed with tempura-battered squash, local Tepary beans, roasted corn, and smoked pecan “cheese” in a tortilla far too big for one person to manage – hence the friend. Read more…

Sweet brunch treats

Sweets for breakfast is a-okay — it is the weekend after all. If you’re feeling crepes, fluffy pancakes, a glazed dish or buttery pastry… treat yourself to dessert for breakfast, we’ve all done it.

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Tall Stack of Pancakes at The B-Line

621 N. Fourth Ave.
Tall Stack at the B Line (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tall Stack at The B Line (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The pancakes are deceptive by name — they are, in fact, a combination of a crepe and pancake. These thinner “crepe-like cakes” are served with pecan butter and pure maple syrup.

The spongy stack soaks up the rich maple syrup and can be enjoyed as is, but the real star is that nutty pecan butter. I’d bathe in it if I could.

Need a good drink pairing? Try a classic mimosa or chai latte — both solid choices. Read more…

Snickerdoodle Pancake at Baja Cafe

7002 E. Broadway Blvd. • 2970 N. Campbell Ave. • 3930 W. Ina Rd. Ste. 322.
Snickerdoodle Pancake, Shelby Benedict, and Pecan Roll Pancake at Baja Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Snickerdoodle Pancake, Shelby Benedict, and Pecan Roll Pancake at Baja Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

With treats ranging from horchata lattes to churro ice cream sundaes, Tucson loves cinnamon sugar. At Baja Cafe, the Snickerdoodle Pancake is the star. Read more…

Ricotta-filled Crêpes at Feast

3719 E. Speedway Blvd.

Crepes at Feast Brunch (Credit: Jenn Teufel Schoenberger)

Sometimes brunch means dessert for breakfast.

The three perfectly cooked crepes were folded around the rich, slightly sweet cheese. This is a grown-up crepe. It’s neither too sweet nor too heavy. The cardamom sautéed pears – with their hint of lemon zest – helped to sweeten the dish with a fruity spice. Read more...

Morning Buns at Le Buzz Caffe

9121 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Stepping through the door at Le Buzz is like stepping into a coffee shop in Europe, with a gleaming pastry case and the smell of roasting beans in the air.

While we all mourn the recent removal of the Housemade Chorizo Potato Hash with 2 Poached Eggs from the weekend menu, there are still countless delicious options to choose from.

The Morning Buns — a swirled roll of puffy, buttery dough — are a customer favorite, as is the House Cookie, stuffed with Heath bar, chocolate chips, pecans, and oatmeal. You simply can’t leave without a Le Buzz cookie. Read more…

Cast-iron Pancake at Maynards Kitchen

400 N. Toole Ave.

Cast-Iron Pancake at Maynards Market & Kitchen (Photo courtesy of Maynards Market & Kitchen)

If you’re trying to maintain a low-carb diet, this is not for you. 😉

This perfect Cast-Iron Pancake at Maynards Kitchen comes hot, hot, hot with warm strawberry house made syrup. It’s two-parts Dutch Baby to one-part griddle cake and all-parts yummy. Read more…

S’Mores at Monsoon Chocolate

234 E. 22nd St.
S'mores at Monsoon Chocolate

S’mores at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This childhood campfire favorite grew sophisticated with graham cracker cake, chocolate from Monsoon Chocolate, toasted vanilla bean marshmallow, caramelized meringue bits, chocolate syrup drizzle, and graham crumbles. Que beautiful, que tasty.

Chicken & Toast at Prep & Pastry

2660 N. Campbell Ave. • 6450 E. Grant Rd.

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Prep & Pastry is one of the busiest brunch restaurants in town. And for good reason. Doors open from 7 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. If there’s a wait, grab a cup of coffee, order a Bloody Mary, and catch up with a friend.

When you get to your table, order the Fried Chicken & Toast. Sometimes, brunch calls for something warm, plump, rich, complex, and heavy. This is it! If you’re wanting something light, however, try their Avo & Herb Toast.

The Fried Chicken & Toast features beautifully breaded fried chicken alongside thickly sliced rosemary brioche french toast. You can drown it all in syrup or dip into the blueberry reduction. Or both! We do both.

Other menu favorites include Prep’s Breakfast Sammie, Cast Iron Duck Confit, and assorted pastries.

Freshly-baked Scones at Raging Sage Coffee Roasters

2458 N. Campbell Ave.
Raging Sage Almond and Savory Scones with a Hot Latte (Credit: Dana Sullivan)

Raging Sage Almond and Savory Scones with a Hot Latte (Credit: Dana Sullivan)

If you’re looking for something to nibble on with your coffee, Raging Sage also offers a curated selection of house-made pastries, cakes, and baked goods.

However, the real superstars of the bakery case are undoubtedly the scones. “Everybody comes in for the scones,” said Fabijanic. Try the Toasted Almond Scone, topped with boysenberry jam (and don’t miss out on the savory options). Read more…

For other fabulous scone options, check out Great Scot! 13 Legit Spots for Scones in Tucson.

Churro French Toast at Tito & Pep

4122 E. Speedway Blvd.
Churro French Toast at Tito & Pep (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Churro French Toast at Tito & Pep Brunch (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you think we’ve been talking about Tito & Pep too much lately, you’re probably right. But they’ve impressed us consistently since opening half a year ago.

While ‘churro’ is used liberally on menus as an adjective for something with cinnamon sugar, Tito & Pep’s Churro French Toast lives up to its name with a satisfying fried churro crunch as well. The roasted ripe mango adds and whipped cream complements the richness and sweetness while adding subtle lightness. Read more…

Have a favorite brunch dish that wasn’t mentioned in the article? Let us know in the comments.

Wanting something more?

French Toast at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain (Credit: Jackie Tran)

French Toast at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Feeling like something fancy?

Check out Feasts, Views & Mimosas: 6 Fancy Sunday Brunch Buffets.

Looking for a healthy breakfast-on-the-go option?

Check out 8 of Our Favorite Local Spots for Smoothies.

Needing cheap breakfast options for an earlier start?

Check out Under five bucks: 14 egg-ceptional breakfast specials in Tucson or our guide to 32 Essential Tucson Breakfast Diners.

Run on caffeine and are on a liquid diet?

Check out Ultimate Coffee Guide: 14 Roasters in Tucson to Froth Over.

Just in it for the brunch drinks?

Check out 15 Bloody Marys for When You’re Bloody Hungover.

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