Foodie 15: Brunch spots in & around downtown Tucson

Let there be brunch.

As if you need a reason to celebrate menus that vibe of both breakfast and lunch, here’s a guide to 15 downtown Tucson spots that bang out one solid brunch.

5 Points Market & Restaurant

756 S. Stone Ave.

 

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From pancakes bigger than your face to a beet sandwich that will keep you coming back, 5 Points Market & Restaurant won’t make you wait until the weekend to savor their delectable brunch offerings. All ingredients are either sourced locally or vetted and sourced organically and regionally, embodying the sustainability and quality at the heart of their mission.

Need to load up on high-quality pantry items, local produce, natural wines, or craft goods from makers in the neighborhood? They have you covered! They also have a pet-friendly patio and pastries that’ll have your mouth watering while you wander the market.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Smoked Salmon Benedict – Herbed cream cheese, house-smoked wild Naknek salmon, poached local eggs, and balsamic redux; served with house potato pancake and house local greens in house vinaigrette
  • Smoked Beet Sandwich – Local organic beets, pecan puree, and jalapeno-cabbage slaw on house sourdough ciabatta
  • Huevos Rancheros – Mi cobachito corn tortillas, Bonita Bean pintos, local medium eggs, sharp cheddar, ranchero, pico, avo, cilantro-serrano pesto

Brunch is served daily from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, visit 5pointstucson.com

Agustin Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 150

 

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Agustin Kitchen’s chef Ralph Felix is flavoring up the Tucson food scene, and their brunch menu is no exception. Tucked in the historic Mercado San Agustin and with a beautiful patio setting staged to keep you cool on warm days and warm on cool days, you can count on leaving satisfied with your experience.

Menu highlights include: 

  • AK Breakfast Bowl – Chorizo spiced beef tenderloin carnitas, duck fat roasted red potato, baby kale, Red Butte Hatch Chile cheese, ranchero sauce, and eggs
  • Butternut Squash Panzanella – Sage brown butter vinaigrette, red onion, baby kale, and dried cherries
  • Housemade Posole – Oxtail, hominy, pinto beans, cilantro, radish, and housemade corn tortillas

For more information, visit agustinkitchen.com

Café à 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)

Located in the historic El Presidio neighborhood in the courtyard of the Tucson Museum of Art, Café à la C’Art is the perfect expression of a contemporary casual yet classy brunch option here in town. Explore their menu Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. While you’re there, be sure to stop by their pastry case, stocked with handcrafted delights from the in-house pastry chef.

Menu highlights include:

  • Café Croque – Country ham, gruyère cheese, béchamel, herbes de Provence, and grain mustard served on rustic bread
  • Panko-crusted Salmon Cake Sandwich – Served on a Challah roll with mixed greens, tomato, red onion, avocado, and whole grain mustard aioli
  • Cinnamon French Toast – Topped with powdered sugar and fresh berries

For more information, visit cafealacarttucson.com

Cafe Maggie 

745 N. Fourth Ave.

Many Tucsonans were disheartened when Epic Cafe announced the closing of its doors. Thankfully, Cafe Maggie came along and assured us all of their shared love for community and a chill, quality environment to be in.

That quality is reflected in their menu, which includes some bomb vegan pancakes and pastries. Taste the care they share Tuesday – Sunday.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Vegan Biscuits and Gravy – Soyrizo gravy, green chile, avocado, red onion, and cilantro on a housemade biscuit
  • Meat Lover’s Scramble – Eggs scrambled with bacon, ham, turkey, sausage, and cheddar cheese; topped with green onions and a side of toast
  • Quiche – Choice of tomato basil, bacon, and cheddar, spinach and caramelized onion, or avocado

For more information, visit cafemaggieon4th.com

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

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)

Nestled in the plaza of Hotel Congress, Cup Café dishes their special take on breakfast and lunch favorites daily. With a morning medley ranging from Brioche Fresh Toast to Seasonal Crepes and an afternoon spread offering items like the Cubano, Old Pueblo Cheesesteak, and Drunken Fish Tacos, it’s hard to order the same thing twice.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Cast Iron Baked Eggs – Two poached eggs, ham, leeks, shallots, gruyère cheese, cream, and fines herbs served with breakfast potatoes and toast
  • Vegan Breakfast Tamale – El Charro hemp tamale, vegan poblano cashew crema, tofu scramble, and vegan bean purée served with pico de gallo
  • Cup Bahn Mi – Miso marinated portabella, sriracha spread, pickled vegetables, house fermented beansprout kimchi, radish sprouts, and teriyaki drizzle on a toasted amoroso roll

Breakfast is served daily from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., and if you’re leaning toward lunch options, show up after 11 a.m.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

HighWire

14 S. Arizona Ave.

 

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Where can you go for Sunday brunch with a side of molecular mixology? None other than HighWire, of course. Add in their outdoor courtyard and focus on local community events, and you’ve got ample opportunity for some noteworthy outings.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Strawberry Pancakes – Spherefield ripened strawberries served with whipped cream, maple syrup, granola, and mint
  • Chicken & Waffles – Southern fried chicken cutlets and a waffle served with honey butter, syrup, and spicy table sauce
  • Steak & Egg Sliders – Marinated flank steak and scrambled egg topped with gruyere, arugula, and thyme butte

Brunch is served up every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, visit highwiretucson.com

La Chingada Cocina Mexicana

110 E. Pennington St.
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Tired of reserving brunch for the weekends? La Chingada, sister restaurant of The Neighborhood, is adding some serious Mexican flavor to weekday downtown Tucson with their daily brunch offerings, readily available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Torta Milanesa de Pollo – Thinly sliced, breaded, and fried chicken breast topped with Oaxacan blend cheese, jalapeno aioli, lettuce, tomato, and avocado; served with a side of fries
  • Mole Chicki-changa – Chicken chimichanga topped with housemade mole, sesame seeds, crema, pickled red onions, and fresh cilantro; served with a side of rice
  • Chilaquiles Divorciados – Salsa roja and salsa verde chilaquiles served with two sunny-side up eggs and topped with cream, onions, cilantro, and queso

For more information, visit lachingadacocina.com

LaCo Tucson & Tallboys

201 N. Court Ave.

 

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Love and community and sister concepts that have shared a courtyard since mid-pandemic make the dynamic duo of LaCo Tucson and Tallboys a match made in brunchy heaven. And whether you’re in the cantina, Tallboys bar, or somewhere in between, you can’t beat their selection of tallboys and refreshing cocktails.

They’re currently closed for the summer, but catch them for brunch Tuesday through Sunday when they return from their break.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Tallboy Tots – Crispy tots topped with two eggs over medium, cheese, green chile, and bacon; smothered in chipotle crema and pesto sauce then topped with pico de gallo, pickled onions, green onion, cilantro, and avocado; add sausage or pulled pork to the pile for $2 more
  • Green Chile Corncakes – Green chiles, cheese, beans, and two eggs, topped with sour cream, pico, pickled onions, green onions, and cilantro with a side of salsa
  • Breakfast Tacos – Flour or corn tortillas filled with eggs, home fries, bacon, green chile, avocado, cheese, pico de gallo, and pickled onion; add sausage or pulled pork for a couple of bucks more

For more information, visit lacotucson.com

The Little One

151 N. Stone Ave.
Huevos Entamalados and Huevos Poblanos at the Little One (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Huevos Entamalados and Huevos Poblanos at the Little One (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

The Davila family has been feeding the bellies of Tucsonans for over 35 years, taking pride in their successful mission to serve up healthy meals and exceptional service at a reasonable price.

Menu highlights include:

  • Huevos Entamalados – Two over easy eggs served on a tamal, either beef or vegetarian, and smothered with mild salsa ranchera
  • Pollo en Mole Negro – Shredded chicken sautéed with mild seasonings and left to simmer in a blend of chocolate, mild red chiles, peanuts, sesame seeds & pumpkin seeds (plus a few other Davila secrets)
  • Cochinito en Crema de Chipotle – Tender pork, slow roasted in a creamy, spicy, smoked chipotle sauce

Stop by Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and be sure to check out their gift shop stocked with housemade sauces, heat and serve family meals, fun housewares, and more.

For more information, visit thelittleoneaz.com

Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile

353 S. Meyer Ave.

Nestled in The Coronet‘s beautiful courtyard, Meyer Avenue Cafe & Mercantile sets a tone for extraordinary coffee breaks and sustainably-sourced meals in quite the sanctuary of a space. Throw in free coffee refills, a gorgeous courtyard, and a market consisting of housemade jams, pickles, dog treats, and other locally-sourced goods, and you’ve got one tough-to-beat brunch experience.

Menu highlights include:

  • Shakshuka! – Chickpeas simmered in a spicy Middle Eastern tomato sauce with egg, feta, and house flatbread; served with a cucumber salad
  • Lil Dutch Babies – Oven-baked Dutch pancakes topped with a tart citrus cream, maple syrup, and seasonal fruit
  • Miso Carrot Mushroom Tartine – Roasted carrot spread, seared mushroom, scallion, radish, radish sprout, and sesame seeds served on Barrio Bread with a side salad

Swing by daily from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, visit meyeravenuecafe.com

Nook

1 E. Congress St.

 

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Whether you’re meeting a friend for coffee and scones, hosting a lunch meeting, or planning a midday outing with pals, Nook is a solid option to have on your brunch options shortlist. Owned and operated by local Tucsonans, their love for the city and community can be tasted in every bite.

Menu highlights include: 

  • Breakfast Tamale Pie – Housemade sweet masa topped with fire-roasted chilis, cheese, and two eggs
  • Pulled Pork Chilaquiles – Housemade chips topped with salsa verde pico, cotija cheese, jalapeño creme, and two eggs
  • The Bahn Mi Benedict – Crumpet, braised pork belly, Bahn mi dressed salad, poached egg, hollandaise, and chili crunch

Brunch is served Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, visit nookdowntown.com

Raptor Canyon Cafe

75 E. Pennington St.
One Egg Biscuit with Meat (Pork Roll) and Cheese at Raptor Canyon Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

One Egg Biscuit with Meat (Pork Roll) and Cheese at Raptor Canyon Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

A Tucson staple, family-owned and operated Raptor Canyon Cafe is part of the movement to keep downtown homegrown and original. Their homemade biscuits and pork rolls help their menu full of classics to stand apart, and you can try them out for yourself Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Menu highlights include:

  • Southwestern Burrito – Beef chorizo, bacon, green chiles, pico de gallo, avocado, eggs, cheese, and hash
  • Two Egg Sandwich – Two eggs and cheese on a fresh baked Kaiser Roll from La Baguette Parisienne

Check them out Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, visit raptorcanyoncafe.com

Seis Kitchen

130 S. Avenida del Convento #100
Seis Kitchen

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While a growing trend it (thankfully) seems to be, it’s always cool to encounter restaurants committed to mindful practices around food-sourcing. From sustainably-sourced fish, Arizona-grown beef, and naturally-raised poultry, Seis is setting an example. Heck, their chefs, owners, and staff even participate in food education programs with local schools, youth programs, and events with Arizona Game and Fish.

Menu highlights include:

  • Tocino Burrito – Center cut hickory smoked bacon, eggs, potatoes, and cheese
  • Migas – Crispy corn tortillas, eggs, cheddar and jack cheese, and green chilis served with smashed beans and crispy potatoes
  • Chorizo con Papas Tacos – Housemade chorizo, crispy potatoes, cilantro, caramelized onion, Sriracha, cilantro, queso fresco, red onion, and Seis Style chipotle crema

Seis Kitchen serves brunch Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – noon.

For more information, visit seiskitchen.com

The Monica

40 E. Congress St.

 

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The newest Si Charro! concept hasn’t slowed down a bit since they opened their doors in April, most recently reflected by the announcement of their monthly Second Tuesday event. Whether you’re stopping by for Happy Hour, to grab and go one of their Barrio Bread baguette pizzas (continued applause for Don Guerra), or sitting down with the fam for a meal, they’ve got options to please the masses.

The Monica opens their doors daily at 8 a.m., but as it goes for this roundup, their weekend brunch menu, served until 3 p.m., is where it’s at.

Menu highlights include:

  • Vanilla Bean Pancakes – Vanilla bean créme, manzanilla syrup, and horchata whipped cream
  • Cauli’ Quesabirria Hash – Charro red beef birria, cauliflower asada, cotija and bechamel queso, chopped cilantro, and red onion
  • Spicy Free Bird Chicken Sandwich – Crispy corn flour chicken served on brioche, and topped with chipotle honey slaw; served with a side of fries

For more information, visit themonicatucson.com.

Time Market

444 E. University Blvd.
Breakfast Sandwich at Time Market

Breakfast Sandwich at Time Market (Photo courtesy of Time Market)

Who doesn’t love a quality neighborhood corner market? From their in-house Sommelier to grocery shelves of local and imported goods, a wood-fire pizza oven and deli, and freshly baked pastries and housemade artisan bread sold daily, Time Market has sure set a standard.

That standard doesn’t disintegrate when it comes to their menus, which feature local produce, humanely raised and sustainably ranched meats, and housemade pickles, krauts, cheeses, and freshly ground sausage.

Menu highlights include:

  • Roasted Chicken & Tamal Sandwich – Housemade green corn tamal, sliced oven-roasted chicken breast, cheddar cheese, avocado, and salsa served on pain levain
  • Tonno Capero – Yellowfin tuna, marinated fennel, gaeta olives, and preserved lemon served on baguette
  • Chicken & Bok Choy – Organic napa cabbage, bok choy, carrots, Red Bird chicken fried with chinese five spice, ginger and sesames seeds topped with soy ginger vinaigrette, crispy fried onions, cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds

Stop by to check out their daily offerings. Doors open at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit timemarket.xyz

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