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Huevos Chilaquiles at Sonoran Brunch Co. (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

The Best Brunch In Tucson

Updated March 6, 2024

It is an undeniable fact that brunch is the best meal of the day –all the more so because it doesn’t come around as often as the other “Big 3” meals.

Brunch is like an informal foodie holiday, during which you can eat and drink whatever you want, free of judgment and consequence. It’s like Ron Swanson said: “I’ll take all the bacon and eggs you have. All. The bacon and eggs. That you have. Do you understand?” Add the avocado? You betcha. Bottomless mimosas? Keep them coming. Biscuits and gravy? The calories don’t even count during brunch, I checked, it’s science.

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Old school! (Photo courtesy of Alice's Restaurant)

Alice’s Restaurant

A super clean “greasy spoon” joint that serves up tasty food in generous portions and has a cool Coca-Cola theme going on​​. The folks working there are awesome, and they make a killer patty melt that’s got bacon in every bite – plus their cinnamon roll is a soft, sweet dream.

Shelby Benedict (Photo credit: Isaac Stockton)

Baja Cafe on Campbell

This spot’s all about the benedicts – Wyatt Earp and Black Widow are fan faves. But don’t sleep on the Georgia Peach French Toast or the King Kong Stack. Sit indoors or on their lovely patio and enjoy that Tucson brunch life!

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Bisbee Breakfast Club on Ina

Bisbee Breakfast Club is your neighborhood spot for great grub. Their Copper Queen Skillet is a must-try, but stick around for the Miner Burger. They’ve got awesome coffee and Bloody Marys, and their homemade pies are the perfect sweet ending.

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A stack o' flapjacks! (Photo courtesy of Biscuits Country Cafe)

Biscuits Country Cafe

Biscuits Country Cafe is a favorite homestyle café offering hearty portions of country fare. Their extensive menu promises to satisfy every palate with breakfast favorites that include a variety of pancakes, waffles, French toast, omelets, scrambles, and, of course, their namesake biscuits and gravy.

Chai Latte & v/gf Cinnamon Pear Coffee Cake at Blue Willow (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

Blue Willow Restaurant & Gift Shop

A favorite for locals and snowbirds alike, Blue Willow is all about a chill atmosphere and tasty grub. They’ve got a pretty diverse brunch menu (even your veggie friends will be happy) and their omelets are a hit. Plus, their patio is a great spot to chill, and their gift shop is packed with cool stuff to check out while you check out!

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Chocolate chip pancake goodness! (Photo courtesy of Bobo's Restaurant)

Bobo’s Restaurant

Your go-to for hearty, homey breakfasts that don’t mess around! They serve up hot and tasty platters that’ll fill you up, with specialties like massive, fluffy banana or chocolate chip pancakes. The Flying Saucer pancake is a must-try, and don’t skip their famous buttermilk biscuits – they’re legendary​​. It’s a super friendly place and one of Tucson’s oldest breakfast spots.

Chilaquiles at Cafe a la C'Art (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Cafe a la C’art

Cafe a la Cart is all about eggs — scrambles and omelets and frittatas, oh my! You gotta try their Portobello Omelet or the Frittata Florentine with spinach and bacon. And if you’re feeling adventurous, their Southwestern Avocado Toast and Chilaquiles are the bomb!

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Cafe Maggie

This spot is a cool little hangout on Historic 4th Ave. It used to be Epic Café, but now it’s named after Maggie, a rad Dieffenbachia plant that’s been hanging around for ages. They’ve got killer espresso, healthy breakfast options, wicked sandwiches, and sweet pastries that have been a hit in Tucson for a long time.

Cup Cafe

This spot’s inside the Hotel Congress and they’ve got some wild breakfast options! Ever tried “Cast Iron Baked Eggs” with all kinds of stuff like ham, leeks, and Gruyere cheese? Or the “Braveheart” with beef brisket and eggs on sourdough? Trust us, they’re worth a try!

Huevos Rancheros at 5 Points Market & Restaurant (Photo by Jackie Tran)

5 Points Market & Restaurant

This trendy joint is all about local and fresh ingredients, with stuff like a potato pancake topped with ham and eggs, and biscuits and gravy that are anything but ordinary. They also do crazy good pastries like a sourdough sticky bun and scones that are out of this world!

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Breakfast at Frank's Denoche Restaurant (photo credit: Mark Whittaker)

Frank’s Restaurant

Frank’s is your go-to for a no-frills, but seriously good breakfast. It’s super affordable, and the staff are friendly as can be. You’ve gotta try the huevos rancheros and biscuits with gravy. Plus, they cook your food right in front of you — it’s fun as heck!

The Chicken Florentine Croque Madame at Ghini's (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Ghini’s French Caffe

Ghini’s French Cafe has been dishing out yummy French-inspired grub for over 20 years. It’s a top pick for brunch in Tucson, according to the Arizona Daily Star, and they serve breakfast all day, every day. You’ve gotta try their Eggs Provençal and the Croque Madame – they’re seriously good. Plus, they’ve got a bunch of omelettes and crepes, both sweet and savory.

And the best part? It’s the first pet-friendly patio in Tucson, so you can bring your furry friends along for the ride!

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Sweet roll at Gus Balon's (Photo courtesy of RoadFood)

Gus Balon’s Restaurant

Where you go when you’re craving something sweet and big for breakfast in Tucson. They’ve got these giant cinnamon sugar rolls that are to die for, and their own toast with eggs is a morning game-changer​. And if you’re a pie person, their list is insane – think chocolate peanut butter banana or apple-cranberry crumb-topped pies.

A photo of the interior of Highwire Lounge in downtown Tucson
(Photo Courtesy of Highwire Cocktail Lounge)

HighWire Tucson

Only available on Sundays, but man, their brunch is worth it! They’ve got “Chicken & Waffles” that’ll make your mouth water, and “Street Fair Mini Pancakes” with toppings like vodka-filled bubbles and Fruity Pebbles. If you want something hearty, get the “Rise & Shine” with biscuits, eggs, and your choice of meat smothered in a killer gravy.

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HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

Looking for a great weekend brunch in downtown Tucson? Look no further! They serve stuff like Ribeye Breakfast Sandwiches and Prime Tots loaded with shaved prime rib. And don’t even get me started on their French Toast – it’s stuffed with vanilla cream cheese and topped with strawberry custard. Decadent!

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Birria tacos (Photo courtesy of La Chingada)

La Chingada Cocina

A fresh face downtown, this joint dishes out killer Mexican grub. You can pick up or chill out here all day. They’ve got everything from Chilaquiles Divorciados to street tacos, and desserts like Flan or Churro Cheesecake that you can’t skip.

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Le Buzz Caffe (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Le Buzz

This place has been serving up joy for 25 years! Come for the aromas of freshly roasted coffee, stay for the amazing quiche, bacon, breakfast sammies, and sweet treats like scones and croissants. Their drinks, especially the espresso and moccachino, are top-notch too.

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Torejas - Cuban French Toast (Photo courtesy of Mojo Cuban Kitchen)

Mojo Cuban Kitchen and Rum Bar

Mojo Cuban Kitchen’s brand new brunch menu is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Think Avocado Tostadas, Mojo Torejas, Picadillo Plates, Batidos (Cuban milkshakes), Bloody Marys, and much more! Plus most of the items on the brunch menu can be made vegan upon request. Go check them out!

Nook (Photo credit: Taylor Noel Photography)


Tucson’s vibrant personality is translated into Nook’s urban interpretations of home-cooked food, which includes Cinnamon Roll Griddlecakes, Honey Chipotle Carnitas Benedict and Nourish Bowl. Their patio is a nook of its own and makes for a quaint spot for a midday lunch or weekend brunch.

Prep & Pastry (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Prep & Pastry

This cool breakfast spot has some wild options like pork belly rolls, duck confit hash, and s’mores French toast. Their lunch is just as good, with unique dishes like a special grilled cheese and a loaded burger. Plus, they’ve got a drink list that’ll make you wish every meal was brunch!

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Raptor Canyon Cafe (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Raptor Canyon Cafe

Right in the heart of downtown Tucson, Raptor Canyon Cafe is a super friendly, family-run place. The menu’s got something for everyone, and the breakfast sandwiches on homemade buttermilk biscuits are a total win. And let’s not forget about the coffee – it’s fresh, hot, and the perfect way to start your day.

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Seis Kitchen – Mercado

Kick back and enjoy some amazing Mexican grub here – they’ve got breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner all covered. Their speedy service, vegetarian-friendly options, and mouth-watering avocado tacos are total crowd-pleasers. Plus, their special Seis sauce is the talk of the town.

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Steak Eggs Benedict at Teaspoon (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)


Teaspoon is a modern, creative eatery where globally-inspired cuisine meets a locally-driven menu. The two owners (and sisters!) reinvented breakfast and brunch classics, offering a menu rich with house-crafted baked goods, cold-pressed juices, coffees, and brunch cocktails. Definitely try their hand-crafted baked goods and don’t miss their killer frittatas and waffles.

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Huevos Entamalados & Huevos Poblanos at The Little One (Photo credit: Claire Kaufman)

The Little One

This place started out as Little Cafe Poca Cosa, but it’s always been a fun, family-owned joint. The food’s awesome, with breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros and huevos Mexicanos that will knock your socks off. And their juices are a must-try – the mix of beets, mandarin oranges, lemons, and limes is next level. Plus, they’re all about giving back to the community, supporting local charities and good causes​.

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The Monica

As Tucson’s first buffet and pantry-style spot, Monica is all about comfort, classic, and personalized grub. They’ve got an awesome menu full of family and community recipes, and options like Barrio Breakfast Toasts and Tamale Bowls. Plus, their bar serves everything from your morning coffee to evening cocktails.

Pastries at Time Market (Photo credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Time Market

A chill spot that’s got a deli, grocery, and coffee shop all rolled into one. Known for their quality stuff and mindful sourcing, they’ve got your usual breakfast foods, but with a twist. Check out their breakfast pizzas (yeah, you read that right) or the Morning Bread, a French toast-bread pudding hybrid. Vegans, don’t worry – they’ve got you covered too.

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