Squash Blossom: A Pleasant Little Place for Breakfast or Lunch

Categories: First Taste

All photos by Laura Hahnefeld.
Get This: Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Squash Blossom
Location: 705 North First Street
Open: About a week
Eats: Traditional breakfast and lunch items
Price Point: $11 to $30

See also: Squash Blossom Breakfast and Lunch Cafe Coming in July

With chef Johnny Chu moving his restaurant and Matt's Big Breakfast announcing a relocation just up the street, the area around First Street and McKinley in Phoenix seems to be a hub of activity lately. The latest news is the addition of Squash Blossom, a breakfast and lunch spot courtesy of caterers Brian and Carrie Lester.

In the former Pasta Bar space, Squash Blossom features a traditional menu of breakfast and lunch favorites using lots of locally sourced products.

And it's those tasty ingredients paired with some nice price points that make Squash Blossom's dishes a satisfying value and, along with a casual atmosphere and friendly service, a pleasant place to pop in for eats.

Cornbeef hash and eggs
For a sweet breakfast selection, don't miss the pumpkin pie pancakes ($6). Thick and fluffy, they taste as delightful as their aroma and come topped with just enough whipped cream and a side of light syrup.

Biscuits and gravy (side option)
On the savory side, although I missed the traditional briny taste of the meat in my corned beef hash with eggs ($7), it gets points for being tender, well-prepared, and served up with tasty skin-on seasoned red potato wedges and sautéed onions and peppers. There's also a solid biscuits and country sausage gravy ($6).

Location Info

Squash Blossom - CLOSED

705 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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this place sucks i tried for delivery and they put my order off for 2 hours, saying they never recieved it. Then when they said it finally came throught that they were no longer delivering and cancelled my order. Never eating here



Okay, so I read the review and the pumpkin pancakes were enough to entice my 14 year old son to agree to check this place out. But it was already after 10:30 so I thought I'd call the restaurant first and see if they were still serving breakfast. The phone number got me to voice mail. Hmmmm. They must be busy. So, we ventured out anyway. When we entered there was one patron sitting by himself and one waitress who greeted us. Guess she couldn't hear the phone(?) I asked if they were still serving breakfast and she smiled and said they had just finished breakfast. So, the place is near empty, we're new customers and she didn't think to ask the chef if he/she could whip up us some pancakes? Really? So, we left and went to Matt's. So much for Squash Blossom picking up "overflow" from Matt's. Not today, and not for us after this less than stellar first visit.


Dolores Garcia
Dolores Garcia

I had their biscuits and gravy on Saturday and sampled some of their chillers/smoothies....Mmmm...glad to have them in the neighborhood!

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