Squash Blossom: A Pleasant Little Place for Breakfast or Lunch
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).
All photos by Laura Hahnefeld. Get This: Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
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.
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.
Cornbeef hash and eggs
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).
Biscuits and gravy (side option)