8 Best Neighborhood Breakfast Spots: Best of Phoenix 2012
Best Neighborhood Breakfast, West Valley: Amuse Bouche
Courtesy photo Amuse Bouche
It's Sunday. Wake up, gas up the jalopy, fire up the ol' GPS, and get yourself to this strip-mall, French-inspired bistro in Surprise for the one day of the week it serves breakfast. One of the best in the Valley (and not just the West Valley), there's nothing too fancy here, but everything is prepared perfectly. Eggs Benedict ($12) is just one of the home runs -- thanks to the sublime Hollandaise sauce. Four kinds of crepes -- including the delectable bacon and tomato and Jack cheese -- are brimming with flavor, and eggs Florentine are colorful and fresh-tasting, thanks to wonderfully sautéed spinach. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Southeast Valley: Liberty Market
Courtesy photo Liberty Market's espresso
Sure, restaurateur Joe Johnston's friendly and always-bustling counter-service restaurant in downtown Gilbert serves up exceptional platefuls of a.m. eats, like a three-egg Sicilian scramble with oven-roasted tomatoes and Italian sausage, decadent slices of griddled bread pudding with espresso syrup, and a unique bacon substitute of grilled, flattened meatballs. But it's his top-notch biscuits and gravy that we can't get enough of. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Tempe: Essence Bakery Cafe
Courtesy photo Essence Bakery
In a downtown jam-packed with beer, frozen yogurt, T-shirt shops, and places to get your nails done for $10, it's a relief to know a civilized breakfast awaits. Best known for her amazing French macaróns (and quickly gaining notoriety for her croissants) chef/owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos presides over a fabulous morning menu in a lovely, low-key setting. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Downtown Phoenix: Astor House
Courtesy of Astor House Astor House
We love the Coronado District's Tuck Shop. And now, when it comes to tasty a.m. eats, we love its new sister restaurant and next-door neighbor, Astor House, just as much. The little counter-service eatery in a renovated home is just as laid-back and approachably cool as the Tuck, making it perfect for enjoying a tidy selection of sweet and savory breakfast offerings including Biscuits & Grillades (Southern beef gravy over two buttermilk biscuits), Red Flannel Hash (beet, potato, and root vegetables with egg), and Apple Boxty (grated apple and potato pancakes with a healthy dollop of mascarpone). See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ