10 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Metro Phoenix
There's something inherently enjoyable about brunch. Maybe it's because most of us can only fit it in once a week. Maybe it's because the hybrid meal allows the freedom to eat pretty much whatever you want. Most likely, it's because it's an acceptable excuse to drink well before 5 'o'clock. But for whatever reason, it's easily our favorite meal of the day, er, week.
Lauren Saria The Brunch Burger at Orange Table in Scottsdale.
And because choosing a place to enjoy your brunch outing is as important a dining decision as you'll face, we've compiled a list of the 10 best restaurants in the Valley for brunch.
(It's important to note that we only included restaurants that serve booze and that we didn't include any resorts or resort restaurants in this list.)
Lauren Saria Crudo's brunch jar with egg, sausage and truffle.
Chef Cullen Campbell has been serving an impressive brunch spread every Sunday since October last year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crudo offers a menu of Italian-inspired dishes made with top-quality meats and produce. In addition to egg-based staples, you can dig into polenta "hoe cakes" and a pork belly poutine with fingerling potatoes that might just be the best poutine in town. The jars are also not to be missed -- in particular, the housemade ricotta and persimmon one. And thanks to a chill soundtrack of independent rock and the restaurant's beautifully lit dining room, you're in for a meal that will make you feel like a million bucks without having to spend anywhere near that much.
Lauren Saria Postino's unfussy brunch menu pairs well with a glass of wine.
There are two big draws for brunch at Postino, and they are live music and a great wine selection. Vino lovers will have plenty to choose from during Postino's brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at all three locations. Mimosas, bellinis, wine by the glass, and pitchers of beer are all $5 until 5 p.m., making a booze-filled brunch quite a steal. The limited menu includes small plates like the walnut toast with triple crème Brie and housemade berry jam, as well as simple but enjoyable entrees like grilled foccacia with over easy eggs, asparagus, tomato salad, and herbed butter, and a Farm Scramble with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, herbs, onions, Gruyere, and white cheddar.
The Herb Box
Lauren Saria The Herb Box's Pulled Pork Sandwich.
The Herb Box's upscale, casual vibe makes it a comfortable spot for brunch and the menu of fresh, but accessible food means even your unenlightened dining partners will find something to enjoy. Both the Southbridge location in Old Town Scottsdale and the restaurant at DC Ranch serve brunch on Sunday mornings. You'll find healthy fare like Brussels sprout hash and Manchego omelet alongside sweeter choices like the outstanding red velvet pancakes with mascarpone whipped cream. And the Market Street BLT, with its runny fried egg and crispy pancetta, pretty much epitomizes all there is to love about bringing breakfast and lunch together into one glorious meal.