Best Scottsdale Brunch Spots!
Let’s talk about brunch. Do you like brunch? I love brunch. As you know, brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch usually eaten during the late morning and early afternoon. It is also a combo of the most important meal of the day and the meal I am most likely to extend into a Scottsdale happy hour. The word itself is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch.
Wait, what the hell is a portmanteau? We at ScottsdaleRestaurants.com like to drop knowledge on our readers so let’s find out.
According to the internets, the word comes from the English term “portmanteau luggage” for a piece of luggage with two compartments, itself derived from the French portemanteau (from porter [to carry] and manteau [coat]. Nowadays, the English term is a false friend of the French term because this now means a coat rack, but the French term was in the past also used to refer to a suitcase or bag for clothes. Leave it to the French to make things confusing. Basically, a portmanteau word fuses both the sounds and the meanings of its components, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel to brunch, from breakfast and lunch.
Now that we have learned a word that we will probably never use again let’s continue with a little background. Brunch originated in England in the late 1800’s, served in a buffet style manner, and became popular in the United States in the mid-1930’s. Coincidence that brunch became popular in the United States right around the time that Prohibition was lifted? I think not. I see you bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s! Just another reason to love brunch. What’s not to love? I mean, when else can you either order a triple stack or a double cheeseburger at the same time? Not actually at the same time, that is just reckless. But at the same time of day. Plus, touching on what our forefathers taught us. It gave us a great excuse to have a couple cocktails before noon without being judged. Too harshly.
So let’s talk locations, where are some good Scottsdale brunch spots? I am going to give you some of our personal favorites. But this list is far from complete. If you see that your favorite Scottsdale brunch spot is not listed, let us know. If you see your favorite Scottsdale brunch spot listed, please comment and tell us why it is your favorite. Now we go.
Of course, since I already have bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on my mind I have to mention RnR Scottsdale. An Old Town Scottsdale staple, sign up for the Bloody’s then maybe dive into a Breakfast Taco Plate, Pulled Pork Hash or my personal favorite; the Protein Pancakes. Got to get that protein! Pro-Tip: Makes sure to get there early-ish on the weekends as it gets busy.
If you aren’t down with the Bloody’s make your way a little bit south on Scottsdale Road and hit up D’lish Kitchen & Coffeehouse. Two words: Breakfast Buzz. I know it’s not called the Brunch Buzz. But it might as well be, this tasty concoction is great at any time of the day. You also can’t go wrong with the California Club or the AZ Burro. Both are out of this world. Pro-Tip: Call in your order and pick it up if you are in a hurry. While this place is awesome, it is also small and gets quite busy. Bonus Pro-Tip: If you have a furry friend (dog, not a guy with a beard) they have milk bones upon request.
Next, we are going to stay in Old Town Scottsdale and make our way over to 1st Ave and a delightful little Old Town gem in Arcadia Farms. First off, they are NOT CLOSING. Whoever started that terrible rumor should be made to go without Arcadia Farms’ terrific Sangria for a month. For those that have had their Sangria know that this is an extreme punishment. For those that have not had it yet. Boom. You know have Saturday plans. While you are there enjoy an Albacore Tuna Salad Sandwich or snack on the Crab & Avocado Tower and some Homemade Hummus and Spicy Pita Chips. I’ve heard the Baked Goat Cheese Dip is “to die for”. Christopher’s words. But being an onion hater I have yet to partake.
If you’re not feeling the Old Town Scottsdale scene you can head west on Camelback Road to about 44th Street or as we call it, “The Fringe” of Scottsdale to visit The Henry. This Fox Concept restaurant has an alluring ambiance that makes you feel right at home. The Le Pig, which is scrambled eggs, ham, Havarti cheese mayonnaise on a toasted croissant is a must try. The Steel Cut Oats are also delicious. Or you can just get full generic and order The Original Egg Sandwich. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Keeping the Fox Concept restaurants theme going we are going to venture to the Scottsdale Quarter and talk about True Food Kitchen. I’ve said it before; I love when a restaurant just gets right after it with their name. True Food is exactly what you are going to get. You could order something different every time and never be disappointed. But that doesn’t mean you have to. I mean why not go with a sure thing? My sure thing is the Huevos Rancheros. Oooff. They are life changing. Don’t believe me, try them for yourself. Their cocktail list should also be explored, some may like the Spontaneous Happiness. Which I do, in life and my cocktail.
Lastly, we are going to head further North Scottsdale Road just north of Pinnacle Peak to JJ’s Delicatessen. JJ’s Deli to the layman. If you haven’t ventured up here yet. Boom. Now you have Sunday plans as well. You’re welcome. I don’t even know where to start with a food recommendation. They are home of the Pnish, which is Square potato knish sliced in half and filled with your favorite meat, cheese, and dressing, then grilled Panini style. I also love the Corned Beef Hash or Joshi’s Waffles. Well, looks like I know have plans on Sunday.
As I said in the beginning, these are just some our personal favorites and our favorites list is far from complete. So let us know your favorite Scottsdale brunch spot or tell us why you love the ones listed. Then go grink! A portmanteau of grub and drink!