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Friday, June 14, 2024

Brunch Is Back

By Alison Bailin Batz


HULA’s Modern Tiki

HULA’S Modern Tiki offers brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring fresh-cracked island-style eats, such as the Hawaiian specialty Loco Moco – a burger patty and rice covered in succulent brown mushroom gravy and topped with sunny side up eggs – or the HULA’S Hangover Hash. Brunch also features happy hour drink specials featuring $8 Signature Tiki Drinks, $3 bottled beers; and a selection of decadent $12 brunch cocktails, including the breakfast mai tai, Jamaican coffee, chocolate piña colada, and espresso martini.


The Mission

The Mission offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., highlighted by the all-you-can-eat Whole Roasted Pig Out, as well as a gorgeous assortment of Latin American delicacies including Salsa Roja Pork Carnitas Chilaquiles, Cinnamon Pecan Waffles, and an all-new Mission Double Smash Burger. A bonus: the award-winning Christiaan Rllich – author of Bar Chef – leads the morning cocktail menu with classic margaritas, mojitos, mules, sangria, and an out-of-this-world Michoacan Caipirinha.


Recreo Cantina

This vibrant Mexican Cantina tucked away in Downtown Chandler offers weekend brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving handcrafted brunch offerings with a tasty Mexican flair, including favorites like the huevos con carne, chilaquiles, breakfast bowl, and breakfast burrito. Enjoy brunch on Recreo Cantina’s expansive 6,000-square-foot patio, complete with bar swings, games, and even whimsical elements like a school bus. 


Carcara at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown 

Carcara has launched a Boozy Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sonoran-inspired menu uses locally sourced ingredients to commemorate the heritage and history of the local community and is influenced by the rich traditions of the Southwest and the five C’s of Arizona (copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate), which are celebrated in the dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and spirits, including a savory take on a pop tart, shareable brunch boards, and more.



Each of The VIG locations across Arizona offers brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes a build-your-own mimosa by the glass or bottle as well as steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes, a breakfast sandwich, stuffed French toast, harvest veggie quiche, and pork belly benedict. They also do a Sunday Funday program every Sunday, which includes half off all bottles of wine all day long. 


The Hot Chick
The Scottsdale bar with throwback vibes has brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. served with a side of a good time! Guests can get their fried chicken fix with popular brunch items including The Hot Chick’s Biscuits and Gravy, and the fan favorite Nugs and Waffles with a choice of original or hot chick chicken. On Sundays, The Hot Chick gets down with their Peace, Love & Bubbles Drag Brunch hosted by Barbra Seville and friends, where guests can get a bottle of champagne for just $5 with the purchase of a brunch entrée during brunch hours!  


Over Easy

Founded in 2008, Over Easy quickly became recognized as one of the best brunch spots in Arizona. Its menu – available daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – is full of made-from-scratch dishes that have led to features on the Food Network, in Bon Appétit Magazine, and Travel + Leisure, where it received recognition as one of America’s best breakfast and brunch restaurants. With 13 locations across the Valley, Over Easy continues to be a favorite for all things breakfast. 


Hash Kitchen

Breakfast classics are remixed and reimagined at Hash Kitchen, which currently has six locations across the Valley. Home of the original build-you-own Bloody Mary bar, Hash Kitchen was founded in 2015 by The Maggiore Group with Instagrammable, creative daytime dishes and breakfast cocktails. The interactive build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, where guests can customize their cocktail from start to finish, is stacked with house-made Bloody Mary mixes, house-infused spirits, and never-ending combinations with over 60 craft toppings. The innovative daytime concept – with brunch from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on weekdays until 3 p.m. – combines chef-driven food and an elevated cocktail program with a next-level, brunch-centric atmosphere complete with social-media-worthy wall art and rotating guest DJs and turntables on the weekends. 


Stop by Z’Tejas on Saturdays and Sundays for a brunch buffet. For $25 (or $15 for kids), the buffet offers  bottomless green chile pork benedict tamales, buttermilk biscuits with chorizo gravy, French toast, and more. Z’Tejas favorites like capitol beef barbacoa omelets and huevos rancheros are also available a la carte. Bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s are available for an additional $25. The brunch buffet is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Z’Tejas’ two locations in Chandler and Scottsdale. 


Morning Would

Why, yes — yes, we would! This cheeky Sunday-only spot features a six-course prix-fixe brunch for the ages. Think fine dining-meets-approachability with nostalgia taking center stage. Chef Cory Oppold curates a festive atmosphere that transports guests to the carefree days of the 80s and 90s, promising a culinary journey that resonates with everyone, regardless of age. Every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a sampling of current menu items include: Monterey jack cheese biscuit and chorizo gravy, green eggs and ham, eggs benedict with smoked salmon mousse, milk and cereal, and a pumpkin spice panna cotta with white chocolate mousse. 


The Spot at Arcadia

The Spot’s new brunch menu, available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., showcases unique items ranging from a Lobster Benedict served with hash and a distinctive Monte Cristo sandwich. The Monte Cristo sandwich features two slices of battered sourdough with ham, fried eggs, gruyere cheese, and a dusting of powdered sugar. Beyond food options, The Spot at Arcadia is a total vibe thanks to more than 40 TVs, live DJs, and Jello shots that always keep the brunch crowd lively. The Spot at Arcadia also offers bottomless drinks for a penny after purchasing the first one at full price, ranging from mimosas to Bloody Marys. 


SugarJam The Southern Kitchen 

This Southern-inspired hotspot offers brunch every Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect everything from shrimp and grits to fried chicken and waffles, as well as breakfast sandwiches, omelets, sea-based dishes, and more. Its cocktail menu is full of traditional and Southern-inspired drinks, craft margaritas, nectar-infused mimosas, shooters, wine, beer, and a 96-ounce Mimosa Tower for big group celebrations. In addition to its extensive food, cocktail, and bakery items, SugarJam is also known for its Brunch N’ Vibes weekend experience that takes place Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring a live DJ starting at 10 a.m. the vibes are a can’t-miss experience that invites guests to get up and dance to all their favorite tunes. 


Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Do anything BUT hit the Snooze button when someone invites you to Snooze for brunch. Big, bold, and bright inside and out, if the vibe doesn’t wake you up, the morning mixology surely will. From coffee-infused cocktails to bold takes on Bloody Marys, each of Snooze’s nine locations across Arizona offer brunch from open to close seven days a week and brings it when it comes to pre-lunch libations. Among its most popular cocktails are the Abricalavra, which is a twist on a traditional mimosa featuring Snooze’s own proprietary sparkling wine, apricot liqueur, fresh lavender, honey, and lemon juice; and the Orange Snoozius, an amped up vodka and orange juice that adds in a healthy dose of orange liqueur and layers of whipped cream. The food is similarly spectacular, especially the Benny Duo, which gives guests the chance to mix and match any two iterations of eggs benedict on their menu – there are seven – together with crispy hashbrowns. 


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