UPDATED FEB 19, 2020
In the Valley of the Sun, brunch is an excuse to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. And since we’re such an active city, we look for healthy menu options to fuel our adventures. We’ve rounded up the freshest spots for a delicious and nutritious Phoenix brunch.
In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Morning Squeeze is known for its fun atmosphere, amazing outdoor patio, and healthy options to satisfy any craving. Between the Acai bowls, bruleed oatmeal, and breakfast rice bowls, you won’t have a problem finding what you’re looking for (but you will have trouble deciding what to try first!). This dog-friendly restaurant even has menu options for your four-legged brunch companion.
The Farm at South Mountain quite literally puts the “farm” in “farm to table.” Serving up the freshest ingredients in a picnic-style setting, this morning cafe is the perfect setting for a healthy brunch with friends while enjoying the beautiful Arizona outdoors. Relax with some Yoga on the Farm before your meal, or take a stroll through the gardens afterward.
Home of the fan-favorite kale salad, True Food Kitchen is a haven for everyone, from yogis to CrossFitters. Serving daily in both Phoenix and Scottsdale, this health-driven restaurant offers everything from gluten-free and organic to vegetarian or vegan menu items. Whether you order the garden scramble or Quinoa Johnny Cakes, your brunch is guaranteed to be delicious and guilt-free! Be sure to save some room for the honey and grapefruit mimosa!
Searching for homemade, organic goodness? Head over to Pomegranate Cafe. This vegan cafe makes their bread in-house, and all dishes rely on local seasonal products — it’s a true taste of Arizona’s best! Not ready to go full vegan? Farm fresh eggs can be added to almost any dish, like the Sunshine Wrap or Wild Western Tacos. Bonus: Pomegranate Cafe doesn’t just serve fresh greens — they’re a “green restaurant” a well! They compost all of their food waste, purchase earth-friendly containers, and recycle everything they can.
Ridiculously healthy and seriously tasty, Flower Child serves up happy food for a healthy world (and satisfied Valley customers)! This restaurant (with locations ins Phoenix and Scottsdale) locally sources its ingredients and offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes daily. Be sure to try their signature lemon avocado dressing on any salad — it’s both sugar- and dairy-free!
You’ll find brunch-lovers in central Phoenix lined up at the modern, yet rustic St. Francis. The centerpiece of this family-owned brunch spot’s quality cuisine is the custom wood-burning oven. Nearly every dish has a component that comes out of the oven, from the roasted meats and veggies to the restaurant’s infamous sourdough bread. Listen to live jazz music while you dig into the Baker’s Quiche or the Crispy Fingerling Potatoes — seasoned with parmesan, rosemary sage, and lemon aioli.
Many Phoenix brunchers know Snooze for its flight of sticky sweet pancakes (that’s right — a flight of pancakes) and the brioche stuffed french toast. But their healthier menu options deserve just as much recognition! The Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, house-made granola, or Egg White Frittata earn them some serious bragging rights. Want to still indulge? Just a little? Why not share a molten chocolate pancake with the rest of the table for dessert?
Two words: Bottomless Brunch! Dine out tapas-style at Sumomaya, a stylish Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant in Scottsdale, open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Choose plates to share, like their Pomegranate Guacamole or Bread Migas and Chorizo (scrambled eggs, chorizo, toasted bread crumbs, and aioli). For a larger portion (sharing optional!), order up an entrée like Kimchee Fried Rice, Market Vegetable Scramble, or Machaca and Eggs 2 Ways.
For vegan bliss in central Phoenix, swing by Nami on Sundays. It's the home of sinfully delicious and surprisingly healthy donuts, baked goods, Tres Leches French Toast, and a local favorite, the “Wing” Ding Dang (spicy faux chicken with organic scramble and hash). For an extra special sweet treat, dig into a tSoynomi (homemade vegan soy soft serve).
A healthy drive-thru? It may sound too good to be true, but D’Lite Healthy on the Go offers a fresh alternative to fast food. In both Scottsdale and Tempe, cars line the streets for the AZ Burro — a turkey burrito with avocado, egg whites, and potatoes in a sundried tomato tortilla. Yeah, it’s worth the wait. Be sure to pick up a cup of nitro toddy (a refreshing caffeine kick of cold brew espresso) or kombucha tea for the drive home.
Fall in love at first bite at ZuZu, housed inside the retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho. The restaurant and cafe offers a variety of upscale and innovative American comfort food and crafty cocktails for brunchers looking to kick back. Lounge inside this modern icon in Downtown Scottsdale while digging into some breakfast favorites like their Planks and Eggs or Breakfast Burrito. Craving a midday mimosa or bloody mary? At ZuZu, you can build your own!
Perfect for on-the-go or dining in, Original ChopShop serves up healthy, energizing meals to Phoenix brunchers across The Valley. Their menu is fully stocked with quick and delicious items made with fresh ingredients and whole foods that will fuel your day and make you feel good. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, or lactose free, Original ChopShop has you covered. And no matter which of their multiple locations you stop in, you know you’ll be eating well.
This spot has a massive bloody mary bar, and honestly, we’re here for it. But that’s not the only perk of Hash Kitchen — they have four locations throughout the city and if you steer clear of the pancakes, french toast, and waffles, you can definitely find some healthy options for brunch (served every day of the week). Try the Huevos Ranchero Hash with charred carne asada, fried eggs, black beans, and cotija, served in a crispy tortilla and topped with avocado salsa and red chili sauce. You also can’t go wrong with Dr. “Art” Mollen’s frittata made with loads of veggies and topped with herb whipped goat cheese.
At Fàme Caffe, it’s all fresh and local vibes. Here, they focus on using only the best ingredients and source from local farmers and artisans. With an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, it’s technically brunch all the time. Need help with the menu? The Fàme Omelette, made with sharp white cheddar and a side of rosemary house potatoes, is a special one. Or go for the Tres Vegan Tacos, with turmeric tofu scramble, avocado crema, black beans, fresh tomatillo salsa, cabbage, and cilantro. They also have great cocktails, beer, and wine. But if you’re not feeling the alcohol, there’s a great draft kombucha to quench your thirst!
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