In the Valley of the Sun, brunch is used as an excuse get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Every eatery has a spectacular patio to relax over a meal with friends or family.
But since we’re such an active city, we look for healthier menu options to fuel our adventures—and to save calories for the mandatory mimosas. And sometimes, when we’re rushing to get to the next workout (that weekend grind), we just need an alternative to fast food.
Whatever your palate, diet, or schedule permits, we’re rounding up the freshest spots for a perfect 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. Acai bowls, bruleed oatmeal, 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
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.
True Food Kitchen
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 calories 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, seriously tasty. Flower Child serves up happy food for a healthy world (and satisfied Valley customers)! Making us smile in Phoenix and Scottsdale, this restaurant 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!
Tempe Public Market Café
A casual neighborhood hangout, Tempe Public Market Café offers both a comfortable dining room and a spacious outdoor patio for whatever your brunch crew desires. Their simple, health-focused menu includes hearty sandwiches, crisp salads, fresh-baked pastries, and handmade pizzas. And here, it’s all about quality. That’s why all of their foods are made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local and organic farms.
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.
Fit food for the active Arizona athlete! Whether you’re looking for a nutrient dense meal to fuel your next big workout, or just a healthy snack while shopping in North Scottsdale, Protein House is a must. Bulking up? Try the Muscle Builder Burger or Protein Pancake Combo! Slimming down? We recommend a low-cal breakfast sandwich or acai bowl. Fitt Tip: In a rush? Get any acai bowl made into a filling smoothie — perfect for life on the go.
Bowl of Greens
At Bowl of Greens in Scottsdale and Phoenix, it’s all in the name! This simple, fun counter-serve cafe lets you build-your-own salad from their huge selection of organic ingredients. Grab a signature sandwich if you’re looking for a heartier brunch, but just don’t leave without a smoothie or freshly squeezed juice from the juice bar.
Snooze, an AM Eatery
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. 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. 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).
When health-conscious Phoenicians are in a hurry, but don’t want to sacrifice fresh eats for convenience, we go to Grabbagreen. With several locations across the Valley, Grabbagreen serves up organic grains, greens, wraps, acai cups, and smoothies. If you like a little kick to your morning, try the Sonoran Breakfast Sandwich (quinoa cake packing some chili-mango heat). And for a crisp morning bite, try any of the crisp Grabbagreen salad bowls. Have a craving for something sweet? We recommend the delicious sweet quinoa cake.
In downtown Gilbert, brunchers pour into Liberty Market for a taste of local history with their meal! This award-winning local favorite can be found inside a historic corner building, and offers tons of healthy options, like the Smothered Vegan Breakfast Burrito, that look almost too good to eat. Well, almost. Once you snap that Instagram pic, dig in and enjoy.
D’Lite Healthy on the Go
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 a 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.
For a leisurely brunch at a hip restaurant, grab your friends and head over to Windsor, tucked away in Historic Uptown Phoenix. This morning and midday hot spot serves up refreshing cocktails and a menu that will satisfy any taste on their backyard-style patio. Warm your belly with the Quinoa Oatmeal or the Windsor Eggs Benedict — you won’t regret it.