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The Best Boozy Brunch in Every Phoenix Neighborhood

Updated On 05/04/2017 at 05:40PM EST Updated On 05/04/2017 at 05:40PM EST
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Downtown Phoenix

The Vig

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Located inside an old neighborhood house, The Vig Fillmore is the top destination for a boozy brunch in Downtown Phoenix. With a spacious patio and lots of space for yard games like cornhole and bocce, this spot may just turn into your regular Sunday hangout. The menu combines the classics with regionally inspired dishes like chicken enchiladas, tres leches French toast, and the chorizo burro with house-made chorizo and a chipotle tortilla. A section of the menu is dedicated to “Hangover Helpers,” spirit-heavy cocktails that include the Famous Ramos, a classic take on the gin fizz, and the vodka-based Pineapple Sunday. And of course, there are plenty of mimosas.

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Arcadia

The Market by Jennifer’s

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This Arcadia-area eatery is known for its use of local ingredients and American-style fare. Brunch offerings include chilaquiles with pulled roasted chicken and roasted tomatillo salsa, a French toast special whose toppings change weekly, and a tender braised pork omelet. As for cocktails, brunch-goers can order bottomless mimosas for $15, bloody mary boards for $11, or the seasonal bellini for $10.

Midtown

Dick’s Hideaway

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Stick a fork in any of this New Mexican restaurant’s brunch offerings and prepare to sweat out that hangover. Expect dishes like carne adovada and eggs -- a smoked pork dish that’s been simmered in red chile -- or opt for something more mild, like the Midwestern, a plate of ham, three eggs, potatoes, toast, and New Mexican sausages. Brunch here is served daily until 4pm. Lucky for you, that also overlaps with happy hour, so you can order some of those house margaritas.

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Biltmore

The Gladly

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Chef Bernie Kantak is at the helm of this Biltmore neighborhood eatery, and his attention to detail and flavor is present in each of the carefully crafted dishes. Each Sunday, Kantak and The Gladly crew present an impeccable brunch from 9am to 3pm. The French toast, made with a chunk of Noble bread, mascarpone, apple-cherry compote, maple syrup, and pecans is like heaven for your mouth. The chilaquiles are always a good choice, but you can’t go wrong with hearty the eggs Bernie’dict, a dish comprised of over-easy eggs on a pretzel roll with smoked sausage and cheese fondue. Pair your meal with a spiced bloody mary or house-made blood orange sorbet mimosa.

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Midtown

St. Francis

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Head to St. Francis for brunch, craft drinks, and jazz each Saturday and Sunday. Start with a handcrafted cocktail made with fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups, or just get the St. Francis Bloody with horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco. Egg dishes like the chorizo scramble, bakers quiche, and farmers market frittata are excellent options. Carb lovers will appreciate the goods available from Phoenix Public Market Cafe, St. Francis’ sister restaurant, which includes cinnamon rolls, scones, iron skillet pancakes, and the bakers board, an assortment of breads and pastries.

Uptown

Garage Wine and Tap

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This auto shop-turned wine bar swings opens its doors each Saturday and Sunday at 10am for a booze-infused brunch. Here you can pair $5 sunrises, mimosas, or Bloodys with griddled brunch favorites like the Kahlua French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote, or the hangover burger stacked with eight-ounces of beef.

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Tempe

Crepe Bar

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Although housed in an unassuming location, Jeff Kraus’ Crepe Bar is anything but. The counter-order spot features a wide selection of espresso, coffees, and teas, and is well-known for its use of locally grown produce. If you’re new to crepe bar, start with The First Time, a sweet crepe loaded with Nutella and banana brûlée. Pair it with a sparkling cocktail or a mimosa made with hand-squeezed orange juice.

Liberty Market

Gilbert, East Valley

Liberty Market

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A community staple since 1935, Liberty Market in Old Town Gilbert pays homage to the little neighborhood grocer it once was with a menu that’s chock full of locally sourced ingredients, many of which come directly from the community’s farms. The award-winning counter-order spot offers up handcrafted craft drinks and espresso in addition to breakfast classics like biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, egg scrambles, and Southwest-inspired plates. And for your brunching pleasure, the Gilbert provides carafes of mimosas or sangrias for $28. Irish coffee, screwdrivers, and Caffe Corretto made with espresso grappa or sambuca and raw sugar, are also listed alongside Liberty’s speciality brunch drinks.

Arcadia Farms

Old Town Scottsdale

Arcadia Farms

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Old Town may be notorious for its too-loud clubs, booze-covered pool decks, and touristy shops, but there’s more to be discovered here than expensive bar tabs and cowboy stores. That’s why you should head to Arcadia Farms, a cafe featuring organic and locally grown products. Breakfast, served all day, includes a lineup of fresh-baked goods, crepes, omelets, and classics like the breakfast panini, breakfast quesadilla, or smoked salmon plate. And like all good brunch spots, the menu is accompanied by a long list wine, beer, and Champagne cocktails like the Kir Royale and peach bellini.

O.H.S.O.

North Scottsdale

O.H.S.O.

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Beer and brunch collide at O.H.S.O, a nano brewery/distillery and eatery with outposts across The Valley, including North Scottsdale. Served Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 2pm, brunch includes a 10oz beer or mimosa and dishes like Fruity Pebble French toast, avocado toast, and chicken & waffles.

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Paradise Valley

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

The recently remodeled patio space at Lon’s makes for the perfect brunch setting. Each weekend from 10am until 2pm, brunch-goers can stick their fork in freshly baked pans of monkey bread or more savory options like eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, and steak frite. Pair your order with a cocktail (the prickly pear bourbon, perhaps?) or opt for the basic bubbles.  

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1. Crudo 3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

There’s no doubt that Crudo, located off 36th St and Indian School Road, is a favorite in town for both food and cocktails. And when it’s time to brunch, Crudo is at the top of the list. Potato croquettes with poached eggs, brisket and beet hash, pork belly poutine, and sweet/savory brunch jars are all just a taste of what Chef Cullen Campbell’s menu has to offer.

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2. The Gladly 2201 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (Biltmore)

The Gladly offers an unbeatable kitchen/bar team with Chef Bernie Kantak and bartender Brian Goodwin. Goodwin serves up a five-drink specialty brunch cocktail menu on Sundays, including curious combinations like vodka, aquavit, watermelon simple syrup, bitter lemon soda, and a Chinese five spice pickled watermelon rind. From the kitchen, Kantak offers brunchers house-smoked pork butt pastrami hash, cornbread waffles, brioche French toast with berries, and, of course, Kantak’s signature chopped salad.

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3. Windsor 5223 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Sundays are king at this casual spot. Why, ask you? Three words: Bloody. Mary. Cart. For $5, you can choose a red or green Bloody Mary base and then walk over to the cart to jazz it up with mix-ins like pickles, olives, cocktail onions, sports peppers, pickled peppers, lemons, horseradish, and more. Oh, and you should probably get some donut holes or a crab cake eggs Benedict to sop up some of that boozy goodness.

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4. Welcome Diner 924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 (Downtown Phoenix)

This old-school diner in Garfield is run out of a small vintage trailer, where it serves its loyal fans classic Southern comfort food, such as biscuits, burgers, poutine, and the favorite watermelon salad. We'd recommend going early for brunch and nabbing a seat inside the trailer, so you can watch the sizzling griddle cook eggs and toast biscuits while sipping on a mimosa or a bloody. If you're stopping by later in the day, the cocktails here are something every local should try at least once: go Welcome-style with the Kentucky Thoroughbred (made with Four Roses Bourbon and Welcome’s own house ginger beer), or the Paloma with tequila, hurricane juice, and grapefruit Jarritos. If you can't get a spot inside the tight trailer, post up at a picnic table outside.

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5. Orange Table 203 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

From jalapeño pecan pancakes to green chile and corned beef flannels, this spot has something for sweet and savory fans alike. However, if you have to pick one thing, the chimichurri hash is a flavorful favorite on the menu. Mimosas and Bloody Marys make this daily brunch spot perfect for those Wednesday mornings when you just have to treat yourself.

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6. The House Brasserie 6936 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

Chef Matt Carter cooks up eclectic, modern cuisine at The House Brasserie, set in a fairytale 1939 Scottsdale cottage that pairs an outdoor patio lit by strings of lanterns with an interior dining room plastered with deeply colored damask wallpaper and weathered mirrors. The menu is a mélange of Argentinian grilled seafood, American steaks, and Asian vegetables, arranged into dishes like the baked St. Andre cheese board with basil, peanut, and cumquat, crispy pork rillettes with arugula, mustard vin, bleu cheese, and radish, and swordfish with shishito fennel sofrito, chorizo verde, cicerchia, and black rouille. We suggest visiting The House Brasserie with a special someone who shares the same adventurous palate you do.

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7. Liberty Market 230 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 (Phoenix)

The gem of Gilbert’s breakfast scene is definitely Liberty Market. With egg sandwiches, Southwestern-inspired chilaquiles and burritos, and several different scrambles, there’s plenty to choose from on the daily menu, which even includes a couple vegan options.

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8. LON's at The Hermosa 5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (Paradise Valley)

If you take your brunch with a view, LON's at the Hermosa Inn is a boozy weekend getaway that’s worth a stop in. Whether you want to build your own omelet with a range of cheese, meat, and veggies or go with something a little less decision-heavy like a grilled sirloin burger or mesquite pancakes with local honeycomb and fresh blueberries, this classy brunch spot will surely satisfy.

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9. Dick's Hideaway 6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (Uptown Phoenix)

Dick’s has the kicked up New Mexican fare to settle your hangover. With a heavy dose of peppers in most dishes, like the green chile stew and eggs or the jalapeño eggs Benedict, you can try to burn some of that hangover pain out of you. If that doesn’t work, don’t lose hope yet. Just order one of the house Bloody Marys, made with an intensely spicy house-made tomato puree and served with a beer snit on the side to chase the heat.

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10. The Herb Box 7134 E Stetson Dr, Ste 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (North Scottsdale)

This Scottsdale spot can't be beat when it comes to fantastic brunches, offering a number of both sweet and savory options for you meal. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the red velvet or cinnamon buckwheat pancakes, and if you want a bit of both worlds, go for the Bourbon-Ginger Peach Brioche French Toast.

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