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The best Boozy Brunch in every Phoenix neighborhood

Published On 11/26/2014 Published On 11/26/2014
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If you enjoy breakfast, lunch, and a decent reason to drink before noon, then chances are you enjoy a boozy brunch. But with so many great Phoenix spots that serve it, where do you find the best in your general vicinity? This should help: here's the best boozy brunch in 10 Phoenix 'hoods.

Crudo

Arcadia

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

The Gladly

Biltmore

The Gladly (address and info)
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Crudo, The Gladly offers another unbeatable kitchen-bar team w/ 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.

Windsor

Midtown Phoenix

Windsor (address and info)
There’s no reason to sugarcoat it: there’s one thing that makes Windsor’s Saturday and Sunday brunch stand out past the rest and that’s the Bloody Mary cart. For $5, you can choose a red or green base and then walk over to the cart and freestyle it with mix-ins like pickles, olives, cocktail onions, sport peppers, pickled peppers, lemons, horseradish, and more. However, if Bloody Marys aren’t your drink (why?!), go for one of the small “Pitchas of Pimm’s” for $5. Oh, and you should probably get some donut holes or a crab cake eggs Benedict to sop up some of that boozy goodness.

Heather Hoch

Downtown Phoenix

Welcome Diner (address and info)
It seems like this Downtown Phoenix spot was made for brunch. You can choose to sit inside the small vintage trailer and watch the sizzling griddle cooking up sunny-side up eggs and toasting biscuits or you can get some sun on the patio while sipping mimosas, Brass Monkeys, or Bloody Marys. In terms of eats, you really can’t go wrong with classics like the fried chicken sandwiches, and the biscuit-laden Welcome breakfast. If you’ve really worked up a hunger, check out the daily special or grab the Holy Puerco, a porcine combination of meat with gritcakes and hash served on Saturday and Sunday.

Orange Table

Tempe

Orange Table (address and info)
Brunch lovers felt a loss when Orange Table’s original Scottsdale location shuttered earlier this year. Luckily, they didn’t have to wait too long before the restaurant opened back up in a brand-new spot located near University Dr and Mill Ave. From jalapeño pecan pancakes, to green chile and corned beef flannels, to chimichurri hash, the spot has something for sweet teeth and savory fans alike. Mimosas and Marys are just the cherry on top.

House Brasserie

Old Town Scottsdale

The House Brasserie (address and info)
You might have thought to yourself, “I want mac and cheese, French fries, a pork belly and egg sandwich on an English muffin, and kimchi fried rice all at once.” Well, congratulations. Old Town’s House Brasserie is the spot for you. Pull up a patio chair on the weekends and grab a pitcher of mimosas for $20, served with a full bottle of Stanford Governor’s Cuvee or a ghost chili house Bloody Mary. The House Brasserie might be a little pricier than the other brunch destinations listed, but the beautiful garden-like Art Deco atmosphere makes a great stop for special occasions.

Liberty Market

Gilbert

Liberty Market (address and info)
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. The Green Chili Pork Scramble with mozzarella and Cotija cheese is one of the standouts here. If you haven’t stopped at the pastry case in line, then you should definitely try something a little sweeter like the Griddled Bread Pudding drizzled with maple syrup. Wash that all down with a screwdriver, sangria, Irish coffee, or one of the bar’s adorable (but potent) bottled cocktails.

Lon’s

Paradise Valley

LON's at The Hermosa (address and info)
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 cheeses, meats, and veggies, or go with a grilled sirloin burger or mesquite pancakes, this is the place. In terms of libations, spirit guide Travis Nass mixes up his crisp, clean, unique, and tasty cocktails for the brunch crowd, too. If you’re not ready to try something new, though, LON's offers mimosas and chipotle-infused Bloody Marys for the more basic brunchers, too.

Dick's Hideaway

Uptown Phoenix

Dick's Hideaway (address and info)
Need a swift hangover cure? Well, Dick’s has the kicked-up New Mexican fare to do just that. 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 huge Bloody Marys, made with an intensely spicy house-made tomato puree and served with a beer snit on the side to chase the heat.

The Herb Box

North Scottsdale

The Herb Box (address and info)
This last spot, located at DC Ranch, is one for the dessert-loving crowd. Sure, you can get smoked salmon hash or a short rib and egg sandwich for your brunching pleasure, but the real magic of this restaurant lies in dishes like the Red Velvet or Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes. If you like a bit of both worlds, go for the Bourbon-Ginger Peach Brioche French Toast with crème fraiche and bacon. Add to that a $5 Bloody Mary or mimosa and you have one sweet way to spend your Sunday morning.

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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)

“I want mac & cheese, French fries, a pork belly and egg sandwich on an English muffin, and kimchi fried rice all at once". Does that sound like you? If so, Old Town’s The House Brasserie is the spot for you. This place might be a little on the pricey side, but the beautiful garden-like Art Deco atmosphere makes a great stop for special occasions.

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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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