This article is for those Saturdays, the difficult ones, when nobody can make a decision. Eggs are in your future, it's just whether you want them sunny-side or poached with fresh basil chiffonade. (How lovely ...)
Check out this quick list of Tucson brunch spots, so you can finally get some coffee in you and get this day started!
Bisbee Breakfast Club
2936 E. Broadway, 4131 W. Ina Road, 4811 E. Sunrise Drive
Brunch hours: 6 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. seven days a week
This Bisbee transplant is blowing up like an Arnold movie, with three locations in Tucson alone. I prefer the airy new diner at the historic Broadway Village, which was packed on a recent midweek afternoon. Lighter options include baked oatmeal and the scrambled Eggs Zorba, $9.39, with spinach and Feta cheese. I went whole hog with the Copper Queen Skillet, above, featuring bacon, ham and sausage smothered with a blanket of rich gravy.
Prep & Pastry
3073 N. Campbell Ave. and 6450 E. Grant Road
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular breakfast menu available 7-11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
"Welcome to Prep & Pastry, where our food is locally sourced and our brunches have booze," claims the website. Good to know! It's also important to note that Prep has two locations now, which makes it way easier for Alton Brown get a table. I always get the poblano pepper-stuffed A.M. Relleno, $9.50, but I hear the S'mores French toast with graham cracker brioche is pretty good too.
6453 N. Oracle Road
Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays
My inner tranquility exploded this October when the uber-talented Travis Peters announced he was doing brunch. (Take a look at the pictures and you'll see what I mean.) The Southern fusion restaurant excels in the meat department, and you'll want to try the Braised "Bacon and Eggs," $11, with poached egg and a mustard seed caviar sitting on a fat slab of glistening pork belly.
902 E. Broadway
Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week
Now doing brunch, Welcome Diner has an interesting mix of Mexican and Southern dishes on the menu. Sometimes they're even on the same plate. For example, check out the pork posole rojo, $13, with mole spiced black pudding and shaved radish. I also really enjoyed my Andouille scramble, pictured above. Legit.
Five Points Market & Restaurant
756 S. Stone Ave.
Brunch hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week
No omelets on the menu here, but that's because you're ordering the sunny huevos rancheros with splendor of well-placed sauces, all for $9. I don't know how they keep it so cheap at Five Points, considering how gourmet the breakfast options are. But that's Tucson I guess. Someday I'll get around to trying that Chia Pudding ...