The two-month-old Baja Cafe is winning hearts and bellies with its $3.75 weekday breakfast special: two eggs, choice of sausage or bacon, hash browns and toast.
But before you start thinking that Baja Cafe at 7002 E. Broadway is a hash-slinging, egg-flipping shopping center coffee shop, look deeper into the menu:
• Red velvet pancakes drizzled with a vanilla bean cream cheese glaze. Or Snickerdoodle pancakes that take their cue from the cookies.
• Handmade biscuits covered in a blanket of sausage gravy.
• A toasted, melty grilled cheese sandwich; for 75 cents more, top it with mushrooms, caramelized onions, green chiles or jalapeños.
• Build your own chipotle mac and cheese with toppings including chorizo, jalapeño bacon, pulled pork and nopalitos.
• Quesadillas and tacos including pangasius (a type of catfish) marinated in a cilantro vinaigrette then pan seared.
“We’re always doing something different," said Chef Gerard Meurer, whose menu blends the region's cuisines with some classic Tucson flair including a Sonoran hot dog and a cowboy barbecue burger.
Baja Cafe is owned by Kim Scanlan. It's open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.