Basic (as defined by Urban Dictionary)
only interested in things mainstream, popular, and trending
Okay, guys, let’s face facts: being basic these days is not always looked at as a good thing. It’s usually used sarcastically, or, worse, not as a compliment.
Well, I’m here to tell you: it is totally okay to fly your basic flags high. In fact, I’d even say it’s encourage, especially when it comes to one thing in particular:
I’ll admit it. I. Love. Brunch.
But then again: who here doesn’t love brunch!? Brunch is the quintessential epitome of basicness, sure, but it’s also delicious. 9 out of 10 times it comes with bottomless bubbles. And it’s smack-dab in the middle of the day, so you don’t have to get up early OR stay up late. (I’m much more excited about the latter.)
So, in the spirit of this unprecedented excitement that I recently found I harbor towards the best meal of the weekend, I’ve rounded up my top 5 favorite brunch spots in Metro Phoenix:
Admittedly, this one might be a bit of a cop-out. Everyone in Phoenix loves Snooze… but there’s a dang good reason. Snooze has something to offer for everyone: the yummiest pancakes (or drunken monkey French toast… which is made with banana bread!), delicious egg creations, and even some healthy things thrown in there. I’ve actually become really fond of the last item: pictured here is a quinoa egg bowl filled with feta and kale and all those good-for-you things that you don’t normally see on a brunch menu. Plus, they’ve got fun drinks if you’re there with girlfriends and delicious coffee if it’s a family affair, and several convenient locations throughout the Valley
Pro Tip: There’s no reservations on weekends! Be prepared to wait… but grab something from the bar while you wait, or help yourself to the complimentary coffee!
This one has a special meaning to me that has nothing to do with why I’m recommending it, but probably is part of why I like it so much. My family in California gets together every Saturday morning for what they’ve dubbed “breakfast club.” It’s hard to miss out on the weekly meals, but sometimes, I go to The Breakfast Club in Old Town on Saturday morning and send them a snap of my food – just to feel included. 🙂
That said, The Breakfast Club (with locations in Old Town and Downtown) has the best French toast, and the best waffles! I’m not usually a sweet breakfast person, but for some reason, every time I go here, I get hooked on sugar. The Boy is a big fan of their Quick Start Loaded – eggs, bacon, potatoes and the whole 9 yards.
Pro Tip: Be wary of the Breakfast Club signature iced coffee if you’re a black-no-sugar kind of person. It’s really sweet! They have a plain cold brew if you’re not diggin’ the sweet side.
Another place that I slip towards the sweet side of the menu. The Boy and I used to go to the Daily Dose pretty regularly when it was on the way back to my old apartment from church. The wait was always a little shorter than Snooze, but the food was equally fantastic. They have the perfect waffle for peanut butter lovers like me (it comes with banana, but I think warm bananas are weird so I omit those…)
Pro Tip: If you aren’t feeling breakfast food, they also have a great lunch menu!
When I found out that they are set to open a location right by my office – I got SO excited! This is less of a leisurely brunch, and more of a good place to go if you’re looking for a good bite and quick service. They have a counter-style setup, so you go order and then find a seat, and they’ll bring the food out to you. It’s much more laid back than other brunch and breakfast places, and sometimes, that’s exactly what you need. I’ve had several scrambles here and you just can’t go wrong (which I’d hope not, considering the name).
Pro Tip: It’s all self-service, so don’t forget to grab your knifes and napkins from the drink station!
This one’s probably a bit of an unconventional choice for brunch – and especially unconventional considering there are fries and tacos pictured here. But The Vig is hands down my favorite spot for brunch in Phoenix. It’s such a chill atmosphere, and the whole menu is available… even the bacon mac! You do have to ask for that, though, but I promise they’ll serve it (my friends would never go here if they didn’t.) Plus, they’ve got a Bloody Mary bar with all the fixins… how can you go wrong?
Pro Tip: Actually, you can go wrong. Don’t use the house-mixed Bloody Mary juice. They’ve got plain Bloody juice to start with… season as you’d like from there, or else you’ll get a lot of peppery red stuff in your drink.
There you go – my five fave brunch spots in Phoenix. Now, full disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for any of these reviews… these were written purely out of my admiration for the Phoenix brunch scene.
Disclaimer part 2: I definitely listened to Taylor Swift the entire time I was writing the post. I mean, if you’re going to write a basic post, might as well go all out, right?