If you’ve never been to Phoenix or Mesa Arizona before you will be very surprised to discover there is more to these cities than golf, desert endless summer nights. There is a vibrant food scene that challenges you every night to discover a new where to eat in Phoenix restaurant. Not only are the dining options plentiful they are scattered throughout the region so no matter where you happen to be in the Greater Phoenix region you will find a great place to enjoy a meal at. Wondering where to eat in Phoenix before noon? Wonder no longer I’ve got you covered from coffee to donuts and even fresh made Pop Tarts.
This first story shares where to eat in Phoenix before lunchtime. Coffee, donuts, great breakfasts and even a charcuterie board if you lean towards a more European style breakfast menu. I hope you are hungry.
Coffee, Breakfast and Sweet Treats
The Organic Bean Cafe 40 N Macdonald, Mesa – it would be very easy to miss this tiny coffee shop in Mesa, but you would be sad if you did. It’s hard to find if you don’t know what you are looking for. Park your car on the street and then look for an alley that cuts the building address you are looking for. At the end you will see The Organic Bean Cafe. It’s tiny and there are only enough bistro chairs for a couple people to “hang out” but they brew a mean espresso and if you are looking for a coffee to go this was my favourite stop.
TC Eggingtons 1660 S Alma School Rd #129, Mesa – for over 30 years those with a hankering for all things eggs head to TC Eggington’s in Mesa. They use over 8000 eggs in a week which is impressive when you realize they are only open 8 hours a day from 6:30 am till 2:30 pm. That is 1000+ eggs a day. The menu is extensive so choosing what to eat here may be the toughest decision of your day. For me, it was a massive three egg Denver Omelette with home fries. If you are a large group make sure to make a reservation as this place is BUSY!
Phoenix Public Market Cafe 14 E Pierce Street, Phoenix – seven days a week (7 am to 10 pm) you can visit the Cafe at the Phoenix Public Market while on Saturdays there is the extra bonus of an open-air farmers market on site as well. Amazing coffee and a farm fresh menu are on offer and I highly recommend a visit here. I couldn’t resist the housemade Biscuits & Gravy with two soft poached eggs and a double shot Americano to go. They are famous for their in-house made Pop Tarts so if that’s your jam go for it, they are very tasty.
Liberty Market 230 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert – located in the city of Gilbert a trip to Liberty Market is a must for breakfast. There is no table service at Liberty Market. When you walk in you line up, place your order at the counter, pay and then grab a table. If you’re a large group I would leave someone at the table to hold it for you. I couldn’t resist ordering their HUMONGOUS Cinnamon Roll and the Chorizo Sweet Potato Hash topped with two sunny-side-up eggs. Another place for great espresso drinks.
Hurts Donut 2161 E University Dr, Tempe – got a donut craving? Trust me it is a thing I get. Hurts Donut is a new to me chain of donut shops and they’ve recently made it into Arizona and boy am I glad they did. Fresh, made in-house and oh so good. How to pick a flavour? Don’t order them all. Don’t worry if you eat too many, they have an Emergency Donut Ambulance on hand to deliver more.
Toasted Mallow 1034 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert – If you told me a year ago that I would visit a store that only served up marshmallows I would say you were crazy, but that is exactly what I did in Gilbert. Toasted Mallow is everything to do with artisan marshmallows. From a variety of flavours to fluff whip, smoothie/shakes and even Marshmallow bowls. If you want it they have it. Oh, and they are an Instagram sensation so be one of the cool kids and pay them a visit.
Queen Creek Olive Mill 25062 S Meridian Rd, Queen Creek – ok it may seem stage to put an olive mill on the list for sweet treats and coffee but… Queen Creek Olive Mill is more than just a place to buy great olive oil. They make their own by the way and you can tour the orchard and production facility to see how the oil is made. They are also a great restaurant, market shop and they have a pop-up coffee shop called Superstition Coffee located inside.
We came for lunch and a tour. I left with one of the best espressos I’ve ever had. They roast the coffee beans right on site and chances are good you will see the roaster in action.
All of this and it’s only noon. My next post will share where to enjoy dinner and drinks in the metropolitan Phoenix area. I hope you brought your appetite.