By Alison Bailin Batz
Whoever awarded breakfast the title of “most important meal of the day” clearly never had brunch. From salty and savory to spicy and sweet, the brunch dishes around town are in a class all their own. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself – or your mom – to one of more of these delectable brunch items on Mother’s Day, or any day.
Word to the wise: Brunch days and hours vary, so call or visit each venue online for specific brunch times.
The RAK Benedict
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
This take on a Benedict features salty prosciutto and a poached egg, balanced out with a sweet, juicy tomato and peppery arugula. It’s topped with a citrus hollandaise balsamic reduction and served alongside crispy potatoes. $12. www.rusconiskitchen.com.
Biscuits and Gravy
A Southwestern version of the traditional country comfort staple, this filling favorite features two buttery cheddar biscuits smothered in jalapeno-sausage gravy. It is served with crispy taters that are almost a meal all their own – Yukon Gold potatoes with caramelized shallots, peppers, herbs and two eggs any style. $13. www.taphousekitchen.com.
Banana Nut Bread Belgian Waffle
Kitchen West at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
If you’re craving dessert in the morning, one of Kitchen West’s sweet treats is sure to hit the spot. This decadent brunch star features caramelized bananas, Devonshire cream, and the heartiness of banana nut bread. $13. www.thescottsdaleresort.com.
A funky twist on avocado toast, RnR’s take starts with a thick piece of Noble bread that has been generously spread with avocado. It is then topped with roasted corn, hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese and cilantro. It’s served with a simple green salad. $10. www.rnrscottsdale.com.
Cristina’s Tamale Cakes
This dish puts a tangy, slightly spicy Mexican spin on classic eggs Benedict with sweet corn cakes, green chile pork and poached eggs topped with a green chile-infused hollandaise sauce. It is served inside a traditional tamale corn husk with hash potatoes on the side. $14. www.hashkitchen.com.
Banana Foster French Toast
Terras at CIVANA
With this sweet option, you’ll get a perfect blend of crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This delicious dish is topped with sliced bananas, seasonal berries, and locally grown pecans from Green Valley Farm. Maple syrup is the crowning finish. $13. www.civanacarefree.com.
Green Chile Pork Benedict
Proof at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
In keeping with Proof’s all-American theme, this Benedict is an upscale version of a roadhouse favorite, featuring poached eggs, green chile pork and avocado piled onto an English muffin – all topped with zesty jalapeno hollandaise. It is served with crispy hash browns and tomato bacon jam. $21. www.proofcanteen.com.
Fresh, fluffy eggs scrambled with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, herbs and onions form the basis of this farm-fresh staple. A blend of Gruyere and white cheddar cheeses is added before the healthy and hearty choice is plated with mixed greens and a tomato salad. $10. www.postinowinecafe.com.
Cinnamon Sugar Bunuelos
Stonegrill at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
A traditional, decadent Latin American favorite, bunuelos are dough balls that have been fried until golden brown. They are then sprinkled with a sweet cinnamon-sugar and spice mixture and served with vanilla mascarpone cream and fresh strawberries. $14. www.jwdesertridge.com.
Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken & Waffles
This popular item combines salty and sweet with an herbaceous twist on a Southern breakfast dish. Rosemary fried chicken is paired with decadent waffles and maple syrup. It is offered as part of the venue’s unlimited brunch, which is $24.95. www.saltysow.com.
House Smoked Salmon
Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn
Showcasing salmon smoked by executive chef Jeremy Pacheco, this seafood showstopper is served atop a crispy potato cake and garnished with heirloom tomatoes, capers and whipped creme fraiche. $14. www.hermosainn.com.
Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
Purple Energy is a nutrient-rich dish to kick-start the day. The colorful cup of goodness features juicy berries, refreshing kiwi, and caramelized bananas with crunchy housemade granola and pistachios, all nestled on a bed of coconut yogurt. $10. www.andazscottsdale.com.
Red Velvet Waffle
This vibrant red waffle makes a statement that is just as visual as it is delicious. It features a housemade mix and natural coloring from beet powder. The flavor is unexpectedly balanced and not overly sweet, with just enough whipped cream and macerated berries to bring it all together. $11. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
Green Chile Pork Shank
Mowry & Cotton
A seasonally-inspired staple, this meaty option starts with a massive pork shank drenched in green chile sauce. It is combined in a piping-hot skillet with cotija cheese, radish, pico de gallo, cilantro and eggs. A hint of lime adds a fresh burst of flavor. $18. www.mowryandcotton.com.