Summer is here which means cool mornings are a luxury and the mid-morning temps are as close to perfection as we get here in the Valley. Desert dwellers know the season to enjoy brunch al fresco is fleeting so grab your pals, sip a mimosa and snap some selfies. We’ve put together a list of the most indulgent, creative and satisfying brunch spots in Arizona’s west valley. From here at Lake Pleasant to Peoria, Goodyear, Glendale and other West Valley gems in between, let the brunching begin!
A day at the lake starts with a solid meal at Scorpion Bay Grill. The all-day brunch is available starting at 11 a.m. The restaurant at Lake Pleasant provides a spectacular view of mountains and water with food that will keep you full during your day on the lake. Keep it simple with the Hot Bagel Sandwich or maybe spice things up with the Navajo flatbread loaded with refried beans, ground beef, shredded lettuce, Pico de Gallo, and chipotle ranch. The all-day menu includes a wide variety of options sure to please any palate. Fresh food, local brews and cocktails on the water will make your day. Be sure you don’t forget dessert! Treat yourself to cheesecake to sweeten the deal or try the fan-favorite fried apple pie chimi. Want to enjoy your brunch on the boat? Order ahead and take it to go!
Location: 10970 W. Peninsula Blvd., Morristown, AZ 85342
Your mouth will be watering just reading the menu at Urban Margarita! Located conveniently off the 101 freeway, this local hot spot is easy to get to from anywhere in the West Valley. Putting a new twist on traditional Mexican food, Urban Margarita offers creative dishes like Hatch breakfast nachos, the classic huevos rancheros, and the to-die-for chile verde pork short ribs & eggs. Round things out with the cinnamon sugar churros and a Bloody Mary for the full Mexican cuisine experience.
Location: 6685 W. Beardsley Rd. #180 Glendale, AZ 85308
Did someone say brunch? Sleep in, then head to The Social Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Start with the popular Brunch Bruschetta then wrap your hands around a breakfast burrito. Other Social favorites include the chilaquiles (we are in Arizona, after all) and the avocado toast. What would brunch be without a clever concoction? Build your own mimosa or sip a morning marg. The best weekends begin with brunch!
Location: 8350 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria AZ 85382
Step back in time at this unique brunch spot nestled in the heart of downtown Glendale. With special entrees prepared each day, no visit will be like the last. Treat your tastebuds to homemade food in one of the West Valley’s most popular historic homes. The Spicery offers a quiche of the day which pairs perfectly with the daily salad. No brunch is complete without a taste of their cherry cheesecake or bread pudding. The three-course tea is a local favorite but be sure you reserve your spot two days in advance because spots fill up quickly! Pinkies up, friends!
Location: 7141 N. 59th Ave.; Glendale, AZ 85301
Enjoy “The Brunch Life” at the West Valley’s go-to eatery for great food and social media-worthy food pics! This is a popular foodie destination for locals and visitors alike. Whether you need it or not, you won’t be sorry if you order the Hangover Hash, a dish loaded with five-hour braised beef paired with jalapeno cornbread, potato hash, poached eggs and onion rings. If something sugary serves you better, the S’mores pancakes are a must. These chocolate chip pancakes are topped with marshmallow fluff, graham cracker crust, Nutella drizzle and campfire marshmallows. It’s your best childhood memories on a plate! Don’t miss out on the signature Hash Bloody Mary build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll end the meal as mom’s favorite.
Location: 9780 W. Northern Ave., Ste 1390, Peoria 85345
Brunch leveled up! Start things off with tempura cauliflower dipped in sweet chili ranch, then move on to the sweetest French toast this side of the 101! For our guests 21 and older the Henny waffle is a must try, loaded with a boozy topping then sprinkled with Butterfinger crumbles and powdered sugar. Those with a savory preference enjoy the southwest hash topped with fresh jalapeno and spice aioli. Lola, (L-o-l-a Lola!), you had us at Showstopper (visit our website or pop in to see what we mean)!
Location: 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd. #109, Glendale, AZ 85305
Taking mom to Arrowhead Grill for brunch launches you to favorite child status! This coveted Peoria restaurant opens early for mom offering a brunch menu as special as she is. Known for being the neighborhood go-to, you won’t be disappointed with one of their perfectly grilled steaks, indulgent sides or classic desserts. The vanilla crème brulee’ is toasted perfection! Open at noon on Mother’s Day, 3:00pm other days.
Location: 8280 W. Union Hills Dr. Glendale, AZ 85308
Brunch al fresco is brunch done right. Sip a mimosa and nosh on the Wigwam’s favorites while enjoying the gorgeous landscape of one of the West Valley’s premier resorts. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the churro waffle or kick it up a notch with the green chile pork. There are plenty of lighter dishes too, including the acai protein bowl and egg & avocado tostadas. Brunch at the historic Wigwam is a treat mom deserves!
Location: 300 East Wigwam Blvd.; Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Not brunch, but one heckuva lunch! This is authentic Italian food in the Arizona desert! With just about every Italian favorite on the menu, The Sicilian Butcher is best known for the meatballs! With a build-your-own-option, diners can choose their meatball, the sauce, and which pasta goes at the bottom of their meatball bucket. It’s a fun take on a classic favorite. Don’t leave without taking the cannoli…to go or at the table, you won’t be sorry. Deliziosa!
Location: 9780 W. Northern Ave., Suite 1110, Peoria AZ 85345
The name speaks for itself! This Valley favorite has a new location in Glendale bringing its signature plates to a hungry crowd. The Matt’s motto is “food tastes better when prepared simply with better ingredient.” You’ll find delicious options with fun names ranging from “The Hog & Chick” (eggs and bacon or sausage) to “The Chop & Chick” or “The Big Papa Burrito.” Craving lunch instead? You can’t go wrong with the selection of burgers and sandwiches.
Location: 7507 W. Rose Garden Lane #107, Glendale AZ 85308
A Goodyear go-to, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen brings comfort food and all-American cuisine to the West Valley and it’s all—you guessed it—made from scratch! Whether you’re craving a crisp salad, juicy burger, or soul-soothing country fried steak, Cheddar’s will hit the spot. Had a rough day on the course? Cheddar’s Painkiller cocktails might ease your ego, limit two for obvious reasons! Their family bundles also make it easy to serve up a great meal at home, no cooking required!
Location: 15030 West McDowell Rd Goodyear, AZ 85395
Whether you’re treating mom for Mother’s Day or just treating yourself to an amazing meal, the Haymaker won’t disappoint. Keep it spicy with the Arizona omelet or indulge your taste buds with the strawberry cheesecake pancakes. Known for its breakfast, burgers, and bourbon (don’t worry, we won’t tell) the Haymaker is a long-standing local favorite. Breakfast is served all day starting at 7 a.m. Family owned and serving homestyle recipes, the Haymaker elevates comfort food and community.
Location: Three to choose from: Litchfield Rd., Goodyear; 24762 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria; 1800 N. 8706 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria.
You don’t have to go far to spoil mom this Mother’s Day. The Lakeside Grill at Estrella offers creative dishes to suit any palate. Try the Sonoran Benny for a little Southwestern flair or sweeten things up with Bren’s Breakfast Benny. You can’t go wrong with the classics either, like the breakfast burrito or chicken & waffles. With patio seating near the lake and delicious food, you’ll get the day off to a great start at Lakeside Grill Estrella!
Location: 17665 West Elliot Road at Starpointe Residents’ Club, Goodyear AZ 85338
About Scorpion Bay
Located just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix in Peoria, Arizona on Lake Pleasant, Scorpion Bay offers convenience and world-class marina services for the entire family. With hundreds of covered and uncovered wet slips, world-class food at Scorpion Bay Grill – as well as boat rentals including pontoons, fishing boats, ski-boats, kayaks and other water toys – you’re sure to find a full day of entertainment on the water. As part of Lake Pleasant Regional Park, visitors can venture out for hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing in the area. Parking is easily accessible and our no cost electric tram will take guests and their gear from the parking lot to the dock in minutes. Scorpion Bay is managed by Desert Troon Companies
Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for harboring your yacht (or dinghy). Come for the fishing or come for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services await less than an hour out of Phoenix. https://www.scorpionbayaz.com/