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Top Tempe Breakfast Spots

It’s a guaranteed great day when you start your morning at one of Tempe, Arizona’s top breakfast spots.

My list started with just five, but Tempe has added a few out-of-this-world breakfast spots that just HAD to be added – so here’s my improved list. Trust me – you won’t be disappointed trying any of these delicious breakfast restaurants!

Daily Jam Red Velvet Waffles
Daily Jam – Red Velvet Waffles

1. Daily Jam | 310 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
This counter service spot, located in Downtown Tempe off of Mill Ave. and 3rd St., offers a fun casual atmosphere with indoor & outdoor seating and has excellent food. My favorite, so far, is the egg sandwiches. I also always LOVE to devour their Red Velvet Waffles. MUST-TRY DISH: Red Velvet Waffles 

2. Daily Dose | 96 S. Rockford Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Daily Dose is a family-owned restaurant located just east of Tempe Marketplace. Inside the bright, cheery interior, you’ll find classic breakfast dishes and a few that might surprise you, such as the Crispy Polenta and the Hangover Sandwich or the Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffle.
MUST-TRY DISH: Chili Verde Huevos Rancheros

Daily Dose Tempe
Daily Dose
Crepe Bar in Tempe, Arizona
Crêpe Bar

3. Crêpe Bar | 7520 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
This charming crêpe bar started as an innovative food truck that found success, quickly catching the eye of many since 2012. I get excited every time I head there for a taste of their seasonally fresh menu. I usually snag both sweet and savory crêpes to share with a friend. 
MUST-TRY DISH: Chilaquiles + Second Time Banana Crepe (I told you, I can never pick just one)

4. First Watch | 111 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
First of all, the coffee here is fantastic. Now that we have that covered, the food is also delicious. They have a good variety of options, with heavier meals such as their delightful protein pancakes or lighter options. Everyone leaves happy! The power bowls and the avocado toast are my two favorite menu items. MUST-TRY DISH: Avocado Toast

First Watch Avocado toast
First Watch

5. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery | 615 S. College Ave. #103, Tempe, AZ 85281
Great food and a trendy atmosphere make this place a treat every time. At Snooze, guests are tempted by from-scratch menu items such as a choose-your-own flight of fluffy pancakes or house-made breakfast pot pie smothered in rosemary sausage gravy. The coffee bar is a must-try for those needing a caffeine boost. Snooze is located on College Ave. and 6th St. in Downtown Tempe, just steps from ASU. MUST-TRY DISH: Bella! Bella! Benny! 

6. U.S. Egg | 131 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
Located on Baseline Rd. and Mill Ave., this breakfast and lunch spot is known for delicious food and a cozy, welcoming environment. This place offers just about everything, but the variety of pancakes is amazing. Try a stack of banana pancakes, strawberry pancakes, wild Maine blueberry pancakes, whole wheat pancakes, apple cinnamon pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, or my favorite, the protein pancakes. MUST-TRY DISH: Protein Pancakes 

7. Harlow’s Cafe | 1021 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Located near ASU on University and Hardy Dr., this cafe has been a classic neighborhood gathering spot for almost 30 years. Its old-school charm and tasty food make for a great combination! My favorites are the eggs benedict or the huevos rancheros.
MUST-TRY DISH: Huevos Rancheros 

Scramble in Tempe
Scramble in Tempe

8. Scramble | 1120 E. Baseline., Tempe, AZ 85283
Scramble is a quick casual spot offering counter service on Baseline Rd. and Lakeshore Dr. They use fresh, local ingredients and offer lots of vegan and gluten-friendly menu items. Dogs are welcome on their patio.
MUST-TRY DISH: Brizza – breakfast pizzas with a variety of toppings on hand tossed dough with hollandaise and scrambled eggs

9. Morning Squeeze | 690 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
This cheery and bright restaurant in Downtown Tempe serves up an endless array of pancakes, omelets, egg dishes and, wait for it…breakfast items for dogs. You heard that right; four-legged friends are welcome on their patio! They even have pup-friendly menu items. The chowhound scramble is my pup’s favorite.
MUST-TRY DISH: Biscuits and Gravy

A plate of biscuits and gravy with a side of potatoes
Morning Squeeze Tempe
Slim Thick Cafe
Slim Thick Café – The Mexican Mega Burrito

10. Slim Thick Café | 1730 E. Warner Rd., Ste. 10, Tempe, AZ 85284
First in a cloud kitchen and now in a walk-in location, Slim Thick Café is a family-owned business offering healthy dishes, vegan options, Keto-friendly bowls, proteins, decadent menu items, baked goods and gourmet coffees.
MUST-TRY DISH: The Mexican Mega Burrito

11. Sweet Desert Cafe | 715 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 2, Tempe, AZ 85283
Sweet Desert Cafe is a true neighborhood gem located on the southeast corner of Baseline Rd. and Hardy Dr. This family-operated breakfast and lunch cafe offers breakfast selections like crepes, Egg Benedict, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and more! Locals recommend their Breakfast Croissant, Monte Cristo crepes and the Churro Heaven Pancakes.
MUST-TRY DISH: Churro Heaven Pancakes

What’s your favorite breakfast spot?

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