An incomplete guide to brunch in Tucson. You’re welcome.

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By Robert Gundran

October 23, 2023
Brunch might be the best meal. It’s an excuse to have breakfast closer to the afternoon, and sometimes a reason to have a drink before the evening.

From authentic Mexican restaurants, to diners, to fancier establishments with their own house bloody mary mix, you’ll find a variety of places to grab a meal with your friends at a local spot.

Here are seven places you can grab brunch in Tucson:

Poco & Mom’s Cantina

7000 E. Tanque Verde Road
Hours:
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
8 a.m.—8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays
7 a.m.—8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
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Poco & Mom’s Cantina brings the authentic taste of New Mexico over to Tucson with abundant use of Hatch green and red chiles.

They have two breakfast menus: one with standard breakfast fare like omelets, biscuits and gravy, and chicken-fried steak, and one called the New Mexico breakfast with items like huevos rancheros, Hatch chile rellenos, machaca, and tamale breakfast.

Baja Cafe

Three Tucson locations
Hours:
6 a.m.—2 p.m.
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If you have brunch, you’re probably going to want a cocktail to go alongside whatever meal you decide on.

Baja Cafe’s cocktail menu has bloody marys, mimosas, margaritas, and other cocktails to go with your eggs Benedict or breakfast burritos.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, check out their eggs and pancake combo, which pairs two eggs with a large specialty pancake. The specialty pancakes come in flavors like chocolate chip, blueberry, snickerdoodle, pecan roll, lemon blueberry, or strawberry.

Drop in between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Friday for breakfast as low as $5.50.

Bobo’s Restaurant

2938 E. Grant Road
Hours:
Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays
5:30 a.m.—1 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays
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After a Friday or Saturday night out, nothing hits the spot like some diner food the next morning.

Bobo’s Restaurant has all the diner staples, and in large portions, too.

From the standard two eggs and meat breakfast, to omelets, to pancakes and French toast, Bobo’s has almost any breakfast item you could think of.

Make sure to get there somewhat early on the weekends, because this place gets crowded on Saturdays and Sundays.

Prep & Pastry

Two Tucson locations
Hours:
7 a.m.—3 p.m.
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Prep & Pastry isn’t just in Tucson, with additional locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert. It has been around for nearly a decade.

Stick with the brunch classics like a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs and pork sausage or biscuits and gravy—or opt for the “P&P Signatures” items like the Poblano Verde Beni, with carnitas, roasted poblano, poached eggs, goat cheese hollandaise, and an herbed cheddar biscuit.

Don’t forget the house bloody mary, which uses guajillo and garlic-infused vodka.

Seis Kitchen

Three Tucson locations
Hours:
8 a.m.—9 p.m.
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Seis Kitchen started as a food truck in 2012 and eventually expanded to three restaurants in the Tucson area. Their breakfast menu is available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on weekends.

Seis Kitchen has seven different kinds of breakfast burrito and three kinds of breakfast tacos.

The restaurant states on its website that it only sources local Arizona beef and uses biodegradable and recyclable packaging for to-go orders and catering.

Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe

2530 N. First Ave.
Hours:
Closed Monday
8 a.m.—3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
8 a.m.—2 p.m. Sundays
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Stop by Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe between 8 a.m. and noon for their authentic Mexican breakfast menu.

Where else will you find huevos rancheros with nopal cactus?

If that’s not your style, they have chilaquiles with eggs, or a poblano pepper stuffed with a corn tamale and cheese with green sauce slathered on top.

All breakfast items are between $7 and $12.

Frank’s

3843 E. Pima St.
Hours:
7 a.m.—2 p.m Mondays through Saturdays
8 a.m.—2 p.m Sundays

Frank’s has been in Tucson since 1972. This small restaurant has been serving Tucson residents for almost a half-century.

Get bottomless cups of coffee for just $2.75 to go alongside one of their breakfast specials.

The breakfast specials range from the standard egg sandwich with sausage, ham, or bacon, to Geoff’s special with two eggs, hash browns, a half-biscuit, and gravy.

Frank’s is a modestly sized diner, so get there early and you won’t have to wait too long to be seated.

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  • Robert Gundran

    Robert Gundran grew up in the Southwest, spending equal time in the Valley and Southern California throughout his life. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2018 and wrote for The Arizona Republic and The Orange County Register.

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