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On Weekends, We Brunch

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

In Scottsdale, just about any season is patio season, whether you’re dining during a crisp springtime morning or sitting beneath cooling misters during the early hours on a warm summer day. Top off that perfect outdoor ambiance with a delicious meal at one of Scottsdale’s top brunch spots.

Herb Box

The Herb Box serves up comfort food at its best with specialties like hearty breakfast tacos and cinnamon buckwheat pancakes on the menu. The menu also features an assortment of salad options for those looking for lighter fare. Outdoor patio seating puts you in the middle of the action of the SouthBridge District and the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Café ZuZu

Boasting a modern twist on classic American fare, the menu at Hotel Valley Ho’s ZuZu ranges from red velvet waffles topped with crème fraiche and macerated berries to planks + eggs, served with crispy potato plank and red chili short rib stew. If you’re looking for big variety, this is the place. Blooming flowers and towering palm trees surround the courtyard patio’s shaded tables, lounge areas and fire pit.

True Food Kitchen

Known for using organic and nourishing ingredients, True Food Kitchen’s brunch menu follows suit. The restaurant offers up a seasonal menu with healthy and delicious options like the garden scramble, Quinoa Johnny Cakes and tofu burrito. Kick back in comfortable outdoor seating on the wraparound patio in the heart of Scottsdale Quarter. Complete your guilt-free meal with a natural refreshment like True Food’s matcha horchata or pomegranate limeade.


This menu offers a variety of flavorful egg dishes and griddle items in addition to salads, sandwiches and more. Craving some carbs? Try the monkey bread babka served with hazelnut chocolate sauce or order the savory crispy chicken and sourdough waffles. Don’t forget to enjoy one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails in the open air on the stylish indoor/outdoor patio, which offers great views of the Scottsdale skyline.

The House

Aptly named, The House Brasserie is tucked away in one of the oldest standing homes in downtown Scottsdale. Enjoy brunch on the shaded patio beneath the original tenants’ towering Christmas tree, planted some 80 years ago. Dive into a warm mascarpone crepe made with fig, huckleberry strawberry hazelnut honey, mint and vanilla, or kimchi fried rice with sesame scallion pancakes. Don’t forget to bring the pup to this dog-friendly patio, too.