Flagstaff is a brunching town. Expect lines at these Top 5 Breakfast/Brunch establishments, because yep, they're that good. Each breakfast place made it on this list for a different reason. In a town of this size, you've got to specialize in something and be good at it in order to stick around. So here it is; Flagstaff's Top 5 restaurants to have breakfast or brunch at - any time of the week.
This Mexican restaurant specializes in green chili chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and everything Southwestern that's savory and delicious. Lovers of authentic, incredible, red and green chili won't mind waiting in a typical 30-minute line to enjoy the food at this place. There are two servers, a busser and a few really great cooks on a busy Sunday morning. They run a tight ship and are good at what they do. But don't go in there thinking you're going to have the undivided attention of a server. Your food will be to die for, your servers, when you see them, are charming and on their game, but you'll have to wait your turn throughout the whole experience and it will be well worth it. Martanne's used to run out of food (fresh, local ingredients) as it got closer to noon, but they've moved to a larger location where they likely account for their higher volume of hungry patrons. We haven't heard of them turning away people since they've moved to their new location, but just know, it's that good that people used to wait in line knowing that there was a possibility of being turned away after 30-45 minutes of waiting outside on the curb of Downtown Flagstaff.
If you like eggs benedict done properly, this is your place. Or perhaps pancakes are more your thing. Try La Bella Via's whole wheat pancakes and request real maple syrup and you won't regret waiting that 20 minutes to get seated. This tiny, but well-loved breakfast cafe also has many gluten-free options as well as traditional breakfast options great for the whole family. You really can't go wrong eating here. Their pancakes are shaped like koala bears for the kids and for the non-traditionalists, their smoked trout and eggs are quite delicious. There are only a dozen tables total between the patio and inside the restaurant, but this place is a local favorite that you'll enjoy brunching at if you want a taste the real Flagstaff.
Tourist Home offers some of the freshest baked pastries, danishes, and deserts in Flagstaff. Not only that, but their coffee, bloody-marys and wide selection of sweet and savory breakfast entrees are also hard to beat. As part of the Annex and Tinderbox family, Tourist Home is the morning food option we've always wanted from the other two restaurants. The Annex shares its outdoor patio with Tourist Homes, making this place one of the best places to enjoy an outdoor brunch. Inside, you'll enjoy a modern, minimalistic feel with comfort and coziness that comes in the way of the food and drinks they serve.
Toasted Owl offers some of the best food in Flagstaff for any meal of the day. Perhaps it's because their ingredients are fresh and their menu offers a great combination of old-school favorites just done exceptionally well and with a little flare. And the casual, unpretentious atmosphere holds true to the vibe of Flagstaff prior to the modern urbanizing trends that are booming on the south side of the tracks. The Toasted Owl feels genuine and their menu is honest. Once a three-ish table cafe in downtown Flagstaff, this restaurant earned its love by having a variety of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan items. Today their menu is pretty much stocked for all types of diets - without compromise.
Brandy's is the best all-around breakfast/brunch joint in Flagstaff. The food is excellent, the service is just what you would expect from a family-friendly restaurant and breakfast is what they do best. Brandy's serves all the traditional favorites including a few specialty dishes and some freshly baked goods. It's located off the beaten tourist path but has a steady flow of both locals and visitors alike. There's really not much more to say than this place other than it's a great place to eat breakfast for everyone.