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Gus Balon's

6027 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ - (520) 747-7788
Posted By Tom Lewis on 10/7/2011 5:44:00 PM
The breakfast menu is every extensive. I chose the three egg omelet with ham and cheese. Included in the price were: coffee/tea, choice of toast, and breakfast potatoes. I sat at the counter so I could see all of the food being produced.

The noted cinnamon buns are huge and very popular. Food appears very rapidly and the portions are huge. The omelet was buttery and contained large amounts of ham and cheese (not the typical one slice of wrapped processed cheese) and came with house-made salsa. I selected wheat toast and was amazed at the size of the slices and their quality; I could have made a meal out of the toast and orange marmalade. The potatoes were tender and nicely browned.

The restaurant uses whole bean coffee that is roasted fresh with each brew and is wonderful. My waitress was very friendly and helped me experience one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever eaten. Nothing was greasy, the place was spotless, the staff was friendly, and I'd come back if I was in the area.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Not a trick photo. This is one Gus Balon cinnamon roll, about the size of a half-loaf of bread.  It is presented warm with butter, and it is a meal unto itself.
"Not a trick photo. This is one Gus Balon cinnamon roll, about the size of a half-loaf of bread. It is presented warm with butter, and it is a meal unto itself."
Michael Stern





Kelli Fling, Gus Balon's granddaughter, told us that the Breakfast Burger was added to the menu just last year. The sausage, egg, cheese and bacon all are fine, but it's the substantial homemade bun that puts this morning sandwich over the top. And, by the way, those 'American fries' in the background are delicious: gentle-flavored with just a few crunchy bits from the griddle.
"Kelli Fling, Gus Balon's granddaughter, told us that the Breakfast Burger was added to the menu just last year. The sausage, egg, cheese and bacon all are fine, but it's the substantial homemade bun that puts this morning sandwich over the top. And, by the way, those 'American fries' in the background are delicious: gentle-flavored with just a few crunchy bits from the griddle."
Michael Stern


Many butterscotch pies taste like melted candy in a crust. This one is so much more authoritative, the butterscotch dense and substantial -- serious dessert.
"Many butterscotch pies taste like melted candy in a crust. This one is so much more authoritative, the butterscotch dense and substantial -- serious dessert."
Michael Stern


Pat, who has been a waitress at Gus Balon's for ten years, shows off a pan of the famous sweet rolls.
"Pat, who has been a waitress at Gus Balon's for ten years, shows off a pan of the famous sweet rolls. "
Michael Stern


Since 1966, Tucson's favorite breakfast house
"Since 1966, Tucson's favorite breakfast house"
Michael Stern


Gus Balon's pies are just one reason this excellent cafe is an essential eat-stop in Tucson.
"Gus Balon's pies are just one reason this excellent cafe is an essential eat-stop in Tucson."
Michael Stern


The toast that comes with eggs is homemade.  It has real texture and flavor, and is a joy to eat.  Note all the butter on that egg:  mmmm-good!
"The toast that comes with eggs is homemade. It has real texture and flavor, and is a joy to eat. Note all the butter on that egg: mmmm-good!"
Michael Stern


The meat part of this 'Coarse Ground Round' breakfast is perfectly good, but while I left some of that on the plate, along with run-off of the egg yolks, I completely devoured the rich fried potatoes and toast in the background. This whole meal was the day's breakfast special, going for $6.10 including coffee.
"The meat part of this 'Coarse Ground Round' breakfast is perfectly good, but while I left some of that on the plate, along with run-off of the egg yolks, I completely devoured the rich fried potatoes and toast in the background. This whole meal was the day's breakfast special, going for $6.10 including coffee."
Michael Stern


Raspberry pie.
"Raspberry pie."
BSamuelson


Raisin pie.
"Raisin pie."
BSamuelson


After breakfast we obviously had to get dessert. Here is coconut and caramel pie.
"After breakfast we obviously had to get dessert. Here is coconut and caramel pie. "
daniel


The knife that arrives, plunged into the heart of Gus Balon's cinnamon roll, is essential. The roll has too much substance to yield easily to a fork and it is too ooey-gooey-sticky for fingers alone.
"The knife that arrives, plunged into the heart of Gus Balon's cinnamon roll, is essential. The roll has too much substance to yield easily to a fork and it is too ooey-gooey-sticky for fingers alone."
Michael Stern


Meals are securely in the single-digit price range.  The check is presented with the food. Our waitress, Pat, has a unique way of signing her name.
"Meals are securely in the single-digit price range. The check is presented with the food. Our waitress, Pat, has a unique way of signing her name."
Michael Stern


For us, no visit to Tucson is complete without at least one breakfast at this fine place.
"For us, no visit to Tucson is complete without at least one breakfast at this fine place."
Michael Stern


Clear, bright signage.
"Clear, bright signage."
BSamuelson


The ingredients in this breakfast 'burger' are high quality and make this sandwich a winner.
"The ingredients in this breakfast 'burger' are high quality and make this sandwich a winner."
BSamuelson



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