Matt’s Big Breakfast

Coffee shop | Diner | Eclectic
Memorable
One of the best
Save

You won’t find a better breakfast in Phoenix; there are few eateries in Matt’s league anywhere. Look at the basics: hash browns that are wickedly crisp and gorgeous gold; bacon that is extra-thick and profusely peppered; real maple syrup for waffles and pancakes; freshly squeezed lemonades; cage-free eggs cracked to order and cooked in pure butter. Et cetera, et cetera.

In town for three days, duty-bound to explore as many restaurants as time and appetite allowed, I nevertheless managed to visit Matt’s three different times. Among the dishes I want to eat again, right now, are a salami scramble of velvety eggs laced with long twigs of sopressata salami; locally-baked sourdough toast sliced extra-thick and served with fresh strawberry jam; and a dense bourbon-cherry sausage link. Also at the top of the kitchen’s hit parade are a “chop and chick” breakfast that features a skillet-cooked Iowa pork chop and eggs benedict that my counter-neighbor enjoyed with audible moans of ecstasy.

By the way, Matt’s serves lunch starting at 11. I tried a butter burger – a gorgeous half-pound Niman Ranch ground chuck patty grilled in butter and topped with cheese (either American, or for $1 extra, Maytag blue). It was very, very good; but in this place, breakfast – served all day – is king.

Matt’s has a stylish urban-renewal appearance with exposed ductwork and concrete flooring that looks like an old garage; and the clientele and staff are urban cool; but the vibe is classic diner. Many regular customers and their orders are known to waitresses, and service is brisk and informal. Seating is at two counters, one of which looks outward onto 1st Street, and at several bare wood tables.

There are three other locations of Matt’s Big Breakfast: 3118 East Camelback Rd. (602-840-3450); 400 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe (480 967 5156); and at Gate 5B, Terminal 4 in Sky Harbor Airport.

What to Eat
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Bacon
Bacon
Must-Try
Thick-cut, sweet-cured bacon is vigorously peppered.
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Must-Try
Hash browns are dished out in crisp, rectangular portions.
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Home Fries
Home Fries
Must-Try
Home fries are soft and luxurious, laced with onions.
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Salami Scramble
Salami Scramble
Must-Try
Salami scramble: congruence of sunny-flavored eggs with rank & chewy sopressata sausage.
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Sourdough Toast & Jam
Sourdough Toast & Jam
Must-Try
Sourdough toast and strawberry preserves
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Butter Burger
Butter Burger
Must-Try
Handsome, hand-pattied, half-pound grilled-in-butter hamburger on a fresh bakery bun
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Almond Sugar Cookie
Almond Sugar Cookie
Inside the broad almond sugar cookie is secreted a load of crisp nutmeats.
Matt’s Big Breakfast, Bourbon Cherry Sausage
Bourbon Cherry Sausage
Bourbon-cherry sausage is slightly sweet and subtly intoxicating.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Hap’s Pit Barbecue

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Hap’s is a Phoenix BBQ where meats are rubbed with spice and slow-cooked with smoke. Lamb and chicken are the two outstanding dishes.

  • Rito’s Mexican Food

    Phoenix, Arizona

    A Phoenix neighborhood Mexican food stand with patio dining, Rito’s serves exemplary Sonoran dishes: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and chimichangas.

  • Short Leash Hot Dogs

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Creative hot dog variations are the specialty of this clever Phoenix restaurant. If Short Leash doesn’t have a wiener you like, you don’t like wieners.

  • Harlow’s Cafe

    Tempe, Arizona

    A bustling diner serving breakfast all day (’til 2pm closing), Harlow’s of Tempe offers well-crafted omelets, griddle-crisp hash browns, and blueberry pancakes.

  • Little Miss BBQ

    Phoenix, Arizona

    One of the best BBQs of the Southwest – one of the best anywhere – Phoenix’s Little Miss makes brisket, pork and beans that belong on all foodies’ bucket list.

  • Stand

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Burgers, tacos, milk shakes and French fries are all well above ordinary fast food standards at Phoenix’s casual, friendly Stand.