Prep & Pastry | Breakfast in Tucson at its Best

Review by: Michael Stern

Tucson is a Breakfast Town

From cinnamon rolls at Gus Balon’s to huevos rancheros at The Little One, breakfast in Tucson can be a meal to remember. For example: Prep & Pastry. You’ll find it at the back of a little shopping plaza. Have a seat on the sunny patio or in a country-French dining room. Inside, exposed beams and bare wood tables create a rustic feel.

Breakfast Is the Most Delicious Meal of the Day

A wide assortment of interesting and inventive breakfasts makes choosing difficult. If you like pork belly, you’ll thrill to a fresh artisan roll packed with a thick slab of braised pork belly that is like a cross between bacon and a pork chop. Its companions include shaved apple, fennel, greens, and an over-easy egg. This is one big dish, more knife-and-fork food than wieldy sandwich.

I never craved duck confit hash (never even considered it) until savoring it for breakfast here. A fried egg and a dab of goat cheese mousse crown shreds of luxurious meat laced with shallots, spinach, and raisins. It is gluten-free, as is sweet potato hash. The hash is a rainbow presentation that includes corn, asparagus, mushrooms, and leeks.

The menu offers four kinds of French toast – classic, berry compote, carrot cake, and s’mores.

Biscuits and gravy rises to a whole new level of scrumptiousness. Cheddar cheese flavors the herbed biscuit. Duck fat adds extra luxury to the gravy.

Lunch & Brunch

At lunch, tuck into a very special grilled cheese sandwich on asiago bread with arugula pesto. I can’t resist the double-patty “commoner’s burger” topped with cheese, thick-cut bacon, and horseradish pickles. Vegans will want to know about a chickpea scramble with seasonal vegetables.

The weekend menu features breakfast poutine of pork belly, duck fat & sausage gravy, eggs, French fries, and cheese curds.

Come Thirsty

Note to tipplers: this is a wonderful place to go if you like to drink before cocktail hour. One whole side of the menu lists interesting adult beverages. Among them are eleven different mimosas, wine, beer, bloody marys, and sangria by the glass or jar. House motto: “Brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast.”

A 2nd location of Prep & Pastry is located at6450 E. Grant Rd. #160. 520-838-0809

And in Scottsdale: 7025 E. Via Soleri Dr., #175. 480-477-1502

What To Eat

Duck Confit Hash

Pork Belly Sandwich



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