Prep & Pastry

Bakery | Eclectic | New American | Vegan-Friendly | Vegetarian
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From cinnamon rolls at Gus Balon’s to green corn waffles at Mother Hubbard’s to huevos rancheros at Little Cafe Poca Cosa, Tucson is a formidable breakfast town. Prep & Pastry is one of the best ways to start the day. Located at the back of a little shopping plaza, with seating on a sunny patio or inside a country-French dining room with exposed beams and bare wood tables, this brash little eatery has a menu full of interesting and inventive meals.

The pork belly breakfast sandwich makes me swoon. A fresh artisan roll comes packed with a thick slab of braised pork belly that is like a cross between bacon and a pork chop, along with shaved apple, fennel, greens, and an over-easy egg. It is one big dish, more knife-and-fork food than wieldy sandwich. Another fine house specialty, available at lunch as well as breakfast, is duck confit hash: shreds of luxurious meat laced with shallots, spinach, and raisins, crowned with a fried egg and a dab of goat cheese mousse. It is gluten-free, as is sweet potato hash, 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 – as well as biscuits and gravy, which is sausage and duck fat gravy smothering a vividly herbed cheddar biscuit.

At lunch, you can have a swell grilled cheese sandwich on asiago bread with arugula pesto or a double-patty “commoner’s burger” topped with cheese, thick-cut bacon, and horseradish pickles. For vegans, there’s 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.

Note to tipplers: this is a wonderful place to know about if you like to drink before cocktail hour. One whole side of the menu is devoted to interesting adult beverages, including eleven different mimosas, wine, beer, effulgent 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 at 6450 E. Grant Rd. 520-838-0809

What to Eat
Prep & Pastry, Duck Confit Hash
Duck Confit Hash
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Duck confit hash includes fine cottage fried potatoes. The little globe of food at 11 o'clock on the fried egg is creamy goat cheese mousse.
Prep & Pastry, Pork Belly Sandwich
Pork Belly Sandwich
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A big piece of braised pork belly delivers maximum piggy succulence in this breakfast sandwich. The pork shares space inside a nice roll with shaved apple, fennel, and an over-easy egg.
Prep & Pastry, Biscuit
Biscuit
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Rich, flaky, and spangled with herbs, the cheddar biscuit is great by itself or as the foundation for a biscuits and gravy plate.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 3pm
Monday7am - 3pm
Tuesday7am - 3pm
Wednesday7am - 3pm
Thursday7am - 3pm
Friday7am - 3pm
Saturday7am - 3pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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