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Cheap Tucson Breakfasts (6 Under $6)


Posted on | March 29, 2009 | 9 Comments

We looked for breakfast spots not just cheap, but fun, too. Here are 6 Tucson breakfast spots under $6 (more or less).These cheap eats are not in any particular order:

1. Gus Balon’s, 6027 E. 22nd St., Tucson (520) 747-7788.

Michael Stern (the famous food critic) LOVES the HUGE cinnamon roll. It’s $2.25–Stern calls it a scenic wonder. Or you can get a #7 platter (3 buttermilk pancakes) for $4.75. Or a slice of delish pie (if you have a sweet tooth at breakfast) is $2.25. On top of this, Kelly (3rd generation owner of Balon’s) offers a daily b’fast special for $6.25. To find out what’s smokin’ hot on the special list today, call (520) 748-9731.

2. Viv’s Cafe 8987 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson 85749 (520) 760-8622. (This one is hard to find. It’s in the shopping center on the NW corner of Tanque Verde & Catalina Highway. Viv’s is 1/2 block off the Catalina side.)

Fun, FUN FUN place to eat. Always packed. One friend says it’s the best breakfast in Tucson. Order a full stack of pancakes for $3.99. The strawberry shortcake isn’t on the menu, but ask for it because it’s GOOD. It costs $2.99 and works well if you like a sweet breakfast. They also offer a special on Mon.-Fri. Lots of choices–eggs or pancakes and bacon or sausage, biscuits. You get the idea. This special costs $4.99.

3. Le Buzz, 9121 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson 85749 (520) 749-3903.

All the locals gather here, especially bicyclists. Lots of fun, with cool owners who let your dog sit on the patio. Get a nice-sized quiche (comes with a roll) for $5.95. Or a bowl of oatmeal comes in at $4.87. We ADORE the cinnamon rolls, which run about $3.00 and are large. A mug of coffee is $1.93, BUT if you take your own mug, it’s only $1.

4. Frank’s 3843 E. Pima St. Tucson, 85716 (520) 881-2710.

Pretty much a Tucson institution here. People love to go, just to hear Candace yell, “You’d better know what you want” when you walk in. They offer two eggs for $3.50 or a bacon/egg combo plate for $4,60. The really special deal comes if you get there before 9:00 AM Mon.-Fri. You’ll get 2 eggs any style, home fries or hash browns, and a choice of biscuit, toast, or tortilla. It’s $1.50. Coffee costs $1.60. Btw, at night this cute, funky little place turns into Francisco’s.

5. Eclectic Cafe, 7053 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson 85715 (520) 885-2842.
You can get a couple of eggs, any style here for $4.75. Comes with potatoes or chilaquilas or sliced tomatoes or refried beans, and choice of biscuit or toast. The Saturday-only b’fast special (from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM) consists of 2 eggs, potatoes, and a biscuit for $2.75. Coffee is $2. They also offer a weekend b’fast deal. Buy one entree, and get the second (of equal or lesser value) for half price.

6. Alice’s Restaurant, 5416 E. Pima St., Tucson, 85712 (520) 325-3151.

And here we have another Tucson institution, described by some as tiny but very cute and clean, with home-style cooking. Get here before 10:00 AM and order the Early Bird Special. You’ll get eggs, homemade potatoes, and toast for $2.79. But you can make other choices. They have TWO b’fast specials that change daily. One costs $4.65 and features eggs, but the offering changes daily. The other breakfast special is always an omelette (although the flavors change) and it costs $4.85. Coffee is $1.60.

7. Ghini’s French Cafe, 1803 E. Prince Rd., Tucson, 85719 (520) 326-9095.

Ok, ok. This one barely made the list because it is a teensy, tiny bit pricier than we wanted. But, hey, we said six restaurants, and this is the seventh, so don’t whine. But we love, love LOVE Ghini’s. It’s in a shopping center on Campbell Ave & Prince, and has a cute little bakery, too. You can get two eggs (any style) for $5.95.  I love the cafe au lait with one croissant–that costs me $5.25. Sit on the patio. Watch the world go by. This is a good place with nice character.

So, here you have one list of six . . . or seven . . . cheapo (but fun) breakfasts in Tucson.

(By the way, if you happen to be looking for some cheap (but good) Tucson lunch spots, go right here.)

Now I want to hear from you. What’s your fav cheapo breakfast stops? Let us know.

–Posted by Hortense P. Tightwad.

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9 Responses to “Cheap Tucson Breakfasts (6 Under $6)”

  1. Alan Bomberger
    March 29th, 2009 @ 8:08 am

    I like the Blue Willow on Campbell

  2. laura b
    March 29th, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    Joe’s Pancake House on Golf Links/Kolb – they have M-F breakfast specials and the best french toast ever!

  3. Phooey
    April 1st, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    Thanks, Laura. French Toast is just about my fav breakfast.


  4. j k
    October 17th, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    One i didn’t see on here is Brawley’s. tucked right next to the shoe store at the corner of broadway and wilmot. look for the blue signs. you can get two eggs, two bacon, hasbrowns and toast AND a nice sized orange juice for 3.78! (this is effective as of today which is 10/17/09) check it out. the service is very in and out, and don’t expect any special requests, but im telling you, it’s worth it! We eat there almost every day as a landscaping crew before we go out and work a hard days work. carry’s you through till lunch. =)

  5. Stefanie
    March 14th, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    What about Jerry Bobs? There are several around town, they’re always packed, the food is awesome and most of all, it’s pretty inexpensive. If you want a good hot breakfast for a decent price then I’d check this place out!

  6. Phooey
    March 15th, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Great idea, Stefanie. Jerry Bob’s serves up a fine breakfast, and it’s cheap, too. Thanks for reminding us.

  7. Dan Washuk
    August 21st, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Don’t forget the Egg Connection. They have been in business for about 25 years. Great breakfast fare and lunch as well. Inexpensive and you will never go away hungry.

  8. Mike
    March 11th, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    Hey folks, what about Bobo’s, 2938 E. Grant. I just discovered this place with a gift card someone gave me for them. Absolutely fantastic and cheap.I’ll tell you, my search for great biscuits and gravy in Tucson is over.

  9. Phooey
    March 11th, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Yup, I LOVE Bobo’s. We’ve written about it a few times, but it’s always worth it to mention it again. My fave is the blueberry pancake.

    Thanks for reminding us of a Tucson classic!

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