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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:42 pm, Mon Oct 29, 2012.

Brunchies (17 E. Boston St., Chandler [480] 899-5036). Brought to you by the folks behind Serrano’s Mexican restaurants, this downtown spot serves brunch until 2 p.m. daily. The tasty spread includes all the usual suspects — pancakes, eggs, fruit, sausage and home fries — along with a variety of soups, desserts and Mexican breakfast favorites. $

Crackers & Co. Café (535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa [480] 898-1717, and 1325 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa [480] 924-9977). From pancakes and omelets to salad and soup, this eatery does ’em all — and does ’em well. The extensive breakfast and lunch menu also features sinful homemade cakes and treats. Additional location in Tempe (1285 W. Elliot Road, [480] 705-7900). $

The Gilbert House Restaurant (397 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert [480] 507-3383). This white-washed, green-trimmed cottage with weathered wood flooring offers sleepy-heads a cozy place to start the day. The typical country kitchen menu offers fluffy hotcakes, delicious eggs Benedict, apple and cinnamon pancakes with a rich cider syrup and delicious French toast. $

Harlow’s Cafe (1021 W. University Drive [480] 829-9444). Classic movie posters line the walls and waitresses with marquee looks deliver your breakfast. Fill up on one of their many omelets or their eggs Benedict, always cooked to perfection. There’s always a wait on Sundays, but that’s a good sign. Open for lunch as well. $

Hillside Spot (4740 E. Warner Road, Ahwatukee Foothills [480] 705-7768). Locals pack this place-to-be cafe, where recipes feature locally grown produce and attention is on the basics, which are done right. Breakfast items are served until 4 p.m. daily and include the “El Gallo” Torta, a scrambled egg sandwich with chorizo, tomato and avocado. Lunch is also served. $$

Ncounter (310 South Mill Ave., Tempe [480] 968-9288). This modern breakfast eatery is always crowded with professionals, students and families drawn to a healthy spin on traditional breakfast. Despite a constant line, the food comes out fast, and someone is always willing to make a little room at a table. Try the exceptional passion fruit and green iced teas. $

Pomegranate Cafe (4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 28, Ahwatukee Foothills [480] 706-7472). This whimsical mother-and-daughter-owned cafe serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes made with local, organic ingredients. Sit down at a colorful, shabby-chic table with herbal tea or coffee and a baked or raw treat. $$

T.C. Eggington’s Brunchery (1660 S. Alma School Road, Mesa [480] 345-9288). Made-from scratch English toast, crab-stuffed pastry shells, “girdle” cakes and omelets are only half the reason this sweet little restaurant with a flower on every table stays packed. Run by the same family since 1985, attention to detail and customer care are top priorities. Does a brisk lunch business, too. $$

U.S. Egg (131 E. Baseline Road, Tempe [480] 831-0070). This Tempe mainstay sings a lovely medley from the traditional breakfast songbook: moist omelets with hash brown chasers; crisp waffles and large pancakes that grab the warm syrup. Their crunchy-sweet protein pancake with blueberries, granola and cinnamon has been adored by guests for more than 20 years. Serves lunch, too. Additional locations in Chandler (5840 W. Chandler Blvd. [480] 219-1098) and Scottsdale. $$

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