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  • Maddie LaBerge

Yolking it up at Phoenix classic, Matt's Big Breakfast

I am a big breakfast gal. It is the only meal that is an absolute must for me. A runny yolk, crunchy toast and ripe avocado slices really give me that morning boost I so desperately need. Pair that with a steaming cup of coffee, and I am one happy bruncher.


Last week, I went to Phoenix mainstay eatery, Matt's Big Breakfast. The original Matt's Big Breakfast opened its doors in late October, 2004 on what was a quiet street corner. The tiny red brick 800-square foot restaurant grew to become one of the most popular in Arizona, with lines stretching out the door every day. Eight years later, Matt's Big Breakfast moved half a block north to a larger location, allowing more space for the customers that still line out the door. The restaurant has been featured on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", CNN, Bon Appétit, The New York Times and more.

Eat at Matt's mural points you to the entrance.
Eat at Matt's mural points you to the entrance.

Waiting for Matt's Big Breakfast

Well, it's less of a line out the door than it is an outdoor waiting area with benches and tables. That's where you sit and wait while you wait for the employee with the waitlist to come out and yell your name through the bustle of diners hungry to get inside and order. I went with my boyfriend, Max and we waited about 20 minutes on a Thursday morning to get seated at the bar.

The entrance to Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix.
The entrance to Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix.

I had taken awhile to get ready, so Max was ready to eat when we got to the counter. The restaurant was swamped with big groups of diners in full Taylor Swift merch, in anticipation of the Taylor Swift Eras Tour, kicking off the next day.


Order up!

Matt's Big Breakfast Menu
Matt's Big Breakfast Menu

We waited for about ten minutes for our server to come and take our drink orders, both of us opting for the locally roasted coffee, which is ground daily. We both got our coffees, served alongside a side of cream, but our server hustled away before we could order our food.

We ordered the bottomless coffee for  $3.49, it comes from the Roastery of Cave Creek and is ground daily.
We ordered the bottomless coffee for $3.49, it comes from the Roastery of Cave Creek and is ground daily.

It was another ten or more minutes before she came back. I ordered the smashed avocado toast, served on a hearty cut of multigrain, topped with watermelon radish, cherry tomatoes, micro-greens, EVOO, black sesame seed and flaky Maldon sea salt. I added a poached egg for an extra $2.00. Max ordered the Big Papa Burrito, served in a local tortilla stuffed with three eggs, Schreiner's chorizo, roasted Yukon gold potatoes, organic pinto beans, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, enchilada style with MBB's ranchero sauce. We also asked for ice waters, since we didn't get any with our coffee.

The smashed avocado toast ($11.49) was amazing and had a great texture.
The smashed avocado toast ($11.49) was amazing and had a great texture.

Our food came out quick but again, our server left in a rush before we realized we had no silverware. Luckily, we caught another employee who was around the bar and we were able to begin our meal. The smashed avocado toast ($11.49) was amazing and had a great texture between the smooth avocado slices, multigrain toast and sprouts. If you're looking for a delicious and light breakfast, this is definitely the way to go. I recommend adding the poached egg for a bit of protein to make it more filling.

Max tore through his Big Papa Burrito ($14.49), which came smothered in cheddar cheese and a green chile sauce. The monster of a burrito came with a roasted poblano pepper on the side and kept Max full virtually all day.


Max tore through his Big Papa Burrito ($14.49).
Max tore through his Big Papa Burrito ($14.49).

The last bite

For two unlimited coffees and two entrees, our check was just under $40 before tip. Overall, the food is great and there's no denying that Matt's Big Breakfast is a local favorite, but with the high demand, there is definitely a long wait associated with going to the downtown Phoenix location. It may have been because we were at the counter, but we definitely could have done with a bit more attention.

The final bill for two at Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix.
The final bill for two at Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix.

If you are looking for a Matt's Big Breakfast that has more room to accommodate interested diners from around the Valley and beyond, I would recommend the Tempe location. MBB has five locations across the Valley and even has franchise opportunities in Texas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and more.


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