Ah, spring training in Arizona. What’s not to love? Ten stadiums in Greater Phoenix host 15 Major League Baseball teams who come to the area with hope and for sunshine.
If you’re not a fan of peanuts, Cracker Jack or other stadium fare, grab breakfast or brunch at these local restaurants before you spend an afternoon rooting for your home team.
Matt's Big Breakfast, Phoenix
Heading out to Maryvale Park to see the Milwaukee Brewers or Camelback Ranch to see the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox? Make a point of fueling up at Matt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix. A fixture of the Roosevelt Row neighborhood, the cozy eatery dishes up classic creations with a fresh, locally sourced spin. Try the nourishing steel-cut oats with organic brown sugar, or go for broke with The Chop & Chick, two eggs served with a skillet-seared pork rib chop.
Brothers Family Restaurant, Peoria
The San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners share the Peoria Sports Complex, while fans share tables at nearby Brothers Family Restaurant. The folksy, family-owned restaurant won’t leave you hungry with biscuits and gravy, chicken-fried steak and eggs, chorizo and eggs, pancakes, breakfast burritos or a tomato and feta cheese omelette (gyro meat optional).
Angel's Diner, Goodyear
Fans of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds head out to Goodyear Ballpark, but often stop first at Angel's Diner, a homespun, family-run spot with a 50s vibe. The menu features American classics like eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes, but heat-seekers will like the huevos rancheros or the Tex Mex, a plate of eggs, chorizo, onion and pepper, served with sides of beans, potatoes and tortillas.
Amuse Bouche Bistro, Surprise
Surprise Stadium is home to the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Some fans are known to buy tickets just for Sunday games so they can have brunch at Amuse Bouche Bistro. The tiny bistro with deep red walls does lunch and dinner the rest of the week, but on the seventh day, it's beignets, eggs Benedict, quiche Lorraine and crepes (think smoked salmon and dill cream or ham and Swiss cheese), served by the two owners, who are French-trained chefs.
Breakfast Club, Scottsdale
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies cohabitate at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, while the San Francisco Giants go big at Scottsdale Stadium. Make your way to both ballparks after a meal at Scottsdale's Breakfast Club, which has been hitting it out of the ballpark for years. This being health-conscious Scottsdale, the vegetable-centric Lean & Green omelette is popular. More indulgent choices include the BC sandwich (eggs, bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese on an English muffin) or the chocolate chip pancakes.
Crepe Bar, Tempe
Tempe Diablo Stadium is home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The city is also home to Crepe Bar, a mashup between a hipster coffee shop and a magnet for foodies, where regulars tend to hang out for hours. Have a macchiato or a mimosa, then scroll through the menu of savory and sweet crepes, which include fillings like paprika chicken with fontina cheese, pork belly with espresso-maple glaze, Arizona honey with mission figs or Nutella with brulée bananas.
T.C. Eggington's, Mesa
In Mesa, the Oakland Athletics make their spring home at HoHoKam Stadium, while the Chicago Cubs come out of hibernation at Sloan Park. T.C. Eggington's has been scrambling, frying and poaching eggs for baseball fans since 1985 – at a rate of 8,000 eggs per week. The filling "girdle cakes" include strawberry-topped waffles, while the English toast is made with custard batter-dipped cinnamon bread. The Crack O’ Dawn is a pan of potatoes, ham, onions and mushrooms, topped with cheese and eggs.