Breakfast happens to be my favorite meal of the day, so this week for Restaurant Rendezvous I decided to try a neighborhood hot spot—Sahuaro Café.
Many people have recommended it, and I had been anxious to go out for breakfast for quite some time. Located next to the Safeway off Rancho Vistoso Blvd., the café makes itself available to locals, and has a lot to offer.
We went during lunchtime in the middle of the week, and the café was crowded; more crowded than my mom and I expected it to be. This resulted in a rather slow lunch, but we were in no rush. Booths line one wall of the café’s interior space, tables and chairs occupy the middle area, and a small bar looks on into the kitchen. This setup combined with the décor and casual style made this restaurant feel more like a diner than a café. Nonetheless, it was still comfortable and inviting.
At first glance, the menu appears equally devoted to breakfast and lunch and has many categories, but online the menu is divided into three sections: Eggs and Beyond, Mexican Breakfasts and the Lunch Menu.
The Eggs and Beyond portion offers a classic selection of eggs prepared any style with many meat offerings including bacon, sausage, grilled ham steak, fried steak and corned beef hash. They also prepare homemade buttermilk pancakes, French toast, waffles, eggs Benedict, a selection of omelets and the sahuaro skillet.
True to their slogan of having a Mexican flair, one can find many Mexican style breakfast options like chorizo and scrambled eggs and breakfast tacos.
You can also order chimichanga’s, pork enchiladas, nachos grande or chicken tacos for lunch; however, sandwiches and salads dominate the lunch portion of the menu. Although we both ordered breakfast, many of the sandwiches looked tasty, and whenever I return (if I can persuade myself to not order breakfast) I’d be willing to give lunch a try.
I ended up selecting what I thought seemed like the most unique breakfast item on the menu—the sahuaro skillet ($10.99). This concoction consisted of home fried potatoes with onions, peppers, two eggs any style, your choice of sausage, bacon, kielbasa, ham or chorizo, and was topped with melted cheddar cheese. True to its title, the dish came out in a skillet and was enormous in size. Everything was mixed together and enveloped in a layer of gooey cheddar cheese. This dish was delicious but overwhelming, especially because I opted for chorizo, which made it spicy.
Overall, I’m glad I tried it, but would not order it again because it was also too greasy for my liking.
My mom ordered what our server assured was the signature breakfast dish—the sahuaro omelet ($7.99). Comprising of three eggs, this omelet was also large and filled with artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, green chiles, onions, spinach, jack and cheddar cheeses. It also came with crispy, large breakfast potatoes. I was able to try a few bites of this and was pleased. It proved to be a classic, simple, delicious omelet.
After eating at the Sahuaro Café, I immediately came to understand why this is a local choice. Like the omelet, it offers simple, classic dishes, though I’m not sure they even need to incorporate Mexican food staples.
There’s nothing fancy here and no surprises. At Sahuaro Café you know exactly what you’re going to get, and there’s always a virtue in that.
12142 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd #120, 297-3258
Recommended Dishes: Sahuaro Omelet
Price Range: Eggs and Beyond, $4.99 to $10.99; Mexican Breakfasts $7.99 or $8.99; Lunch Menu, $7.99 to $10.95
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