5 Cheap Breakfast Spots in Tucson


Breakfast is already the most important meal of the day, but it also should be the cheapest. In Tucson, there are a number of options to grab a bite to eat before heading into the office, on the way to school, or with your family on a weekend morning.

Here are five cheap breakfast spots that are filling without breaking the bank:

1. Baja Cafe, 7002 E. Broadway Blvd. and 2970 N. Campbell Ave.
Established in 2014, the Southwestern-style breakfast and lunch spot offers a very diner-esque atmosphere with a menu made of local ingredients. The restaurant serves breakfast all day at both their locations, with eight dishes $5.99 and under. Among those options is the Construction Burro, which is a tortilla with eggs, potatoes, cheese and up to three additions for just $5.99. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, Baja Cafe offers a number of breakfast specials, including the 379 Breakfast, which is two eggs any style, ham, sausage, or bacon, hash browns and one slice of toast for $3.79. It's a lot of food for not a lot of money.

If you go: Both locations open daily for breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.bajacafetucson.com.

2. KG's Westside Cafe, 1951 W. Grant Road
KG's Westside Cafe is a great local place for cheap breakfast food. Their traditional breakfast menu features options like pancakes, waffles, omelettes, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, for prices between $3.50 and $7. From 6 to 9 a.m., the restaurant offers a breakfast special, where you can pick four items for $3.99. Among the more than 10 options for items are eggs, potatoes, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. And the portions are as generous as you'd hope.

If you go: Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and brunch. For more information, visit www.yelp.com/biz/kgs-westside-cafe-tucson.

3. Mother Hubbard's Cafe, 14 W. Grant Road
The self-proclaimed mom-and-pop breakfast stop is a scratch kitchen specializing in contemporary Native American comfort food. Their specialty is the green corn waffle, but they offer a number of chili-inspired dishes as well. For under $10, they offer a massive breakfast menu, including scrambles, burros, cakes, waffles, breads and much more. For the early birds, they offer a special of two eggs, country potatoes or hash browns, toasts or a buttermilk pancake. The special is $3.50 and available Monday through Friday until 8:30 a.m.

If you go: Open 6 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Mother-Hubbards-Cafe-107030635997779.

4. The Taco Shop Company, 1350 E. Broadway Blvd.
The 24-hour quick-service spot is a popular stop for University of Arizona students because of it's close proximity to campus. But it also might be home to some of the best authentic breakfast burritos in town. For between $4 and $5, you can get a behemoth burrito with potatoes, egg and cheese, and you're choice of bacon, steak, etc. in a thick, homemade tortilla. Then you can top it off with homemade salsa from their salsa bar. The Taco Shop Company is an excellent place to stop for a filling, quick breakfast (or late night snack.)

If you go: Open 24 hours seven days a week. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Taco-Shop-Co-Tucson-128976340451472.

5. Good Day Cafe, 5683 E. Speedway Blvd.
The Harland Heights neighborhood cafe is another breakfast spot that's perfect if you're looking to spend under $10. The restaurant offers the typical breakfast items, including waffles and pancakes, as well as a number of specials, including omelettes, breakfast burritos, chorizo scramble, skillets and huevos rancheros. For just $1.99, you can order their daily special, which is two eggs any style, white or wheat toast and hash browns. It's available 6:30 to 9 a.m. weekdays. After 9 a.m. and on the weekend all day, the price jumps to $2.79. As they say at the restaurant, start your day with the Good Day Cafe.

If you go: Open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for breakfast and lunch. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Day-Cafe/187488768121020.

Justin Sayers is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. He was born and raised in L.A., and moved back after attending college and working in Arizona.