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    Phil’s CafǸ does breakfast right

    Jacob Rader / Arizona Daily Wildcat

Peach Pancakes
Strawberry French Toast
    Jacob Rader
    Jacob Rader / Arizona Daily Wildcat Peach Pancakes Strawberry French Toast

    Family portraits fill the walls near the cash register, you can see back into the kitchen, the staff is friendly and casual — there’s no denying the family-owned feel of Phil’s Café.

    Tucked into a nondescript strip of shops on Campbell Avenue, Phil’s is a pleasant and homey breakfast and lunch joint. The tiny restaurant harkens back to a simpler time with its country-home inspired décor.

    If you find yourself in search of perfect pancakes, look no further. The cooked-to-perfection, golden-brown disks will hit the spot for any breakfast connoisseur.

    You can go fancy, too: Phil’s boasts an array of caramelized fruit compote-topped pancakes. The flavors include apple cinnamon, peach, banana nut, pear and the interestingly tropical options of mango and pineapple.

    But French toast and waffle lovers mustn’t despair; Phil’s serves up equally delicious renditions of those two classics as well. Made fresh and served hot, all three breakfast classics are superbly done.

    We can’t forget the fixings — eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and more are all offered to accompany your meal. Reasonably priced at between $5.95 and $7.99 for most breakfasts, a nice meal out won’t break the bank.

    The best deal by far is Phil’s make-your-own-breakfast combo, which allows you to throw together four breakfast favorites from a list of about 15 to make your ideal meal. Be sure to go for the hash browns. Cooked to perfection in all their starchy glory, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, served piping hot.

    There was only one problem to be had at Phil’s: a slightly soupy poached egg. But, hey, the pancakes and friendly service made up for it. My coffee cup was never low and condiments were provided before I could even ask. Service is clearly the backbone of Phil’s.

    Besides breakfast, Phil’s serves all the traditional family diner-style lunch options. Soups and sandwiches, burgers, tuna melts, salads and more — it’s all there.

    While it may not look like much from the outside, the home cooking speaks for itself. Quaint and unpretentious as well as delicious, Phil’s Café is most certainly a hidden treasure.


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