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    Battle of the brunch

    It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to partake in the two most important food groups: alcohol and brunch. Luckily for us, Tucson has no shortage of places to drink and dine in the mornings. Whether you’re waking up with a hangover, with your hook up or with a Harry Styles body pillow, here are some places to brush off the sting and stench of last night.

    Prep and Pastry

    Prep and Pastry’s brunch has the classics like eggs and bacon and granola with yogurt, as well as regional specialities like biscuits and gravy and breakfast poutine. The best part is that it has four different kinds of french toast: classic, berry compote, s’mores and carrot cake. Though Prep and Pastry doesn’t serve alcohol, it does serve afternoon tea in case you’re feeling a little fancy.

    Wilko

    Wilko’s brunch menu has all the staples as well as an extensive drink menu for its weekend brunch at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Its sophisticated fare has everything from croque madame to ricotta pancakes with lemon marmalade to salmon hash. It has several different variations on mimosas and sparkling, white, rose and red wines. If you’ve yet to check out this corner of University Boulevard, this weekend is your opportunity.

    Cup Café

    Hotel Congress’ Cup Café was voted one of the 10 best places in America to get brunch by Men’s Journal and for good reason. It’s open seven days a week, and the breakfast menu is available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s a make-your-own omelette bar and everything is served with hotel potatoes and toast. Cup Cafe’s must-try is its cast iron baked eggs, and at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday there’s a Bloody Mary Bar that has four different kinds of Bloody Marys with up to four different mix-ins.

    Ghini’s French Caffe

    If you didn’t think there was a place for authentic French cuisine in Tucson, you were wrong. Ghini’s serves its French breakfast all day Saturday and Sunday, so you can chow down on any kind of crepe you can imagine, or try the eggs provencal. Ghini’s has an entire menu of “Recovery Beverages,” along with a plethora of bubbly and booze to get you through the morning.

    Blue Willow

    If you live in Tucson and haven’t had brunch at the Blue Willow, then have you really lived in Tucson? Blue Willow has the classic Southwestern brunch, with dishes like chorizo and eggs and huevos rancheros, along with to-die-for eggs benedict and 13 different kinds of omelettes. It has a specialty mimosa with grapefruit and prickly pear, or you can just get a small bottle of champagne. The best thing about this Tucson favorite is the kitsch gift shop at the front of the restaurant, which has every wacky and weird trinket imaginable.

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