A Reason To Get Up in the Morning

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Over Easy
4031 N. 40th Street, Phoenix
602-468-EGGS (3447)

Aaron May, the talented chef behind Sol Y Sombra, has opened a breakfast restaurant in a former Taco Bell, offering sophisticated comfort food for die-hard breakfast lovers. And it hasn't taken long for breakfast lovers to find him. Get there after 9 a.m. on the weekend, and you'll probably be waiting for a table in the tiny, yolk-colored interior or out on the enclosed patio. What's the appeal? Well, pretty much everything, including good coffee, house-made apple butter, fabulous razz cherry scones (served with créme fraîche and a drizzle of honey), Neuske's bacon and the best blueberry pancakes in town. Honestly, there isn't much here you won't like. The crisp malted waffle is terrific, as are traditional breakfast favorites such as chicken-fried steak and ham with redeye gravy. Get past the somewhat sloppy presentation and you'll find that the three eggs with steak, caramelized onions and chilies is absolutely delicious, while the namesake Over Easy (toasted brioche, topped with spinach, fried egg and "bacon sauce") looks as good as it tastes. Light eaters will also appreciate the perfect the egg white omelet with asparagus and the Scottish salmon with asparagus and hollandaise. The kids will be happy too, thanks to pancakes made with M&Ms and Reese's Pieces. Trust me, if you're a breakfast fanatic, Over Easy is egg-zactly what you're looking for. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $