On the prowl for a great brunch spot in the Phoenix Valley? We found just that last week while aimlessly driving around after Church with our stomachs growling. I typed ‘Phoenix Sunday Brunch’ into my phone and chose El Chorro since I remembered seeing it on my last stay at the Monte Lucia.

el chorro cinnamon bunsAfter ordering my Bloody Mary — which was super spicy, so keep that in mind if you’re heat sensitive — we were delighted to see a basketful of cinnamon buns appear at our table. Now these weren’t your ordinary run of the mill cinnamon buns, mind you. At just the right size, they were crisp, not at all doughey and were bathed in the perfect amount of gooey caramel sauce. Needless to say we devoured them before our main course arrived. I could have stopped right there … I mean the perfect cinnamon roll and a Bloody Mary?? My sweet and salty craving was perfectly satisfied, in fact it never had it so good. But I forged ahead with my main course — for the sake of my readers, of course.

The Sausage and egg platter was huge and arrived with perfectly browned potato pieces, an english muffin and tomato wedges. I must say I haven’t eaten such good breakfast links since my New Jersey Diner days. They were perfectly seasoned and had a snappy skin …mmm.

We found out from our friendly waiter that El Chorro apparently closed its doors for almost a year for a total renovation and may I be the first to tell you — it worked. The rooms contained in this establishment are more like hidden treasures in every nook and cranny. The several bar areas have great views and I think I even prefer to dine there perched on the high tops. The outside dining grounds were gorgeous and I was disappointed that it was too hot and prevented us from eating al fresco. Stay tuned for an update as I can’t wait to return to El Chorro for a meal or at the very least, Happy Hour, when the temps cool down a bit.