Best Southern Breakfast Served With a Smile

Aunt Mary's Cafe

Named after the chef/owner's aunt, Aunt Mary's Cafe has become a staple in the Temescal neighborhood, with lines out the door on weekends. Not only do its largely sustainably sourced dishes boast fresh ingredients — like the Southern Bubble and Squeak, a potato-and-Southern greens cake served with pot-likker gravy and a homemade biscuit — but the service is friendly and without a hint of attitude. The menu draws from Southern and Southwestern influences for its comfort food, with dishes that are out-of-this-world delicious and smack of that home-cooked stomach-warming joy you thought you could only find in your relatives' kitchens. In the inevitable case that you have to wait to get your savory corn pancakes with red eye gravy, Cajun-style French toast in a whiskey custard, or biscuits with sage gravy, relax in one of the comfortable armchairs in the waiting area while drooling over strawberry pie in the display case. There are more than enough items on the menu to keep you coming back.

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