The bright and airy Breakfast Joynt (14891 N. Northsight Blvd., 480/443-5324, www.thebreakfastjoynt.com , 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily, $7–10) serves up filling treats like Texas French toast, chocolate-chip pancakes, and home-style biscuits with sausage gravy. While you can get breakfast until close, their midday lunchtime menu features salads, burgers, classic monte cristos and tuna melts, and specialties like the Crazy-Big Trash-Can Lid pork sandwich.
The hipster diner and market Chloe’s Corner (15215 N. Kierland Blvd., 480/998-0202, www.foxrc.com , 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.) is a fun place to get a quick and inexpensive meal at Kierland Commons. Grab an egg sandwich and coffee in the morning, or plop down at the butcher-block counter when lunch rolls around for the chopped salad with turkey, blue cheese, and candied pecans. For an midafternoon pick-me-up, the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry hand-dipped milk shakes are delicious.
At JP Pancake (9619 N. Hayden Rd., 480/596-9369, www.jppancake.com , 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $8–10) you’ll find light and golden flapjacks topped with mounds of fruit, nuts, and chocolate, all made to order. Try the specialty oven-baked pancakes or dive into a short stack of orange poppy, coconut cranberry, lemon pecan, or strawberry hotcakes. There are waffles, French toast, eggs, and omelets as well.