A frequent winner of "best breakfast" and "best desserts" awards locally, this strip-mall cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a specialty ... More
A frequent winner of "best breakfast" and "best desserts" awards locally, this strip-mall cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a specialty coffee. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or traditional European-style pastry. The Tucson Daily Citizen once referred to it as "Flagstaff's best kept secret," but we're letting the word out. Hearty breakfasts include unique offerings like trout and eggs, homemade Swedish oat pancakes and the house special, Eggs Brandy (poached eggs on a bagel, topped with Hollandaise sauce). Service is friendly and attentive, and a tempting display of baked goods gives the place a homey feel.
It's mediocre (flagstaff mediocre, which equates to below average)...I enjoy eggs benedicts, but their english muffin is always stale, tastes like it was heated in the microwave. The spinach that came with mine was from a can,yuck!
I like the service, friendly. Can you please improve on those eggs benedicts. Unlike those snobs who didn't like the decore, i find it rather soothing.
The service is excellent...we usually go from breakfast. We found this place when the other breakfast place that we go to started slacking on the service (cafe espress).The servers are very attentive with the coffee. The food is out of this world. Pancakes are huge. It doesn't have the quaint downtown location, but it is well worth the trip. A local favorite.
In a town like Flagstaff, you'd expect to find great food everywhere. Not true. There's very few half way decent places to go. Brandy's is one of a handful of restaurants in Flagstaff that I will eat at. Everyone's friendly and the food is pretty darn good.
I don't know what the lady in the previous review is talking about. Maybe she enjoys Denny's or McDonalds for breakfast. Yes, it's smaller (it's no Cracker Barrel) I've been living in Flagstaff for 13 years and Brandy's is by far one of the best restaurants in town. Being from New York City originally (so I think I know good food) I find the food compares to some great places there. $7.95 for a burrito is very very reasonable especially for the size of the plate. Not to mention the burritos are fantastic. They even have asparagus and broccoli that you can throw in them. My two favorite things. And you can get hollandaise sauce on top. Yum!!!!! The art on the walls change month to month. It's fun. What's great about it is it's all local Flagstaff artists. Some months they even have art on the wall for donation like to Lou Corps (a group home for young adults with disabilities---I work there). The art is almost always wonderful. and like good art sometimes out of my price range. Just because you can't afford shouldn't mean you have the right to talk crap. And no Brandy's is not a five star dining experience. Nor do they ever advertise that they are. It's a very casual fun dining experince. The waiters and waitresses are so attentive and friendly everyday you go there. If you live in Flagstaff, or are just travelling through, you should stop in. You just can't do better. I guess if you go to IHOP a lot, it may not be your style. But if you love great mom and pop restaurants then this is for you.
I love being taken out for breakfast, so when my husband had a Friday off recently, we decided to try something new. We first checked with Yahoo.com and, upon viewing Brandy's chic, upscale website which listed unusual gourmet meals, we decided to give it a try.
Brandy's is located in a storefront shopping plaza and is very small. Upon entering, it was clear to us that the photos on their website must have been taken many moons ago, because the restaurant (coffee shop?) was very tawdry, rundown and claustrophobic inside. We almost walked back out, but our hunger prevailed and we hoped that the food might be better than the decor.
At Brandy's, you're expected to seat yourself, so we chose a booth near a window. The moment my rear end hit the seat of the booth, I was transported back to the 60's, and not in a good way. The booth was ancient, and any remaining padding on the seats had shifted so that we were sitting on hard, jabbing boards underneath the plastic covering. Ouch! Immediately and painfully uncomfortable! Brandy's badly needs to invest in new seats!
Trying to ignore our physical discomfort, we gazed around and saw that the walls were covered with extremely amateurish, garish artwork by a local artist that had expensive price tags stuck to them! How tacky, and hard on the eyes too. The costly price tags reflected very wishful thinking on the part of the artist. We had a good laugh!
If you have sensitive ears, beware: there is NO sound-buffering in this place, and so we got to listen to every last bit of noisy conversation from every other patron (and screaming toddlers) in the room, which prevented me from hearing my husband or the waiter speak. I just nodded yes, hoping that I was giving the correct answer. This seemed to work out ok.
Our meals arrived, but because of the extreme unpleasantness of the environment, I ended up taking 90% of my breakfast home in a take-out box. Was the food tasty? Hard to tell...I was too uncomfortable and upset to really taste it. When I reheated it the next day (it was a burrito), it was ok, but hardly worth the $7.95 that I paid. The one pancake that came with it was very good though, with a hint of almond flavoring. One odd thing though, which I must mention, was that my pancake arrived on the same small plate as my Mexican burrito. Was I supposed to pour maple syrup on the pancake and not be bothered when it pooled underneath the burrito? That's an odd taste sensation...one that I was saved from experiencing when my husband handed me his bread plate to put the pancake on. (Couldn't Brandy's have put the pancake on a separate plate? I mean, really!!)
I cannot speak as to the quality of the bakery. As we were leaving, I was too busy trying to unkink my back and wake up my numb legs & backside (from sitting on narrow boards which had cut off my circulation) to notice anything but the front door and my impending escape from the worst dining environment I've ever experienced!
In all fairness to Brandy's, the food, at least, was pretty good, so you could always order it to-go and sit out in your car to eat it. (At least your car is comfortable! And quiet!)
In closing, Brandy's managed to make miserable all but one of my five senses. (My taste buds were fairly happy, despite the shocking near-miss of being expected to eat a "maple-syrup-steak-burrito," however, my other senses nearly revolted. Re-read above.)
If you ever ask me if I want to go back there again, my answer will be, "No, unequivocally, NO!"
Five of us dined - I am from Flagstaff and wanted to take some friends on a nice night out. Each persons meal was either overcooked, mushy or just plain bad. The waitress was unconcerned, and brought the chef out who was about 28 years old and attempted to tell us we didn't know what we were taking about. I am 48, I have a clue and I dine out often. This was a pathetic cusine experience. Even their wines aren't the years they tell you. The restroom was clean, which was a plus because we needed it to remove the food from our mouths that we couldn't swallow!
Brandy's decided to open for dinner just over a year ago, and what an excellent idea it was. Chef Sherman is an amazing, creative, and personable culinary master. Everything is made from scratch including White Chocolate Mango Cake!! The service is just as great as the food. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 5-9 pm. You won't be disappointed!!!
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