Snooze A.m. eatery
2045 E. Camelback Road • snoozeeatery.com
As I stepped through the door of Snooze A.M. Eatery with my three companions, the first surprise was how busy the restaurant was at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. Nevertheless, our wait wasn’t long and we settled into a round booth-like arrangement at the front. The floor plan has ample seating, with round and square booths down the middle and bar seating on one side.
Snooze is the brainchild of brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel. It first opened in Denver in 2006 under the mantra “it only takes a moment to make a difference.” The restaurant looks for ways to give back whenever possible. Its sustainability policy includes reusable kids’ cups, low-flow water fixtures and partnering with the Crayon Initiative to recycle used crayons into new ones that are donated to children’s hospitals.
We started with the obligatory cup of coffee, though I opted for a fresh-pressed orange juice. The smells of bacon and pancakes brought me back to mornings when I was a kid and the smells from the kitchen would lure me out of bed, my stomach already growling before my eyes opened.
Snooze is a classic breakfast joint, friends and families gathering, conversation and music filling the air. The décor reminded me of a 1960s television show, with the Sputnik-like logo plastered on every surface imaginable: the walls, the booths, even the bottom of the coffee cups.
For breakfast, Snooze offers more than 50 items, from sweet to spicy and basic to complex. Snooze also has an a la carte section, encouraging patrons to craft their own custom creations.
I knew from the start that I was going to get something “benedict.” Luckily, Snooze offers a Benny Duo, where the curious or undecided can choose two benedict options. I went with the Classic and the Chile Verde Benedict, which had a bit of heat from the green chile hollandaise.
Each benedict comes with a “circle” of hash browns. It looked almost like a hockey puck of shredded potatoes, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with just enough seasoning.
My compadre chose from the “Like a Feather” section and went with the BRAVOcado Toast. As a first-timer in the realm of healthy breakfast toast, he was skeptical, but in the end, his plate was clean. The thickness of the avocado slices paired well with the yolk of the sunny-side up eggs and the tanginess of the red onion honey jam.
On the other side of the table my friend opted for Juan’s Breakfast Tacos. Served on either corn or flour tortillas, the tacos were piled high with scrambled eggs, hash browns, green chile hollandaise and a smattering of charred jalapenos, which added a zesty heat. The pièce de résistance were the bacon crumbles sprinkled on top, which he said he would put on any dish to bump it up two points.
Of course, it wouldn’t be breakfast without pancakes. We asked our “Snoozer” to surprise us and she did not disappoint. The Cinnamon Roll Pancake was a perfect item to share amongst our party of four. It was more like a rich dessert than a breakfast dish. Topped with a warm, melt-in-your-mouth caramel sauce, candied pecans and embedded with gooey white chocolate chips, it made us feel like we were cheating on our lunches. Insider tip – this pancake, along with the Cin-ful (same thing, topped with bacon) and the Elvis (banana and peanut butter) are secret items, not found on the regular menu.
Snooze also has a couple full beverage menus, including a full-barista setup with locally-sourced coffee. The “morning cocktails” menu is seasonal, and the springtime offerings include several different “bubbles” (Mimosas) and Bloody Marys.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or something light and tasty, Snooze is one place you won’t have to set an alarm for.