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Prep & Pastry

3073 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ - (520) 326-7737
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/30/2014 5:10:00 AM
From cinnamon rolls at Gus Balon's to green corn waffles at Mother Hubbard's to huevos rancheros at Little Cafe Poca Cosa, Tucson is a formidable breakfast town. The arrival of Prep & Pastry adds one more excellent way to start the day. Located at the back of a little shopping plaza, with seating on a sunny patio or inside a country-French dining room with exposed beams and bare wood tables, this brash little eatery has a menu full of interesting and inventive meals.

The pork belly breakfast sandwich makes me swoon. A fresh artisan roll comes packed with a thick slab of braised pork belly that is like a cross between bacon and a pork chop along with shaved apple, fennel, greens, and an over-easy egg. It is one big dish, more knife-and-fork food than wieldy sandwich. Another fine house specialty, available at lunch as well as breakfast, is duck confit hash: shreds of luxurious meat laced with shallots, spinach, and raisins, crowned with a fried egg and a doot of goat cheese mousse. It is gluten-free, as is sweet potato hash, a rainbow presentation that includes corn, asparagus, mushrooms, and leeks.

The menu offers four kinds of French toast – classic, berry compote, carrot cake, and s'mores – as well as biscuits and gravy, which is sausage and duck fat gravy smothering a vividly herbed cheddar biscuit.

We've yet to eat at Prep & Pastry for lunch, but look forward to the likes of bacon-wrapped meatloaf, a grilled cheese sandwich with mint cashew pesto, and a double-patty bacon Lucy with bacon, gruyere cheese, and egg on a brioche bun.

Note to tipplers: this is a wonderful place to know about if you like to drink before cocktail hour. One whole side of the menu is devoted to interesting adult beverages, including eleven different mimosas, wine, beer, effulgent bloody marys, and sangria by the glass or jar.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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A big piece of braised pork belly delivers maximum piggy succulence in this breakfast sandwich. The pork shares space inside a nice roll with shaved apple, fennel, and an over-easy egg.
"A big piece of braised pork belly delivers maximum piggy succulence in this breakfast sandwich. The pork shares space inside a nice roll with shaved apple, fennel, and an over-easy egg."
Michael Stern





Rich, flaky, and spangled with herbs, the cheddar biscuit is great by itself or as the foundation for a biscuits and gravy plate.
"Rich, flaky, and spangled with herbs, the cheddar biscuit is great by itself or as the foundation for a biscuits and gravy plate."
Michael Stern


Duck confit hash includes fine cottage fried potatoes. The little globe of food at 11 o'clock on the fried egg is creamy goat cheese mousse.
"Duck confit hash includes fine cottage fried potatoes. The little globe of food at 11 o'clock on the fried egg is creamy goat cheese mousse."
Michael Stern


The walls of the French country dining room include colorful words of wisdom.
"The walls of the French country dining room include colorful words of wisdom."
Michael Stern


A great newcomer to the Tucson breakfast scene
"A great newcomer to the Tucson breakfast scene"
Michael Stern


Of course, tea is available any time, but Prep & Pastry offers regular afternoon teas Monday through Friday from 2pm to 4pm. Reservations are advised.
"Of course, tea is available any time, but Prep & Pastry offers regular afternoon teas Monday through Friday from 2pm to 4pm. Reservations are advised."
Michael Stern



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