Astounding Sunday Brunch in Phoenix’s Arizona Biltmore
Week #7, of our Top Ten Sunday Brunches of Scottsdale & Phoenix series, found us at Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore.
First impressions at the AAA Four-Diamond Arizona Biltmore (Part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection) are likely to leave you gobsmacked.
Built in 1929, this structure is a living architectural masterpiece, showcasing the groundbreaking influence of America’s most heralded architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Once inside this magnificent structure, the dumbfounded gawking continued as we made our way to the AAA Four-Diamond Wright’s at the Biltmore to enjoy our Sunday Brunch in a stunningly beautiful setting.
As we began to peruse the menu, the first thing we noticed is that the pricing of the Sunday Brunch was quite a value given the historic setting and magnificent offerings.
Week #7 – Sunday Brunch, Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore
The lavish brunch buffet is $25/person and features breakfast favorites, house-made pastries and breads, fruits, cheeses, sushi, gourmet cold-plates like smoked duck/smoked salmon, and a dessert selection that is certain to have you putting in some extra time in the gym.
Furthermore, for an additional $10/person, you can also choose as many items as you like from their small plate entrée selections. These are chef-inspired seasonal items that are beautifully prepared and certain to produce big smiles.
We attended our Sunday Brunch after church, and brought another couple along to enjoy the experience. After sipping on mimosa’s and bloody mary’s, we all headed off to explore the vast array of delicacies available to us on the buffet.
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One of the things first noticeable is that there are no big containers with messy spoons laying about. Every single dish is individually prepared and neatly arranged in perfectly aligned rows inviting not only salivation, but a feast for the eye as well. Plus, the instant you removed one of the small plates, a watchful attendant was immediately present to replace the dish and repair the hole in the presentation. Very impressive, indeed!
Careful not to gorge ourselves at the buffet table, we now turned our attention to the small plate entrées. As we were media types, the chef was determined that the four of us share and sample all of his creations.
We enjoyed Wright Way Benedict (canadian bacon, cranberry compote, sage hollandaise, soft poached egg), House-made Doughnut (maple glaze, crispy bacon), Morning-style Flap Jacks (dried tart cherry, orange butter, vanilla gastric, warm syrup), Organic Chicken (fall spiced, walnut panzanilla, dried figs, parsley, brown butter drizzle), Seasonal Seafood (smoked salmon risotto, capers, chives, pickled onion, poached egg), Breakfast Beef (breakfast taco, char roasted flat iron, pico de gallo, scrambled eggs, local goat cheese), Vegetarian (rosemary polenta, blue cheese, crisp red pepper, parsley).
The benedict was divine. The bacon doughnut was a surprising twist for the palate. All of the dishes were absolutely delightful. However, it was the flap jacks, believe it or not, that was bringing out a chorus of oohs and aahs. The tart cherries, the vanilla gastric, the warm syrup. Holy mouthgasm Batman! I’ll be dreaming about those babies for weeks!
I don’t mean to belabor the point, but those flap jacks had me seriously contemplating a short, little happy-dance right there in the restaurant!
Well, let’s calm down a bit. The staff cleared away the seven small plates, sampling spoons and dishes, and made us ready for dessert. Standing ready with our piping-hot cups of coffee, we made our way back to the buffet table to bring back tasty treats. There was every imaginable delight, but what really caught the attention of the table was Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Pie, and Cinnamon Pumpkin Brulée. Wow!
You’ve probably surmised that we feel Sunday Brunch at Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore is an extraordinary experience. When I polled our table, I found eight thumbs up and big smiles all around.
Note: don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll whisk you off to another exciting and mouthwatering Sunday Brunch experience.
Disclosure: our wonderful Sunday Brunch was provided by the kind folks at Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore. Thanks!