The Scottsdale Waterfront is an upscale community of shops, eateries, and condos reminiscent of Europe. It is a great place for an early-morning run and ideal for a stroll along its landscaped pathways with your doggie companion. After some exercise along the picturesque canal, or shopping at adjacent Scottsdale Fashion Square, you can now stop in for breakfast, brunch, or lunch at the casual-elegant restaurant, Prep & Pastry.

Scottsdale Waterfront

The beautiful Scottsdale Waterfront is the setting for Prep & Pastry. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

A Tucson Favorite Comes to Scottsdale

Led Nathen Ares, the Tucson-based restaurateur behind southern Arizona’s Prep & Pastry, partnered with Chef Kyle Nottingham to launch the original Prep & Pastry six years ago. Their commitment to serving up the “simple breakfast classics, done right” hit the spot with Tucson residents. Ares expanded the Tucson offerings by opening Commoner & Co. and August Rhodes Market.

But the time was right to bring his award-winning fare to the Phoenix area. The Scottsdale Waterfront, known for creative, highly-regarded restaurants, was the perfect place. The ground floor corner of the Broadstone Waterfront building was available for a gathering place featuring excellent, fresh food, paired with an expansive menu of craft cocktails, house-steeped teas, and organic fair-trade coffee drinks.

Prep & Pastry Scottsdale

After a morning stroll along the flower-lined canal and over the bridge, I walked along, peeking in shop windows and checking out restaurant menus. It was Sunday morning and many places were closed. As I reached the corner of Via Soleri, I heard the buzz of voices and looked over to see a lively scene—people cooled by water misters, surrounded by potted greenery, and obviously enjoying a wonderful morning meal. On this corner was Prep & Pastry, easy to find and, I was to find out, easy to enjoy.

Prep & Pastry

The Prep & Pastry interior is elegant yet invites you to relax with a cocktail and enjoy a casual, convivial meal. Photo courtesy: Sophia Molinar

I entered the light-filled indoor-outdoor space and looked up to see a huge chandelier gracing the room, bringing drama to the casual eatery. On the far wall were planters with live green plant arrangements by Atelier de LaFleur reaching to the top of the high wall.

I was greeted and led to a Carrara marble-topped table in sight of the enticing pastry case. In the case were huge, decadent, house-baked pastries. (I heard the selection would change daily.)

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To-die-for pastries are made daily in-house. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Out of the adjoining kitchen paraded hot breakfast dishes and from the bar came a selection of mimosas and colorful craft cocktails. Everything is made to order and I was guaranteed that not even an egg was cracked until the customer placed their order.

Food and Drink

While awed by the décor and friendliness of the wait staff, one does brunch for the food, right? I was intrigued by the creative cocktail selection, so ordered the scrumptious “Prep Up Til The Sunrise.” It's a gorgeous deep red drink with OJ at the base for a sunrise look that was made from house-infused berry tequila, fresh-squeezed orange juice, fresh basil, and blackberry-granita topped off with some fresh blueberries. It tasted as good as it looked… fresh, crisp and so refreshing, but not overly sweet.

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The Prep & Pastry version of a Tequila Sunrise made, especially for morning imbibing. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

As I sipped on my cocktail and enjoyed watching the colorful, large mimosas being delivered to the table next to me—they have a selection of 12!

Mimosas and cocktails at Prep & Pastry

You can select hand-crafted cocktails or choose one of 12 mimosas at Prep & Pastry. Photo courtesy Prep & Pastry

So for the entrée, I kept with the fresh, healthy, and colorful trend I had going and went for the “Return of the MAC.” It featured scrambled egg whites, spinach, mushroom, Poblano pepper, and veggie sausage garnished with huge slices of avocado, a side of herbed and sliced tomatoes, and a little bowl of acai yogurt topped with granola. Some sliced strawberries and fresh blueberries were added in for good measure.

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Freshly prepared and a delicious start to the day. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

This fresh dish left me feeling rather healthy as I vowed to return and try something a bit more decadent—like the Cast Iron Duck Confit!

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Looking forward to the skillet-prepared duck confit on my next visit. Photo courtesy of Prep & Pastry

As I was leaving, I stopped to admire a cute young boy who was making his way to his parents’ table proudly toting an absolutely huge cream-topped cinnamon muffin. Kids and dogs are welcome at Prep & Pastry as there’s plenty of outdoor seating.

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He may not eat it all but he's going to enjoy trying! Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

When You Go to Prep & Pastry

Prep & Pastry is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located next to Scottsdale Fashion Square (free parking) at 7025 E. Via Soleri Dr. Phone: 480-477-1502. Find more about great things to do in Arizona from our Wander writers. Be sure to check out Experience Scottsdale for more great things to do in Scottsdale.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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