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Brite's Bites: Breakfast and beer

Four Peaks not just a brewery

 by Tara Brite
 published on Thursday, November 2, 2006


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Kiltlifter, 8th Street Ale and Oatmeal Stout may be why most people head to Four Peaks Brewing Company, but believe it or not, the bar's vast selection of home-brewed beers isn't the best thing it has to offer.

Sure, the Arizona Peach Ale is great, but the French toast is amazing.

That's right, beer connoisseurs, Four Peaks stands for more than just beer. It's great food, too.

Every Sunday, Four Peaks (1349 E. Eighth St.) offers a mouth-watering selection of breakfast foods, including carne adovada and eggs, a breakfast beer-bread sandwich and about six other options from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brunch specials also include $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as screwdrivers and happy-hour-priced beers all day.

I ventured to Four Peaks on Sunday morning with my post-Halloween-party munchies in full gear. I wasn't even sure that the brewery would be open at 10 a.m. but was surprised to find the usually-packed bar littered with a few early drinkers and sports fans watching the big TVs in the back.

When the waitress brought my boyfriend, Shon Zelman, and me a regular menu plus a brunch menu, I was pleasantly surprised, so I ordered the french toast - the only vegetarian option out of the brunch specials.

When my meal came out, I was in shock. I had never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. The four slices of thick Texas toast were sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries.

The meal also came with a variety of quality fresh fruit, including cantaloupe, grapes and watermelon. Each piece of fruit seemed like it was handpicked from the Garden of Eden. It was fresh and perfectly sweet - a vegetarian's dream come true.

Another great surprise was the pile of chopped potatoes and peppers. I'm not a huge fan of peppers on anything, but these potatoes were fantastic. They were cooked until brown on the outside, but soft and warm on the inside. The combination of peppers and whatever spices were used for flavor made these some of the best potatoes I have ever eaten (my mom's mashed potatoes excluded).

I don't know why I was surprised. Four Peaks has always had great food. From the Thai hummus dip to the Mediterranean pizza, I've never been disappointed by anything on the menu.

If you're thinking, "Oh, I'd love to go, but I'm not 21 yet," don't worry. Four Peaks is open to anyone, seven days a week, before 4 p.m.

So now that there are no excuses, go to Four Peaks and enjoy this little-known treat.

Reach the reporter at Tara.Brite@asu.edu.



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