FULL “BREAKFAST HOUSE” MENU TO BE SERVED ALL DAY
Favorite Arcadia Neighborhood Coffee House Keeps the Crowd Happy
with Honest Fare and Relaxed Digs
PHOENIX AZ—June 2, 2012—Carmel's on Camelback, named one of the “Best New Restaurants” by Phoenix Magazine, is answering the requests of patrons to expand on its breakfast offerings with a full breakfast and lunch menu served all day. Carmel's (pronounced CAR-mels after the owner's Mom) decidedly anti-slick, relaxed and warm ambiance has earned it a loyal and growing following in Phoenix's lively Arcadia neighborhood. Owner Patrick Flanigan describes Carmel's new Breakfast House menu as “Sunday morning breakfast at Grandma's – straight-up good food served fresh in a place that just feels right.”
- Carmel's has earned its stripes serving up fresh-squeezed orange juice and simple but not basic baked goods fresh daily. Quality ingredients are always a starting point, whether a cup a joe or a brown butter scone is on tap. Now its new Breakfast House menu expands on its offerings with hearty meals served all day, including:
-Warm Croissant Egg & Bacon Sandwich-baked fresh from the oven
-Breakfast Burrito-eggs, crispy bacon and pan browned potatoes wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
-Tartin-a delightful open face poached egg, asparagus, roasted cherry tomato and warm goat cheese
-Sweet Crepes- hand-made crepes with honey and lightly sprinkled with powdered
-Green Egg Omelet-tossed with fresh local herbs and cheddar or Swiss cheeses
-Breakfast Panini-eggs, roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and spinach and Dijon mustard
-French Toast Croissant served with real maple syrup
-Sunrise Special made with fresh local eggs, sautéed vegetables bacon, and toast served with homemade jams
Breakfast is served all day at Carmel's but a few choice lunch items are also offered, including:
-Quiche of the day-freshly baked and straight from the oven with spinach, broccoli and choices of cheese surrounded by a flakey pie crust
-Carmel’s Tuna sandwich-simply delicious and gently tossed with olive oil, sea salt, and balsalmic
-Grilled Cheese sandwich-cheddar cheese, roasted tomatoes on homemade sour dough bread
-Savory Crepes include poached eggs, spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes and goat cheese
-Bacon/Lettuce/Tomato Sandwiches and Anabel's Mixed Green Salad with cranberries, apples, goat cheese and toasted almonds are also popular lunch favorites.
Carmel's is not straying too far from its roots. Flanigan takes coffee seriously so patrons can still expect the best brew in town. Baristas go through training at Carmel's so the coffee is always pitch perfect. Those who don't have time for a leisurely breakfast will still feel at home hanging out at Carmel's. Regulars prefer to perch at the counter where they can watch the shop's lively action and its talented Baristas at work. In addition to its famed joe, fresh-squeezed juices, iced toddies and hot chocolate drinks are served up and Carmel's warm-from-the-oven baked goods like muffins, chocolate chip cookies and brown butter scones from a secret family recipe keep stomachs and noses feeling the love. For an extra bit of sweetness, Carmel's serves up an old-fashioned Root Beer Float with Vanilla Ice Cream and real Whipped Cream, and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich is making new childhood memories every day. It starts with two of Carmel's freshly baked and loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies stuffed with creamy, dreamy vanilla ice cream and ends with sticky fingers and big smiles.
Take a repurposed 1940's house, cool it up with some vintage, mid-century modern décor and then add a heavy waft of homemade croissants fresh out of the oven and you get the full picture of why Carmel's is Arcadia's favorite gathering spot. Locals will tell you to find Carmel's by looking for the old VW van that sits outside the eatery and serves as both sign and a hint of its quirkiness. Carmel's relaxed and cool atmosphere offers a clear invitation to hang-out with friends, shoot the breeze, or just to sit at the counter and enjoy straight-up deliciously simple baked goods like Grandma made.
Inside the cozy, urban vintage coffee/breakfast house a long wood counter is clad with natural vintage woods and seating is a mix of brown leather booths and old "schoolhouse" natural wood chairs. Two sit-down counters with comfortable leather high top chairs are the perfect vantage points for people watching or laptop work. Exposed ceiling rafters and a stained natural concrete floor infuse Carmel’s with a slight industrial edge. And the work of local artists and a mix of vintage signage injects the space with energy, warmth and a sense of community. Outdoor seating is available in both the front of the shop and the back outdoor garden patio that affords views of Camelback Mountain.
Locally owned and family operated, Carmel’s on Camelback is owned by Patrick Flanigan. It is located at 44th St. and Camelback and the address is 4233 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, Ariz. It is open 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information call 480.626.0020 or visit www.carmelscoffee.com
Now Open--Carmel's Coffee & Bakery
Anyone who follows us on Twitter knows that Tyda found the best waffle ever made at a pretentious little café called Chestnut Lane. Well, Chestnut Lane closed a few months ago, taking with it (sadly) that waffle but (happily) the real housewives of Paradise Valley who hung out there. The groovy little standalone building at 44th & Camelback now has a new lease on life (literally, someone signed a lease) as Carmel’s Coffee & Bakery.
The owner, Pat Flanigan, spent years to make a design TV show called Desert Lifestyles TV. Funny how things work out. Flanagan always wanted to own a coffeebar and all those years around design apparently gave him the ability to make the most of the space that would house his real dream–barrista-ing. He removed the ceiling tiles and exposed the wood beams; took a middle wall down, opening the space up for better flow; created levels of seating that now include a bar, community table, and room for groups or two-tops; and, perhaps the simplest fix, put on some good music. The space is downright comfortable to be in and the bean comes from local roaster, Cartel Coffee Lab, so the kick is good.
But best of all, the place has got soul. Clapton was strumming away on the speakers when we walked in. Some of Flanagan’s first dollar bills are framed by cream and sugar station. There’s quirky touches like paintings on the steps (see below). And a picture Carmel’s namesake, his late mother, hangs by the door.
Everything in the place comes secondhand, whether it’s the spare wood previously used as wall framing that now lines the bar, chairs picked up from an old high school, or banquet seats scored for under $10 each. It’s open from 6am-5pm daily, and serves a small selection of baked goods as well. Stop in soon – this is one to support.
4233 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018