Today, I met two friends for lunch (Maria, who does the Get Forked Friday column, and Becky, who owns Volusia Business Insurance, at the new Peach Valley Cafe that has opened in Port Orange. I've never been to the one in Ormond Beach, so I was looking forward to trying something new.
When we arrived at 11:30 it was very busy and there was about a 20 minute wait for a table. I was surprised at how busy it was, with the benches in the foyer all filled up with many people waiting to be seated. When we were seated, we were asked if we wanted apple fritters (they were offering it to every table, so I'm assuming it's a specialty there). One person at our table did want them.
There was really only one vegetarian lunch on the menu beyond a salad, which was a veggie wrap with fries, and so I ordered that. My friends ordered chicken and waffles, and a chicken salad sandwich. I had unsweet tea, one friend had sweet tea, and the other had water.
The tea was good. My wrap was disappointing, to be honest. It was supposed to have a Dijon vinaigrette dressing on it, but there wasn't any dressing at all. It was completely dry. The menu described the wrap as "Grilled marinated portabella mushrooms, baby spinach, tomatoes, avocados, fresh sprouts and carrots served with a Dijon vinaigrette in a spinach and herb wrap." There was no dressing in it, no avocados, and no carrots. Plus, it didn't seem like a spinach and herb wrap at all, it was a plain white wrap. And the grilled portabella mushrooms were cold as if they had been taken out of the refrigerator. The wrap was really just a lot of raw spinach stuffed into a tortilla with a couple of slivers of cold portabella mushroom, tomato, and sprouts. Not something I enjoyed or would ever order again.
One friend that ordered the chicken sandwich saw that when it arrived it was served on a croissant, but the menu description said it was served on toasted wheat bread (she wanted the wheat bread). She sent it back so that it could be corrected. My friends both liked their entree, with both of them giving the food two thumbs up! She also said the apple fritters were good. I didn't try them, but they did look and smell tasty.
My lunch bill with tip was around $15.00. The company was great, the service was good, but the food wasn't something that would bring me back again, unfortunately. The other two ladies liked their food, so I'm sure they will be back!