We checked out a new-to-us restaurant here in Venice over the weekend. Peach's is the name.
It's off island in an area that we just are not often near and it's in a shopping plaza to boot. We probably never noticed it becuse on the rare occasion that we actually do drive by it was just one large entity, "shopping plaza", not individual stores. Although, I think the only other store front we ever visited in that plaza was Big Olaf's Ice Cream (which was excellent!). I've blogged about yummy Big Olaf's before. But on that occasion it was a specific trip to visit that one store. We did not investigate the rest of the plaza. Clearly an error on our part.
One day of almost every weekend is a breakfast out day. Weekday breakfasts seem to be very quick and efficient at our house. Tim tends to eat at his desk while he is working. Coffee (always!) and usually some yogurt. Not very interesting but it's enough to fill an empty belly and it's not too messy to eat while working. He claims to not be tired of it yet. Occasionally I will toss a few blueberries or strawberries into the yogurt bowl, but otherwise, just plain boring vanilla yogurt.
I'm usually doing 25 things at once in the morning so if I eat breakfast at all, it's on the run. If I'm really lucky and it's a leftover pizza day, the pizza sits on the kitchen counter and I'll grab a bite as I walk by it throughout the morning as I'm getting other things done. Or perhaps it's breakfast literally as I'm walking or driving to the library to teach (that would be Belvita crackers. Only dry crumbs to contend with) If it's a Pilates morning then breakfast is usually cottage cheese after class and I eat it while I read the newspaper or as I'm returning emails. I read somewhere once that a person should eat protein within a half hour of a work out, hence the cottage cheese.
The point being, breakfast is a sorry affair during the week. Which is why we treat ourselves on the weekend. We kind of have a rotation of various area restaurants that serve breakfast but it's always fun to find a new one to add to the list. As it turns out, Peach's was a delight.
It was larger than I expected, so being seated was not a problem. There was plenty of staff on hand too. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and fun and the place was very clean. Huge points for being clean.
The menu was surprisingly large and there were some specials on the chalkboard right up front. Apparently, they offer a small and different variety of baked goods each day. The muffin choices this weekend were: chocolate chip, blueberry and cinnamon. Tough decisions. They also have one fun and interesting special. That day is was Almond Joy Pancakes! We didn't try it this time 'round but I love that they are creative with their specialty menu!
As it turns out, Peach's is a small local chain now with several stores up and down part of the west coast. The first store opened it's doors in 1985 with the idea to have a homey atmosphere with a freshly made breakfast and lunch menu and that is still the case. The goal was met. From the staff to the food to the menu to the price tag, Peach's hit high marks all the way across. Oddly we had never heard of it before, but now that we have, we will make sure others hear about it too.
Peach's is definitely now part of our weekend breakfast rotation. We will absolutely be back.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.