Big box cafe scores points for excellent patty melt
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
I have to admit, I possessed a certain amount of reluctance about having lunch at Peach Valley Cafe off of SW 34th St. Think about it. Peach Valley is positioned in the middle of Gainesville's franchise food world. The big box franchise model is all over Peach Valley Cafe. There is always wall-to-wall customers in this breakfast, lunch, and dinner cafe morning, noon and night.
All hesitation on my part was lifted when I spied the Peach Valley patty melt on their lunchtime menu.
Patty Melts come and go in menu cycles I've noticed. I can't decide if this yummy sandwich is a grilled cheese with a hamburger patty or a hamburger and onions smothered in cheese. Either way, the combination is heart-stopping wonderful! A complete Peach Valley menu can be found at the restaurant web link below this feature.
Peach Valley Cafe makes a very good Patty Melt. Just the right amount of grilled onions, a juicy hamburger patty that is coated, smothered, and drenched in melted cheese, all encased in perfectly toasted bread.
What's not to like? I could eat one of these toasted prizes every day. In fact maybe I should do a week of Patty Melt features. No, how 'bout a month of toasted protein belly bomb beauties?
Peach Valley has their lunch process figured out. They move you to the table, take your order, and have that food in front of you in record time. It's working because there were a lot of heads sticking out over the top of the little lunch cubbies everyone sits in. Well, almost everyone. There was one open table where eight to ten ladies sat across from my cubby and they were having a wonderful time.
You know what? The GLOB Master's not dissing this lunch stop. I was served in a very professional way by Madie who made sure I was going to be a happy customer. I ate my lunch including very tasty French fries and delightful cole slaw – with a hint of pineapple flavoring -- in a systematic way to clean my plate clean except for the last half of my patty melt. While I was gazing at my plate, Madie interrupted me and wanted to know if I wanted a to-go box for remainder of my lunchtime sandwich.
"No," was my reply, "I'm eating it right now."
The Pluses and Minuses of the Peach Valley Cafe:
PVC (+) indicators: Melted cheese, grilled onions, all beef patty, toasted rye bread
PVC (-) indicators: You will find Peach Valley Cafe in the Archer Rd. Restaurant Triangle.
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- Phone Number: 376-1834
- Address: 3275 SW 34th St., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: 34th Street
- Web Site: Peach Valley Cafe
- Latitude: 29.624337
- Longitude: -82.371139
Carol Whitmer Friday, 21 June 2013 11:43 Comment Link
You mentioned 'dinner'. Peach Valley is just for breakfast and lunch. They close at 2:30pm weekdays and stay open all the way to 3:30pm on Sat. and Sun. for Brunching.
Other than that, I have always had a nice lunch when visiting this establishment.
Mindy Edwards Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:40 Comment Link
Personally, my experience with Peach Valley was not that great. I thought the food was quite average and nothing special. Though, I can see Schmidt's point about ecoli, the medium rare hamburger would suit me well and actually made me think twice about going back there. It's not that easy to find a restaurant that doesn't "overcook" their burgers!
Ron Schmidt Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:57 Comment Link
Thanks for the discussion of this restaurant. I have been by it many times, but when it was closed. I have heard the breakfast is divine.
Just one thing. The hamburger in the picture looks a little rare. what with E. coli O157:H7 (and others of similar ilk) lurking,I would caution against serving or consuming hamburger that undercooked. Just a thought
Carmen Moser Thornton Wednesday, 25 August 2010 16:02 Comment Link
Thanks, Mikey for giving my dad props. I will be checking out your blog now that I know about it. People always want to know where to get some good food. I was thinking about him this morning when I was having Eggs Benedict at Peach Valley. They do a very good job there. The eggs were perfectly poached and the Hollandaise was almost as good as my dad's