Food Yum: A restaurant that serves grits? Whaaaat?

I’m a breakfast snob. Really, I am. Long gone are the days where I can dine happily at IHOP, Denny’s and the Waffle House. No offense to those guys but I like my breakfast restaurants to be little on the gourmet side. Simply put, if they don’t have goat cheese or feta cheese, they ain’t gourmet enough for me.

I know, I know. But a girl has to have her standards. The Guy introduced me to a fabulous breakfast spot that happened to be just a few minutes away from my house. And check this out…they serve grits!!!! *faints*

I don’t know what it is about some of the breakfast spots in Florida but a lot of them don’t serve grits. That’s just wrong on so many levels. How can you NOT have grits on a breakfast menu? Yeah, I don’t know either. Peach Valley was already on my good side when I saw grits on the menu.

I didn’t even take a peek at the lunch menu as the breakfast menu was captivating enough. Omeletes and pastries, oh my! I usually don’t have to have an appetizer for breakfast when I eat out but I was starvin’ like Marvin. To prevent myself from eating napkins, I decided to order a sack of orchid fresh apple fritters.

They came with Strawberry Yogurt and were deliciously warm and tasty. They weren’t too sweet nor were they super filling, which is great as I didn’t want to fill up TOO much before breakfast. I ordered the California omelete.

That kid came with provolone cheese (which I removed…you know cheese and I have our issues), artichoke hearts, mushrooms and red onion. It came with grits and an english muffin on the side too. Peach Valley doesn’t use water in their grits—instead? Cream. Which made for amaziiiingly delicious grits but not so lactose-intolerant friendly. :( The guy tapped into some nostalgia and had a Smoked Salmon and New York Style bagel.

He hadn’t had it in years and absolutely looooved Peach Valley’s renedition of it. They added eggs to the ‘assemble your own bagel’ platter. And then there was cranberry juice.

Hmm, tangy! Not a bad spot for breakfast. Everything was moderately priced and tasty. The menu was unique and I looooved the fritters. Which, by the way, are complimentary for guests waiting in the lobby. 😉  I’d definitely come back. Peach Valley is located off of Dr. Phillips in Windermere and I hope to see more locations pop up. Nom nom nom!!

  • Kimberly

    LOL. I know what you mean. I live in Virginia and it’s still hard to find restaurants that serve grits. Luckily, both of the Silver Diners near my house have excellent breakfast food AND they serve grits, BUT they don’t make them after 11 am. o_O

    • Brittany

      I don’t understand why more restaurants don’t serve grits. Such a shame. You’re a gal like me….craving grits after noon. HA!!!

  • To paraphrase Chris Rock, “Grits…. ain’t nothing wrong with that!” LMAO

    When you’re in NYC, you have to go to Peaces in Brooklyn. They have a “Grits And…..” menu (Shrimp, Catfish, BBQ, etc.) that I have heard raves about (I am ashamed to say I live blocks away and have never eaten there yet! LOL).

    • Brittany

      Thank youuuu!! Will definitely be checkin’ this out. That SO sounds up my alley.

  • victoria

    Luckily my local Denny’s serves grits, and I’m addicted to Denny’s coffee so I’m set! But yeah, I totally agree, breakfast joints should serve grits!

    • Brittany

      Riiiiight!! Grits are just a way of life.

  • Kia

    If you want goooood grits, make sure you check out Mama Nem’s near Valencia! Everything is ah-mazing, especially the sweet tea! I always try to go whenever I go to O-town.

    • Brittany

      I’ve been to Mama Nems before but never for breakfast. I just moved away from that side of town last week. I lived a good 2 minutes from the restaurant. Guess I’ll be going back. HA!

  • If you’re ever in Wheaton, IL, try Egg’lectic Cafe, the best place for breakfast among Wheaton restaurants.

    • Brittany

      Yummy! Sounds delish!

  • Vonnie

    Too funny, I’m in NC, and I take for granted that you can’t get grits (or sweet tea for that matter) everywhere. What are people eating with their eggs & bacon!? Having to sweeten your own tea for one is tedious with table sugar!

    • Brittany

      I was in NC this past week. Stay tuned for a post on one of my FAVORITE breakfast spots. And guess what? They serve grits!