Summer in Phoenix leaves many looking for an escape from the heat. While I enjoy the warm, dry weather, I relished a slight reprieve in the nearby mountains. Driving up to Prescott Valley, I encountered a few minor rainstorms, and by the time I arrived, I found the temperature had dropped 30 plus degrees. The cloudy, cooler weather made the perfect backdrop for the announcement of the 2nd Annual Desert Hockey Classic Tournament to be held at the beautiful Prescott Valley Event Center, December 30-31, 2016.
It was not easy to narrow down my choice from the wide selection, but I finally chose one of the Early Bird Dinners, which are served Monday and Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, and Wednesday through Saturday 2:00pm until 5:00pm. With the Early Bird Dinner, most items are $7.99, and include your choice of entrée, two of the 15 plus side option, and a roll. I chose Battered Icelandic Cod, sweet potato fries, and their homemade potato soup. The soup was creamy and delicious, with little bits of bacon to add richness to the smooth velvety soup. This was not the thin piece of fish coated in batter that I might expect for such a low price; the Cod was unbelievably thick and flavorful and the battered coating added a wonderful crunchy deliciousness. The sweet potato fries were crispy and hot, and provided a wonderful accompaniment to the meal. But the roll was not the standard side item; it was a delicious hot from the oven treat.
My companions chose the cheeseburger and fries, and a home-style turkey dinner with traditional accompaniments of homemade dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Dinner Off The Ice
After the announcement, I looked for a nearby location to try some of Prescott Valley’s dining options. I chose Sally B’s Café, which was less than five minutes away, and located in the unpretentious setting of the Safeway Shopping Center.
As I reviewed the voluminous menu, I was certainly not disappointed. This place truly had everything for those seeking a delicious home-style meal. Want breakfast? No problem, it is served all day. Dieting? Salads, grilled fish, and low carb items are here. A value seeker? Specially priced breakfast, lunch and early dining entrees are all options. Yes, this place has all this, plus multiple sandwich, burger, full entrée and dessert options.
While all of this delicious food did not leave much room for dessert, I couldn’t resist a homemade slice of fresh Strawberry Pie. The crust was light and flakey, and the berries were delicately coated in a syrupy sauce of just the right sweetness. The dessert was topped with a fresh dollop of whipped cream, and provided the perfect ending to a great meal.
Sally B’s Café is located in the Safeway Shopping Center on 7680 East State Route 69 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. They are open Monday and Tuesdays 6:00am – 3:00pm; Wednesday through Saturday 6:00am – 9:00pm; and Sunday 7:00am – 3:00pm.