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Kitchen can make taste buds dance
By LUNCH BUNCH
Two can eat out for less than $20
Business clerk Vanessa Lang and Regionals copy editor Denise Covert recently ate lunch at Dancing Avocado Kitchen in Daytona Beach.
Q. What was the decor
The ceilings are very high, and the walls are covered with interesting posters and old advertisements — think Cracker Barrel, only hipper. The chairs are multicolored painted wood and we seated ourselves near the door. There’s also a large spot out front to eat and enjoy the view of the river.
Q. How was the service?
The service was incredibly warm and friendly. Our server was very outgoing and had tried nearly everything on the menu, including the day’s specials, and he gave suggestions on what to get and what to add to each dish.
Q. What’s on the?
It’s huge. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, and there are so many ways to customize each dish — by adding veggies, protein or meat substitutes — that it’s almost overwhelming. Nearly everything can be made vegetarian or vegan, but there are still lots of options on the menu for meat-eaters. We made mental lists of things we wanted to try next time, like the hummus dip and the quesadillas.
We started with the tater chunks ($3, with a $3 upcharge for cheese), which is our new favorite dish. Thick chunks of fried potatoes covered with DAK’s special seasoning and fresh herbs, and smothered in yellow and white cheese, the dish was also served with ranch and their homemade blue cheese dressing. We loved the dressing, it was very creamy and tangy. This appetizer was more than enough for several people to share.
Next, we tried a couple of specials. Vanessa had the turkey Reuben ($8.50), made with real carved turkey breast (not sliced deli stuff), sauerkraut and Swiss on marble rye, with Thousand Island dressing on the side. It came with vegetable minestrone that was very thick, hearty and delicious.
Denise had pesto pizza ($7.50), a large whole-wheat pita topped with three cheeses, diced tomatoes, walnut pesto and spring mix. It was light yet filling. The couscous on the side was filled with chunks of zucchini and other vegetables but was a bit bland.
Q. What else did you
We had so many leftovers we needed just about everything boxed to go home. Our server happily took all our dishes away, and returned with our elegantly boxed food, complete with microwave-friendly containers and fresh utensil packets. It was a small touch, but it meant a lot.
Q. What else was there?
There was a juice bar where juices are squeezed to order, and a pantry area where local sauces and dressings are sold. We didn’t check to see if the blue cheese was for sale, but, if so, we’re going back to buy some!
Dancing Avocado Kitchen
ADDRESS: 110 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, next to Jessup’s
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday
MISCELLANEOUS: Major credit cards accepted. The restaurant is handicapped accessible but the nearest handicapped parking is a bit farther down the street.
PHONE: (386) 947-2022
WEB SITE: http://avocadokitchen.net
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