Tropical Smoothie Cafe
of 2 reviews
1523 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester, VA - Map
Not big fan. The smoothies are good. The food is not. The sandwiches are very small with very little flavor. Doubt I'll get food from here again.
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at the newly opened Tropical Smoothie Café at 1531 South Pleasant Valley Road, located midway between Jiffy Lube and Roy Rogers. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-9:00 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM.
The phone number is (540) 773-5731. Dine-in and carry-out service are available, along with a drive-up window. The Web site is www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com, and on-line ordering will soon be available. The café is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecafepost. This is a franchised operation and features free WiFi.
The café is the front unit in the building, which also houses 1533, 1535, 1537, and 1539 South Pleasant Valley Road; these spaces are not currently occupied.
All of these have doors along the building’s south side, and the drive-up lane for the Café is along the front. The entrance for 1531 has no vestibule, and the dining area has a single room.
There’s a window along part of the front wall, and also on the entrance side. A bench along the right wall faces three tables for four with chairs; the left wall has three tables with chairs on both sides seating four each. A high rise table in the center has eight stools around it.
The dark vinyl flooring imitates wooden boards; the high ceiling is also dark. An L-shaped counter on the right toward the back has five seats along the front for diners, and surrounds the front part of the kitchen.
The menus are displayed up on the right wall behind the counter. Orders are placed and paid for along the side of the counter, and are brought to your table.
The paper menu is a folded sheet. The Food Section lists Flatbreads, Wraps, Sandwiches, and Salads; Sides are fruit, kale & apple slaw, whole fruit, or chips. The Smoothies Section has Classics, Superfoods, Supercharged, and Indulgent items, along with Supplements and Fresh Add-Ins.
Any Smoothie can be had with a half sandwich or half salad, and a 24 oz. Smoothie can be added to any flatbread, sandwich wrap, or salad. The All Day Breakfast Section includes Wraps and Flatbreads, and there is a Kids Menu. Beverages are not itemized. Smoothies are $2.00 off during Happy Hour, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM.
My daughter ordered a Smoothie & a Half: An Ultimate Club from the Sandwich Menu; ham, turkey, bacon, swiss, parmesan, tomatoes, a romaine spinach blend & chipotle mayo on a ciabatta. Her Smoothie was Blueberry Bliss: blueberries, strawberries, & banana. The straw did not have the spoon she expected to find on the end.
My order was from the Wraps Menu: It was Thai Chicken: grilled chicken, wontons, carrots, sesame seeds, romaine, cilantro, scallions, & thai peanut dressing in a toasted flour tortilla, with a banana as a whole fruit side, and Coca Cola as my beverage.
There was no beverage dispenser; you fish your canned or bottled beverage from an oval tub of ice on the counter. The sides are on a wooden rack further back along the counter; the choice of whole fruit was bananas or oranges on the top shelf, with chips on the several lower shelves.
The staff wears gray tees and either dark trousers or shorts. Most of the patrons were there for carry-out orders, so there was ample seating for those dining in.
The food was good enough, but the main attraction was, of course, the Smoothies, something I’ll have to admit that I have never tried. I rate the restaurant as satisfactory, but am not likely to eat there very often.
This is Winchester’s second Tropical Smoothie Café; the first one is located in the Rutherford Crossing Shopping Center on Route 11 north of Winchester. I ate there once in 2010, and it was a little more sophisticated than this one in that it had a drink dispenser instead of a tub of ice for beverages.