Originally Published: April 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Sweet Potato Café is known throughout the quad-city area for its country-style southern food and casual, friendly dining experience.
Dean "Deano" Herbert, owner of Deano's Sweet Potato Café, said the original Sweet Potato Café opened in 2010. Herbert bought the business himself last year, on Oct. 16. The café is located at 443 Miller Valley Road. Besides the front, parking also can be found in the back.
"We have the highest quality food available," Herbert said. "Our sweet potato pancakes are out of this world. They come with cinnamon honey-butter and syrup. They're one of our signature items."
Soups, biscuits and other menu items are made from scratch right in the kitchen, Herbert said.
"I also cut my own steaks," he added.
Herbert brings a wealth of experience to the Sweet Potato Café, including work as executive chef for a local country club, for a Sedona resort and elsewhere.
"I've always wanted to have my own business and the opportunity presented itself. I couldn't pass it up," Herbert said.
Nearing the first-year mark, he said business couldn't be better. He's already exploring the idea of expanding his offerings to include Friday and Saturday dinner menus.
"We were blessed with a wonderful winter. We've actually been pretty steady, all winter long," Herbert said. "We have a really good crew working here. Everyone really has fun."
Besides their signature sweet potato pancakes, other customer favorites include the biscuits and gravy, and the chicken fried steak meal, which comes with home fries or hash browns, two eggs cooked any style, and toast.
"One of the neat things is, if you don't want toast, you can have toast-sized pancakes, or sweet cakes or a biscuit and gravy," Herbert said.
The café's menu boasts approximately 100 menu choices, which includes salads, breakfast menu items, burgers and sandwiches, soups and chili, and more.
French toast and omelets also are top-sellers. Omelets include the Garden Vegetable, the Big Boy Meat Omelet, Honey Ham and Cheese, a red chili omelet and the popular Some Like It Hot omelet, which features sausage, green chilies, jalapenos, avocado, salsa and jalapeno cheese.
"Our omelets are the biggest in town. They're big and fluffy and loaded with ingredients," Herbert said. "The nice thing about our menu is it's so diversified. We sell as many omelets and skillets as we do cakes and French toast, and chicken-fried steak. You can also have lunch at 7 a.m., but also have breakfast at 2 p.m."
A number of classic hot sandwiches also can be found on the menu, including Reubens, chicken breast, barbecue pork, and other offerings. More unique sandwiches can also be found on the Sweet Potato Café menu, including a chicken-fried steak sandwich, a deep-fried cod fish sandwich, and a garden delight vegetarian sandwich. Cold sandwiches include a roast beef, a country club, a BLTA (with avocado), egg salad sandwich and more.
Call the restaurant at 928-771-2233 for more information or visit them online at www.sweetpotatocafeprescott.com.