When people think of a breakfast place they usually think of a greasy diner or an out-dated IHOP restaurant. First Watch Daytime Cafe has started popping up across the country, offering fresh alternatives and twists to the usual egg and pancake menus. With well over 100 outlets in 15 states, First Watch is a breakfast and lunch focused restaurant- each location opens at 7am and closes at 2:30pm.
Chad loves to get French toast- and sure, go to First Watch and you can have French toast- or you can do what he did and order the Floridian French Toast. His Sourdough Bread was toasted with wheat germ, cinnamon sugar and topped with bananas, kiwis and berries. It was delicious. He was also given a side of berry compote that was a great alternative to maple syrup.
I ordered the Market Hash– a small skillet filled with a hash of seasoned potatoes, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, zucchini, onions, red peppers, spinach, melted mozzarella and herbed goat cheese topped with two eggs cooked anyway you choose. I opted for over-easy so I could mix the yolk with all the yummy veggies. Sometimes you just want more than 2 eggs and a side of potatoes.
Weekends are packed. Expect a wait although we got there around 9am on a Saturday morning and our wait was maybe 5 minutes. As we were enjoying our meal however, the lobby was filling up quickly with hungry people waiting for a table.
Besides the breakfast menu (which also includes Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles and Omelets) they also serve a lunch menu with items like sandwiches, salads and soup. The lunch menu isn’t very big either and not as creative as the choices offered at breakfast, but still a nice place for a power lunch or a light lunch with a friend.
One of my favorite things also about First Watch is that the water and coffee are brought in pitchers and carafes so you can fill your own cups and not be at the mercy of your busy server.
All in all, First Watch is a great place for breakfast and brunch, and isn’t at all the greasy diner one thinks of when one thinks of breakfast places. There is also an allergens menu as well as plenty of gluten free options to appease about any diner. The only downside is that the menu is a little pricey, however, we joined their Sun eClub program, where we get coupons emailed to us- including a free birthday entrée! You can sign up on their website. Four and a half out of 5 sprouts.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We visited at a later date and again had the Floridian French Toast and the Salmon Frittata special. Both were amazing!