Thursday, May 19, 2016

REVIEW: First Watch "The Daytime Cafe That's Here to Stay"

Prior to their 5/20/16 opening day, I was given an opportunity to visit a brand new restaurant with an interesting concept. Critically acclaimed First Watch is a restaurant that embraces the idea of creating a variety of award winning menu items from the freshest ingredients. All menu items are cooked to order and let me tell you, my taste buds were completely impressed! They begin each day by slicing fresh fruit and preparing their scratch-made French toast batter. They also offer beverages such as their Sunrise Select coffee, Sparkling Pellegrino,  herbal & fresh brewed teas, milk & a great Juice Bar menu.

First Watch is located in the space previously occupied by The Egg & I which closed a while back. Although their menu consists of a large variety of breakfast and brunch items, they have several lunch options such as sandwiches, salads prepared using an organic blend of mixed greens
and the 2 FOR YOU lunch specials consisting of a 1/2 sandwich, 1/2 salad or a cup of soup.

I decided to bring 2 long time supporters of the Birmingham Restaurant Raider, Jan & Barbara to help me with tasting a few different dishes from their impressive menu.

I tried the Chicken Salad Melt- An open faced sandwich containing all natural white meat chicken salad, blended with apples, raisins & celery served on grilled artisan whole grain bread w/ tomato and a slice of my favorite cheese, Monterey Jack.

From the Omelet menu, Jan ordered The Works- A delicious omelet comprised of cage free eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, onions, fresh diced tomatoes, a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses topped off with a dollop of sour cream.

Barbara had the Roast Beef & Havarti from the sandwich menu- delicious roast beef piled onto Parmesan-crusted sourdough bread finished off with lemon dressed arugula,  Horseradish Havarti, house roasted onions, tomatoes and a side of horseradish sauce.

All three dishes were accompanied by a side of mixed greens with a perfectly blended house made lemon vinaigrette dressing.

We also each tried a cup of their fresh brewed, smooth Sunrise Select coffee.
This would pair well with any of their breakfast and brunch dishes.

If you are looking for a quality meal made with fresh ingredients, stop in to First Watch.
More locations coming soon!

First Watch is located at
4741 Chace Circle
Hoover, AL 35244
Hours : 7:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

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Thanks for reading & sharing!
~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding a Restaurant Near You"

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Each table is stocked with a bowl of liquid coffee creamers in a variety of flavors

A tall glass jug of chilled water and a coffee pot for the table

The Chicken Salad Melt

The Roast Beef & Havarti

The Works Omelet

Fresh Sunrise Select Coffee

Outdoor seating available


Linda said...

The presentations are nice and the food looks delicious.

BirminghamRestaurantRaider said...

Thanks Linda! It was great.