First Watch

First Watch is a chain of restaurants that serves breakfast and lunch only. They have multiple locations in the US, mainly in the eastern half of the country plus a couple in Arizona. They boast of fresh ingredients and state they do not use heat lamps or deep fryers. Their online menu is easy to follow and gives nutrition information for each item. If you order coffee you get a pot to keep at your table. They also provide complimentary newspapers and WiFi. I’ve found First Watch to have a relaxed, casual atmosphere with quick service even when crowded.

I’ve been to First Watch for lunch a couple of times and have gotten two very good sandwiches. The first is the Veggie Burger, which is made out of brown rice, sweet peppers, onions, carrots and mushrooms. For toppings I had the avocado, lettuce and tomato (no onion or Santa Fe Sauce which is a creamy high fat sauce ). The burger is served on a grilled whole wheat bun – next time I would ask to hold the butter on the bun, I didn’t think about it at the time. All sandwiches come with a side of dressed greens (I’ve had these before and recommend them), hot soup or, at least at the site I visited, a cup of fresh fruit.

Veggie Burger (order with no Santa Fe sauce and no butter)

Veggie Burger (order with no Santa Fe sauce and no butter)

The other lunch item I’ve ordered is the Not Guilty Your Honor wrap, which is a wheat tortilla filled with house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, spinach, and cucumber (order with no feta cheese). It comes with a side of hummus, as well as one of the sides I mentioned above.

Not Guilty Your Honor (no feta cheese)

Not Guilty Your Honor (no feta cheese) – this was with butternut squash soup (has dairy)

Both of these sandwiches are great options for a plant-strong lunch and taste good too. I have not tried the Veggie Grill yet which has roasted Crimini mushrooms, zucchini and spinach (order without mayo, butter or cheese). The salads are pretty meat and cheese heavy. For breakfast, they have a house made granola and cranberry nut oatmeal. They also serve a couple quinoa bowls – these have chicken in them, but you might be able to make your own creation. All pancakes and waffles are made with milk and eggs.

Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible  5=Excellent)

Ambiance: 3        Service: 5             Choices: 3           Taste: 5                Overall: 4

Similar to: Peach Valley Café

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3 Responses to First Watch

  1. Pingback: Peach Valley Café | Veg Out To Eat

  2. janet says:

    but the veggie burger has egg

    • Stacey says:

      That’s a bummer! I haven’t been there in a while, perhaps they changed the recipe? I thought I remember asking the waitress about it but perhaps not. At least it’s vegetarian.
      Thanks for clarifying!

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