Vegetarian review: First Watch

All this month, Another Food Critic is taking a special look at the vegetarian options on local restaurants’ menus. To learn more, click here. For the original review of First Watch, click here.

First Watch, the Daytime Café, almost doesn’t need another review to explain the place from a vegetarian standpoint; as I mentioned last time, it’s a café with a very strong emphasis on lighter and leaner meals, which have made each location I’ve visited popular with local runners and athletes. Coming at it from a vegetarian perspective, I was amazed at how effortless it is to find something on the menu that didn’t have meat. Of course eggs are sort of borderline vegetarian (As I understand it, eating them sort of depends on the personal preference) but First Watch certainly does them in a healthy way.

The tri-athlete, long one of my favorite items on the menu for its leanness and freshness, is a natural choice for a healthy meal, loaded with sautéed vegetables in an egg white and still coming in at X calories. The pancakes and French toast and other items on the griddle are definitely vegetarian, but they may not be as healthy unless you order a smaller stack, yet still the wheat flour offers much in health benefits. The eggs Benedict are another great option, while the conventional diner might enjoy them topped with sausage gravy or bacon, the vegetarian or healthy food diner can substitute these in for spinach and peppers.

I’m quickly becoming a regular at the local First Watch because the food is so delicious, and I’m glad t o see it does so well in this category, too.

Flavors to try: The griddle items are of course vegetarian in spirit, but if you like healthy foods, there are definitely some good egg creations.

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