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400 eats: First Watch gets Forsyth County hooked on breakfast
First Watch

This article appears in the September issue of  400 Life.

First Watch, the rapidly growing daytime-only restaurant, opened across from The Collection at Forsyth in May and has been a hit with its menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch food.

The Florida-based restaurant offers traditional fare like omelets, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, coffee and herbal teas, but there’s so much more on the menu to explore.

For those still unfamiliar with the trendy spot, here are five things to try:

Avocado toast

Avocado toast has moved beyond cliche to become standard fare. First Watch uses thick-cut whole grain toast to hold smashed avocado seasoned with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and Maldonado sea salt plus two basted eggs on the side. 

The elevated egg sandwich

Elevated indeed. This is a new take on the egg sandwich — an over-easy egg with bacon, Gruyere cheese, smashed avocado, mayo- and lemon-dressed arugula on a brioche bun served with seasoned potatoes.

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First Watch, the rapidly growing daytime-only restaurant, opened across from The Collection at Forsyth in May. - photo by Brian Paglia


One of First Watch’s signature dishes, the chickichanga is comprised of whipped eggs with spicy chicken breast, chorizo, green chilies, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, onions and avocado rolled in a flour tortilla topped with Vera Cruz sauce and sour cream plus fresh fruit and seasoned potatoes on the side.

Chicken avocado chop

Maybe you arrive at First Watch closer to lunch. No problem. They have several salad choices, including this one that combines kale and other organic greens with housemade maple-roasted carrots, all-natural chicken breast, dried cranberries, slivered almonds and shredded Parmesan cheese tossed in a maple-lemon vinaigrette.

Morning meditation

First Watch has a thorough array of beverages, from coffee to herbal tea to fresh juice, but this creation from the restaurant’s juice bar really stands out. 

A combination of orange, lemon, turmeric, ginger agave nectar and beet that creates an amber concoction as pleasing to look at as it is to taste.

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