Breakfast at First Watch

I met a friend for breakfast at First Watch, The Daytime Cafe in Arvada today.  I had never been there before, but I will definitely go back again.  The name First Watch is a nautical reference to the first work shift aboard ship, which is an appropriate name for the restaurant since First Watch restaurants are only open from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM

First Watch is a restaurant chain throughout the country, that originally started in Pacific Grove, California in 1983, by Ken Pendery and John Sullivan.  They are in 26 states, with about 300 locations and about 6000 employees.  First Watch bought out the Egg and I and Le Peep, two other morning restaurant chains.



The restaurants’ philosophy for serving fresh, in season produce is simple.  “We follow the sun and partner with the best growers possible.  Here at First Watch, we begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised. We don’t use heat lamps or deep fryers — we use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around. When you arrive, we welcome you with a pot — not just a cup — of our Project Sunrise coffee, along with complimentary newspapers and WiFi Internet access.”



My friend Alice and I both enjoyed some delicious breakfast as we got caught up with each other and what’s been going on.

Alice enjoyed the Power Breakfast Quinoa Bowl, made with quinoa, Italian sausage, house roasted crimini mushrooms and tomatoes, kale Parmigiano cheese and eggs.  It looked really good and she thoroughly enjoyed it.


I went for a more traditional breakfast, and opted for the Inspired Italian Omelette, which was loaded with Italian sausage, house roasted tomatoes and peppers, fresh herbs and both Mozzarella and Parmigiano cheese.


We both cleaned our plates, so I guess that tells you we really enjoyed our breakfast, and apparently we were a lot hungrier than we thought.

As I said, there are about 300 First Watch Restaurants located around the country.  You should definitely go and try them out.  You will be very happy you did.  We went to the one in Arvada, Colorado, located at 7450 B West 52 Ave., #200.  You can phone them at (303) 439-2202 or find them online at

Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.





Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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