First Watch: The Daytime Cafe

When Ian and I travel, we are all about seeking out the local spots. The folks at the school where Ian was interviewing recommended that we check out the First Watch Cafe, which was conveniently right across the street from the school.

The back of the menu states that: "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. Freshness is never compromised—as we use only the finest ingredients available for the freshest taste possible."

And in the eyes of me and Ian, any restaurant that greets you by placing a large jug 'o coffee on your table (for free!) is a winner.

It turns out that First Watch is actually a franchise that started in California in 1983 and now operates 86 locations in 12 states--including two in PA! (If you are near Cranberry or Settler's Ridge--yeah, you gotta go.) Everything on the menu is made from scratch and they offer a wide variety of low-fat and gluten-free options.

This place was great. I got a DELICIOUS strawberry salad with pecans, onions, and poppyseed dressing. It was a perfect lunch for the blinding Fairfax heat.

Check out their website for the full list of locations! I am the Funky Junkie and I approve this restaurant.

Happy Memorial Day everyone! 


  1. I love that menu description! And it looks like a great way to start the day. YUM!

  2. that salad looks so refreshing. summertime food :) you're having lots of fun lately! love your photos


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