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I had breakfast somewhere other than the Waffle House on Saturday.

…I’ll give you a couple of minutes to recover…

Better now?

Anyhoo, it was a special occasion, and since dinner on Saturday was out of the question due to a previous engagement, I decided to take you know who out to breakfast for the birthday celebration.

To most people, breakfast out is a treat, to me, a daily occurrence.  And 99.99% of the time I’m at Waffle House.

I’m a breakfast fan, devotee, it’s an ism for me, practically a religion.  So, going to breakfast wasn’t unusual.  Trying someplace new was.

I’m also a creature of habit.

But, it wasn’t all about me, and frankly, I don’t know how that happened, and we went elsewhere.

The choice; something new, The First Watch

The First Watch

The place was pretty, trendy, and decorated in a faux 1960s style.

the restaurant

The service was excellent, James, our server – and when did that change from waiter and waitress to server? – was great, friendly, and attentive.  And very clean cut, as a matter of fact, every one working there looked squeaky clean – a good quality in a restaurant.

The coffee – OK, just OK.

The food, pretty, well presented, and very good.

We tried the Bacon and Onion Hash –

Bacon and onion hash

…and Eggs Benedict Florentine –

Eggs Benedict Florentine


I’m a big eggs Benedict fan, and the avocado, tomato, and spinach – all fresh – were a nice touch.

It was good food.  And I’ll probably go back.

As always, when going anywhere, doing anything, or trying something new, I like to hear the story behind the event, or the place.

The First Watch was started in the early 1980s by a few former US Sailors.  Seems they were always on the ‘first watch’ in the Navy, and the name just worked. They opened several restaurants in California – which explains the early foray into healthier breakfast choices – and expanded.  They had a falling out, went their separate ways and  started First Watch stores in other places:  Ohio, Kansas City, and Florida.

After a few years, things died down, forgiveness came into play, and they reunited all the restaurants under one umbrella, which BTW, is located in Sarasota, Florida.

If there is a First Watch in your area, and you love breakfast out – and who doesn’t? – check them out.

Reasonably priced, breakfast for two was $22.00 before tip, it’s worth at least a try.

For all my Atlanta readers, it’s located at 11720 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

I enjoyed it very much, but I will admit that I was a bit worried when I took my napkin ring off and saw this…

i love you more than bacon


…we all know that’s just not possible!


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