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When in Towson, be sure to stop by First Watch

First Watch, a daytime cafe from Bradenton, Fla., specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch. Customers can choose any item from the menu which ranges from a Veg’d Out omelet, a Santa Fe salad or a chicken salad melt, anytime.

When I visited First Watch, I was impressed with the bright orange and lime green walls, and contemporary decor.  Artificial grass perches on dividers, and modern artwork hangs on the walls. Through a large opening, customers can watch cooks prepare “made to order” meals or dine outside.

I have visited First Watch twice. Initially, I tried their special, the avocado toast with two basted or poached eggs. ($8.49). Avocado blended with sea salt, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil slathered on thickly sliced toasted whole grain bread was rich. The poached eggs were cooked perfectly and spread easily when I cut the yolk with my fork, and they paired well with the avocado. Sea salt and lemon added spice, but the olive oil was hard to detect. The multigrain bread defines the avocado toast and some of their sandwiches. It is crisp with a nutty flavor. I also liked the pineapple cooler ($3.99), pineapple, orange, cucumber, lime and organic ginger. It tasted slightly tart and not too sweet, and left a cucumber and ginger aftertaste.

The following week, my companion and I split the fresh fruit crepes ($7.89) topped with organic low-fat-strawberry yogurt, scattered with pineapple, grape and melon pieces, with homemade granola on the side. The crepes were cold (purposely) with a few sliced strawberries and bananas inside. I thought it needed more fruit. However, the roasted-almond-flavored granola was the best part. Cinnamon-sugar flavored the crepes, and creamy yogurt balanced the fruit’s acidity with the granola adding texture.  A blueberry muffin served with the crepes tasted moist and fresh, and I was pleasantly surprised when the crystallized sugar crunched in my mouth.

I ordered the Lean Machine ($7.79) or cholesterol-free scrambled eggs, a turkey sausage patty, sliced tomatoes and an English muffin. The scrambled eggs were a pale yellow that I suspected were egg whites. The eggs and sausage tasted somewhat bland. Strawberry jam and whipped butter were served with the lightly toasted muffin. The dish was healthy, but plain.

First Watch offers an assortment of herbal teas, coffee, milk, juices, coolers and free refills on Coca-Cola. I enjoyed the iced freshly brewed green tea which was mild and refreshing.

The servers were efficient and pleasant, arriving at the table in less than five minutes and delivering meals in less than 10. Overall, First Watch offered satisfying food at a reasonable price.

First Watch is open 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and is at 2159-D York Road in the Timonium Square Shopping Center. The restaurant offers a nutrition guide, healthy, to-go and children’s menu. Parking is available in the front lot, and reservations are not accepted. They suggest calling ahead for parties of seven or more, and they will try to accommodate. For more information contact them at  (410) 308-3447 or firstwatch.com. All credit cards are accepted.

About the author

Dottie Lopez

Dottie Lopez loves to cook. When her children were young, they would try anything which gave her the opportunity to experiment with home style and gourmet meals. She and her husband dine out weekly and travel to places like the Caribbean, Boca Raton, New Orleans, Boston, New York, and Barcelona collecting recipes on the way. She graduated from Loyola College with an English degree, and recently took a course at Towson University that emphasized writing restaurant reviews. Her professor and classmates reacted favorably to her reviews and encouraged her to write more. Contact the author.