Breakfast in Northern Virginia may never be the same. First Watch, a Florida-based restaurant chain, recently moved into the Greenbriar Shopping Center in Fairfax. The company, which prides itself on making fresh, healthy food, plans on opening multiple locations in the DC Metro area within the next five years.
"I think First Watch is for everyone, and you can go to (other restaurants) and get frozen pancakes, but you can't get pancakes with fresh, multigrain batter," said regional manager Kyle Krawitz. "My favorite dish is the Via Venetto Omelet —Italian sausage with Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella, herbs, onions and tomatoes."
First Watch was founded in California in 1983, and is headquartered in Bradenton, Fla.
"Fresh food and good service is our standard. Our menu is diverse for all, and we cater to healthy people, and even some who aren't so healthy," said Krawitz. "I promise that you'll want to come here."
The new location is the 101st in the United States, with other local locations in Fairfax, Rockville and Pikesville. The menu includes made-to-order omelets and pancakes. Dishes cost $8-$10, and there are also veggie, gluten-free and allergens' menus.
First Watch, 13027 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, is open 363 days a year (they're closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas). The hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
FYI: Watch out on Sundays. The 240-capacity restaurant has a line out the door, and it can take between 20 and 30 minutes to get a table.