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First Watch Maitland

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Well, in that case, ya better eat good!  It’s a bit strange for me since I work nights.  Is it technically still breakfast?  Do I count it as dinner for me?  Regardless of what I should classify my meal to be, I aim for it to be a tasty.

Whenever I find myself craving breakfast food after I get off of work, I end up at First Watch in Maitland.  First Watch has been around since 1983 and it’s easy to see why.  I have consistently had great service and consistently good food.  The interior isn’t much to brag about but when I come here, I’m not going for the ambiance.  It’s clean, bright and simple.  No frills.

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First Watch has a breakfast and lunch menu.  Most of the food I’ve ate here has been from the breakfast menu.  One of my favorites is the Florida French Toast.  I love all the fresh fruit on here.  Banana, kiwi, strawberries, what’s not to love?  Yummy sourdough french toast with a delectable very berry compote.  This is definitely a great way to start the day!

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For those not into the sweets for breakfast, I always recommend the Chickichanga.  It’s always great tasting and fun to say.  A flour tortilla filled with eggs, chicken, chorizo sausage, green chilies, Cheddar and Monterey Jack, onions and avocado.  Delicious and hearty!  Topped with Vera Cruz sauce and sour cream.  The taters are good with the Chickichanga.

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Both of these meals aren’t the most healthy items, needless to say.  For those who are more health conscious, there are plenty of options.  Give First Watch a go and start your day off right!

 

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Keke’s Breakfast Cafe Millenia

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Yes, I went back to Keke’s again.  Not long ago, I went to the Keke’s in the Hunter’s Creek location.  I wasn’t too fond of the place, to say the least.  I had been to the Keke’s in the Millenia area over 3 years ago and I remembered having a good experience there.  The Chefettes wanted to hang out and I’m not one to turn down a social outing!  It had been since December since we had gathered together so it was much needed.  The weather had been getting cold and warm, cold and warm (frustratingly so).  I just had gotten off of work and took a power nap before meeting with the ladies.

One thing to make of note with Keke’s is that they will not seat you unless all members of the party are present.  Luckily, I had made it just in time.  This Keke’s location is in front of the Mall of Millenia.  It can be a bit frustrating to get to this location especially when you see the restaurant right in front of you but can’t really move anymore due to traffic.  ARGH!!  For a Tuesday noon, it’s quite packed.  But then again, it’s right in front of Mall of Millenia.  As soon as I walked in, we got seated.  Our server, Priscilla was very pleasant and prompt in taking our orders.  What to order, what to order?  There’s the breakfast menu of course, but it is already noon so perhaps lunch menu?  Naaah…..  Breakfast it is!  Now what to get?  I remembered this first time I came here, I had the Florida waffle and it was just amazing.  I suggested to the ladies we should all get a dish and share.  Hey, what can I say?  I love to try all sorts of stuff.  We ended up settling on the Florida Waffle, Piña Colada Stuffed French Toast, Greek Omelet, Eggs Portabella, and a side of cottage cheese.  I wasn’t terribly hungry but I definitely am always up for food.

KekesFloridaWaffleThe interior had the same paintings as the others, bright warm colors throughout.  Not really much to make a fuss over though.  I get my Florida Waffle and it’s just how I remembered it.  Fresh fruit on top of my waffle, this was just excellent.  It really hit the spot.  Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, yum!

 

 

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I didn’t know what to think about the Piña Colada Stuffed French Toast.  It honestly just sounded too sweet, as far as the pineapple, coconut and cream cheese.  Honestly, this was super delicious.  My only gripe about this dish was the fact it was with Texas toast.  In my opinion, it really seems like the sourdough holds up really well for French toast.  The Texas toast wasn’t bad, mind you, but it did seem a bit much.  One of my friends commented on how dry the bread was.  Overall, this dish gets my seal of approval for flavor.  It definitely wasn’t too sweet at all!

 

KekesEggPortabellaNext, I had the Eggs Portabella.  I’m actually glad one of my friends ordered it, since this is what I originally ordered the last time I was at Keke’s but received the wrong dish instead.  Just look at the color of the home fries, it’s already so much better looking than the home fries I had at the other location.  I’m not trying to gripe but since I had only went to the other location not long ago, the experience is still fresh in my head.  The eggs were served over an English muffin.

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I’m still making my way to the other dishes.  The Greek omelet was decent, nothing amazing but definitely eggs were cooked right.  I could have used a little more feta.  The cottage cheese plate was a very large portion.  It was good.  In totality, I’ve been to Keke’s 4 times now and I think the Millenia location has been the best one so far.  I’ve always had great service here.  The french toasts and pancakes tend to be the better entrees on the menu but you really can’t go wrong with any of the breakfast items here.  I have yet to try the lunch menu, but I’ll definitely return to check it out.

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Cracker Barrel Hunter’s Creek

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It’s Sunday morning and I’m hungry.  As in I need food, NOW!  Hmm…Where to go?  I’m certainly not going to Keke’s.  I may go back one day…in the far distant future.  Well besides the fact that I’ve established where I’m not going to get breakfast, I’m in need of some food in my belly!  Close by, is Cracker Barrel.  Now, I remember my first experience at Cracker Barrel back in August 2004 somewhere in the middle of Alabama.  Boy, have my thoughts on this place changed since then.

Cracker Barrel is a southern food style restaurant with a store in the front.  Rocking chairs everywhere, household gifts inside and nostalgic candy.  If you’ve been to one, it’s pretty much the same thing for all of them.  Not saying that’s a bad thing, at least that ensures consistency.  I’ve always said if  you do something, do it well.  For breakfast, Cracker Barrel hasn’t disappointed me so far.  It was pretty packed inside but my friend and I managed to get seated quickly.  Our server, Sarah was prompt with our order.  I decided to get “Momma’s French Toast Breakfast”.  You can select between various fruit toppings for the French toast or 100% natural syrup.  For those who are into low carb diets, there are low carb options available.  I toyed with the idea of getting a low carb breakfast but nahhh, I’m going for the French toast!  To occupy your time. the table has those wooden peg board games.  Did I mention how nostalgic this place is?

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My food is here! Boy, am I ready!  Four slices of sourdough bread dipped in eggs, topped with peaches and whipped cream.  What’s not to love?  I enjoyed it thoroughly although I do feel 4 slices of french toast is a bit too much to consume.  Especially since I had scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon as well.  Presentation-wise, my eggs didn’t look neat or scrambled really.  More like a haphazard omelet/scrambled egg product.  Hey, it tasted good so I wasn’t going to complain although I did ask for no whipped cream on my French toast.  Oh wells, these are only minor things.  The bacon was right on the money, thick and crispy.  All in all I’m full in a good way, mission accomplished.

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After eating, I like to wander around the store and see what interesting products they have.  Candy, clothes, music, random knickknacks, it’s fun to see.   You’ll find this location in front of the Target on OBT and 417.

 

 

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