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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.
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!
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.
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 Café is located on Town Center Boulevard near John Young Parkway. This is a local chain that have 5 locations in the area. I have been to 2 other locations and had thought this location would be of the same caliber. In the Hunter’s Creek area, there aren’t too many breakfast places aside from the typical IHOP/Perkins/Cracker Barrel restaurants. I normally am not the biggest fan of breakfast but anyone who knows me, knows I love food.
It’s Saturday morning and boy, is it packed! Luckily, it didn’t take long to get seated. My server introduced himself and then proceeded to tell my friend and I that it’s his first day on his own. Well, that’s not good since it’s quite busy. I look over the menu and if memory serves me right, the Florida Waffle is quite delicious. However true that may be, I’d rather have eggs this time. I ordered the “Eggs Portabella”. What came out wasn’t the “Eggs Portabella” instead, I got the “Portabella Omelet.” I’m 100% certain I said “Eggs Portbella” but I decided to keep my dish, perhaps this will be good.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t really pleased with my dish at all. Flavor-wise, the omelet was fine but the egg itself was overcooked. The home fries tasted like they were parboiled then slightly fried. It was greasy and bland, some pieces burnt. You ever try another bite of something, perhaps thinking it’ll taste better? Yeah, totally didn’t work. I looked around at other guests, the home fries looked the same too. Dull and blah. The rye bread should be fine at least, right? They buttered that bread till it was soggy. I tried some of my friend’s “Banana, Nut and Caramel Waffle.” It was fine, nothing spectacular but a little better than my meal. I felt like the server was trying to avoid checking on us. Or perhaps he was just really busy. All I know is that he was constantly going and avoiding eye contact. I had to flag him down to get a different side item instead of these home fries. What can’t really be messed up? A cup of fruit. My fruit cup consisted of sliced bananas, strawberries, 2 orange slices, blueberries and grapes.
I did not leave here satisfied. The menu items are overpriced and not worth it. I’ll stick to Cracker Barrel for this side of town.