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First Watch – Breakfast and Lunch Diner

This is a unique dining concept for a place that has 24 hour eateries. First Watch opens at 7am and closes promptly at 2.30pm. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch and nothing else.

When we agreed to meet some friends here on our last visit to Orlando we were delighted to find that it is located near one of our favourite home goods stores so were more than happy to give it a try.

We decided to meet at 10am, but were warned that we may have to wait for a table. We arrived at almost the same time and worked our way through the throng of other diners, also waiting for tables…. This place is very popular with the locals, always a good sign, and it seems that Sunday is a favourite day to breakfast out. Having been told we would have approximately a 45 minute delay we wandered outside and found a bench to sit and wait. It was another beautiful day in Orlando so sitting in the sunshine, chatting to friends and waiting for a much praised breakfast wasn’t exactly a hardship.

Our names called, we were shown to our table and presented with the menu’s. Offering an appetizing array of traditional and not-so traditional breakfast items, we looked to our friends for a recommendation.

I decided on the breakfast scramble which was a fresh muffin topped with scrambled eggs loaded with spinach, ham and melted cheese, then topped with hollandaise and served with First Watch Potatoes and fruit. Alan chose the ham and mushroom “sensational skillet” with steaming potatoes, melted bubbly cheese and topped with two eggs all served with a muffin and fresh fruit.

Judging by the silence that ensued during eating everyone enjoyed their meal. I have to say that mine was divine. Absolutely delicious….

Our waitress continually refilled the coffee and there was no rush to get us fed and out for the next guests. We sat and chatted for nearly 2 hours and only when we looked at our watch did we realize we had been hogging the table for so long.

First Watch caters to all tastes and dietary needs with a great choice of not only vegetarian and healthy meals (all calorie counted and fat gram weighed) but also gluten free and low carb options as well.

There are 4 restaurants in the Orlando area as well as another 15 throughout Florida, with plenty of choice along the Gulf Coast. We ate at the Sand Lake Rd restaurant, up near Season’s 52 and Roy’s.

Give it a try if you fancy something a bit different or want to get an early start. Highly recommended.

Market Street Café

Go back to a simpler time when good food and good company were commonplace.
Welcome to the Market Street Café at Celebration in Florida.

Situated at the end of Market Street and looking directly across to the lake, this lovely old fashioned restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in beautiful surroundings.

It is reminiscent of a 50’s diner inside you can even sit up at the soda fountain and watch the food being prepared. There are also booths seating from 2 to 8 diners.

We always try and visit at least once per trip as this place has the best omelets I’ve ever had. They are seriously good, but be warned, they are seriously large too. We have only managed to get here for breakfast or lunch so far so haven’t had the pleasure of sampling the dinner menu yet, but we will.

Sunday morning is our favourite time visit Celebration and take a meander along the main street to peruse the unique and traditional stores. We then treat ourselves to breakfast at the Market Street Café before heading off home.

They also serve home style meatloaf and other American classics “just like Mom used to make” but with their own twist.

If you like pancakes then try theirs, but as is normal in Florida, make sure you are hungry when you order them. I can vouch for the scrummy milkshakes too.

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