If you’re craving a new breakfast spot with a laid back vibe and stellar food, First Watch is the place! Next to Bandanas BBQ in Osage Beach (near Wal-Mart), First Watch opened to plenty of fanfare in the summer of 2020. From the classic morning meals cooked to perfection, to healthy-but-hearty afternoon offerings, First Watch has quickly become an ideal spot for breakfast, lunch, or brunch at Lake of the Ozarks.
With an airy, open-concept dining area and outdoor seating, First Watch has a breezy, modern-minimalist feel that works for any occasion, from family breakfast to catching up with friends. Looking for a way to spice up brunch with the gals? Be sure to check out their signature cocktails: all the health benefits of the juice bar options but with an added punch!
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First Watch also has a rotating menu of seasonal options that add an even larger selection to an already robust menu! But be sure to get them while they’re there: the seasonal menu doesn’t last forever (although sometimes a select few items make their way onto the permanent menu).
One of the most astonishingly innovative things at First Watch is the First Watch cookbook. Sold online and at the counter, First Watch’s cookbook reveals the secrets of some of their most popular selections, including the unparalleled Million Dollar Bacon! It’s worth the price, just for that. The gorgeous, glossy, high-quality photos could also have it doubling as a coffee-table book.
But food always tastes better when someone else cooked it! There’s nothing like getting the real thing from First Watch. I dropped in and tried some of First Watch’s signature dishes. Turns out it’s impossible to choose a favorite!
*What To Order At First Watch*
The BLTE (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Egg): The BLTE is a twist on the BLT by adding an over-hard egg, which brings a layer of flavor that elevates the classic BLT to new levels. With the famous First Watch wheat bread, thick-cut but still perfectly soft, the BLTE has a slight crunch of lettuce, thick bacon, monterey-jack cheese and a juicy slice of tomato.
Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl: New to quinoa? First Watch brings out the best in ancient grains with the Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl. With light, airy quinoa topped with grilled chicken and succulent roasted tomatoes, the pleasantly sharp pesto flavor brings the whole dish together. This bowl is not only healthy and delicious but extremely unique; I’ve never had anything like it!
Floridian French Toast: The Floridian French Toast is a simple classic that First Watch has polished to perfection. The brioche bread was hot and perfectly soft and topped with bananas, kiwis and strawberries, that might as well have been picked this morning, as well as cinnamon powered sugar and a side of mixed berry compote. I’m usually picky about French Toast but this one checks all the boxes!
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Traditional Breakfast: The Traditional Breakfast hits all the favorites with two fresh eggs cooked however you like (I recommend sunny side up) along with your choice of bacon, smoked ham, savory chicken sausage, turkey or pork link sausages. I can tell you from experience that the bacon is the perfect thickness to get all of the savory smoky flavor, and not too greasy while not sacrificing flavor. Plus, it comes with a side of First Watch’s famous, thick cut, roasted potatoes that are seasoned to perfection.
Pomegranate Sunrise: Served with a lime in a small glass pitcher to pour into your glass, the Pomegranate Sunrise is a cocktail with more than just flair. The Sunrise brings the tart, pomegranate taste without being “knock you down” harsh and the pomegranate juice pairs perfectly with the Camarena Tequila. With a virgin option available, this drink is a great way to start the day or to start the party!
Morning Meditation: The Morning Meditation looks like sunrise in a glass and tastes nearly as good! With orange, lemon, turmeric, organic ginger, agave nectar and beet, the Meditation packs a serious health punch all while keeping the sweet orange taste in the forefront with a tart undercut of lemon.
Find First Watch at 4325 Osage Beach Pkwy., Osage Beach, MO.
Check out their menu online: https://www.firstwatch.com/menu
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