First Watch: First try won’t be last

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH —  A new year deserves a fresh start.

First Watch in Breakfast Point Marketplace serves breakfast and lunch, but you can order a salad for breakfast or an omelet for lunch if you like.

On Tuesday morning, I walked into First Watch and was greeted with friendly smiles and warm, yet modern, décor. I could see directly into the kitchen, with ingredients neatly displayed on stainless steel shelves, from Quaker Oats and Hershey’s chocolate syrup to San Pellegrino and Heinz ketchup bottles.

Coffeehouse music played in the background, with brightly-colored paintings of dishes and fruit — strawberries, peaches, pears and cherries — on the walls with natural light shining in through the windows. Although the customers were older couples and friends, at least one of whom was a return guest after her Strawberry Salad special three days earlier, First Watch also has boosters and high-chairs for younger diners.

I had good intentions of ordering from the Healthier Side section on the menu, but couldn’t resist the Bacado omelet, $8.49, with bacon, avocado and Monterey Jack  topped with sour cream and served with a side of salsa that was tangy and refreshing. If you want more kick, a bottle of Cholula is at every table. Everything in moderation, right? With bacon and four slices of avocado, this was worth the indulgence.

“That’s our No. 1 omelet,” said franchisee Brad Dermond, who co-owns Sunrise Foods LLC with his brother, Keith Dermond.

Omelets are served with an English muffin and perfectly-seasoned, fresh potatoes, which are cooked with onions for a mix of tenderness and crunch. For the full menu and nutrition information, visit

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