First Watch (Suffolk, VA)

For some, First Watch might not be a diner. It’s an exclusive breakfast and brunch spot, and it’s a chain. I’ve reviewed other chains, including Black Bear DinerThe Metro Diner, and Silver Diner. I decided to include First Watch because I’ve been to many spots with “diner” in the name and are less diner.

First Watch (Suffolk, VA)

First Watch Atmosphere: B

The First Watch is open and modern. If you are looking for an upscale and modern diner, this is it. They have a fairly open floor plan with plenty of seating inside and outside. Both the inside and outside are bright.

Coffee: A

The coffee at First Watch was brewed hot and fresh. First Watch mentions they use specialty “Project Sunrise Coffee,” and it tastes good. Plus, they included a lot of creamer (which, if you know me, you know I love my coffee creamer).

First Watch (Suffolk, VA)

First Watch Food: B

The First Watch menu is fairly large for a restaurant that only serves breakfast and lunch. They have plenty of options, including several types of pancakes, omelets, and sandwiches. You can see the full First Watch menu here.

First Watch (Suffolk, VA) pancakes

I was craving pancakes, so I decided to order the lemon ricotta pancakes. The lemon ricotta pancakes came with fresh, whipped ricotta cheese to a multigrain batter. They are served as a mid-stack of two pancakes topped with marinated berries and creamy lemon curd. They mention the “pancakes are humongous,” but I wouldn’t necessarily say that. Are they more significant than average? Yes, but are they huge…not really. They were good, and I was glad I ordered them. I like lemon flavor and really enjoyed the lemon-flavored curd.

First Watch (Suffolk, VA)

First Watch Service: A

The host at First Watch was pleasant, and the entire staff was nice. Despite there being a relatively long wait, the food was ready quickly. I have no complaints.

First Watch Cost: $

For my pancake and coffee, it was $15. While more expensive for diner food, it wasn’t the most expensive food I’ve had.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back?

I enjoyed First Watch and had a good experience. I think it’s a lovely spot before a race to get pancakes. I want to try other menu options like their power bowls! Everything sounded and looked good. I do appreciate the high-quality ingredients, and there are plenty of locations around the country.

Atmosphere: B

Coffee: A

Food: B

Service: A

Price: $12-20

Overall: A

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Questions for you:

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