First Watch chain breakfast/lunch eatery feels like Denny’s for hipsters (in a good way) 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
Founded in California in 1983, First Watch: The Daytime Café’s currently headquartered in Florida. This location, along with another on Barnes Road, replaces a former The Egg & I — First Watch’s ownership bought that company in 2015. Had we not known, we might have guessed it was one of the many Denny’s that closed abruptly last June, as the space feels like someone bought a prepackaged “modern rustic hip” interior kit to renovate a Denny’s or Village Inn. But expect less Moons Over My Hammy than an on-special wild mushroom frittata. We get the chickichanga ($10.99), a mix of chicken, chorizo, green chile, cheese, onions, avocado and whipped eggs. We can see but not taste the eggs, but the rest of the filling’s nice, with chorizo playing a subtle but present earthy and spicy role. It’s served with a bright, complex Veracruz (misspelled Vera Cruz on menu) sauce, a Mexican sauce with pleasant caper notes. Side potatoes lack the crisp exterior I enjoy but are soft and pleasantly seasoned. Nicely done. 
Location Details First Watch: The Daytime Café
7816 N. Academy Blvd.
Academy (North)
Colorado Springs, CO
Diner/comfort food


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