Wine Dine and Play: First Watch

First Watch

Carrollwood-Tampa Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Breakfast, Organic
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 2/5
Dined in May 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
**A full article and index glossary of restaurants, wines, recipes and travel for 
Wine Dine and Play are in the pages section above, or by following these links:

First Watch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Executive Chef:
Chef Shane Schaibly

The First Watch restaurant group now has 12 locations in the Tampa Bay area from Palm Harbor to Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Riverview, St Petersburg, Dunedin, and Largo. They continue with their time-honored concepts and core values to offer healthy breakfast and brunch selections from sustainable and organic sources. Also when possible, they offer locally sourced items as well. They also adhere to the policy that all products are from sources that are not GMO’s or meats that do not have antibiotic steroids in their system.

As the previous visit, we were offered a pot of their Sunrise Select Premium Blend® coffee while we looked over the menu. To my knowledge no new items were available, but based on our last list and the choices they had, it did not damper the total selection. My wife had the elevated egg sandwich which came with fresh over-easy cage-free fried egg, bacon, gruyere cheese, fresh smashed avocado, mayonnaise, and lemon dressed arugula on a brioche bun. The dish was served with fresh seasoned potatoes. The flavors of the gruyere and bacon were splendid, especially with the kick of acid from the lemon juice.

My selection was the skillet hash which came with two cage-free eggs which you can order any style you wish (I chose over-medium), which sit on top of some seasoned potatoes, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, diced zucchini, lightly sautéed shallots, red bell peppers, baby spinach, and melted mozzarella along with some herbed goat cheese. The dish also came with a side of whole grain artisan toast.

Both selections were very good, but they did not beat my wife's selection from our previous visit of the Chickichanga® from the filled with whipped eggs, spicy all-natural white-meat chicken, chorizo sausage, green chilies, onions, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese along with avocado rolled in a flour tortilla. My god that was good. One thing we did order again, which I believe to be the best highlight of their menu was the side of Millionaire bacon. The three strips are cooked down with natural maple syrup - no preservatives for a fantastically tasting pork side. 

As last time they impressed, but their score was a little lower this time due to the customer service which was not as attentive as the previous visit. I would take the business into account, but the restaurant had fewer patrons than the previous time. I feel with more attentive service, and recommendations from the service staff like the last visit they will be back up to the 3-star level. For now there rating drops by a few points to the 2-star level.

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Final notes, review basics, and observations:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience. My ratings are the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors with 70 questions based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give First Watch a 2 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants. The first review score was 3 of 5 stars, so they have slipped slightly due to customer service from my last visit.
Scores are detailed in the chart below 

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
2 of 5 Stars: 
78% Rating with a 2 point “wow” bonus
An Extraordinary Dining Experience
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
American, Breakfast

Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Farm to Fork, Gluten Free, Grass Fed, Organic, Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Place for foodies, Modern,, Great brunch, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Private lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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First Watch:
13186 North Dale Mabry
Tampa, Florida

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 813 961 4947
Website contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Daily: Mon-Sun
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Social Media 
Facebook link                

The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.

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Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Highly creative new American molecular gastronomy tasting menus
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Impeccably prepared French fine dining 
Dublin, Ireland
Contemporary, African-French Tasting Journey
Franschhoek, South Africa
French-American Fine Dining
Yountville, Napa, California, USA

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“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)


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