First Watch to open on 4th Street this summer

Breakfast just got a lot better in downtown St. Pete. Why? Because the super popular “daytime cafe” First Watch is opening on 4th Street North at 1345 4th Street North.

It’ll be 3,300-square-feet of breakfast and brunch glory. The restaurant’s name is a nautical reference to the first work shift aboard a ship, hence why it’s only open 7am-2:30pm.

The team behind the Burg’s downtown First Watch hope to open early this summer, though a specific opening timeline is still TBA.

Why First Watch is worth the early morning

So, while we wait for it to officially open, here are a few menu items to whet your appetite. Or you could always visit the First Watch at Tyrone crossing, located at 4045 North Tyrone Boulevard, or any of its four locations in the city of Tampa.

We couldn’t imagine any meal at First Watch without a plate of million dollar bacon. Four crackling strips of bacon or generously drizzled with maple syrup. Those savory strips are baked with brown sugar, black pepper and cayenne. Crush a few pieces over a platter of scrambled eggs for an unparalleled breakfast medley.

Breakfast tacos take your taste buds to the West Coast

Avocado may be more a meme than a dish at this point, but it’s still delicious all the same, especially when it’s made on thick-cut whole grain toast. The avocado is laid on thick here, too. The smashed avocado spread is topped with lemon and Maldon sea salt for a savory kick.

Want a little taste of the West Coast? The farm stand breakfast tacos are filled with cajun chicken, chorizo and cheddar with house-made pico de gallo. It’s a mild and fitting early morning kick.

Nothing beats a classic stack of pancakes

Listen, when we’re up on a Sunday, all we want is something sweet. Sugar in our coffee, yes. Syrup on our bacon, yes. Pancakes galore, yes. That’s doubly true when it comes to the huge lemon ricotta pancakes. Fresh, whipped ricotta cheese is blended into Fresh Watch’s multigrain batter. The stack is topped with marinated berries and creamy lemon curd.

This is a get for 4th Street North and the downtown area. Visit First Watch’s website to view the whole menu.

What’s your favorite breakfast spot in the Burg? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: