First Watch

6 ratings
$ • Cafe
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu

Warning

This is a chain, which typically means a high risk of cross-contact. It may not be possible to dine safely at this establishment.

Safety Rating
2 ratings

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2425 W. State Road 434
Longwood, FL 32779

Most Recent Reviews


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I've eaten here often, almost weekly for 1.5 years now and I feel safe enough here.

Is it perfectly safe for celiacs? No, because they do have bread around and crumbs get into things sometimes.

However, I feel safe enough given that they do make an effort, and are aware of gluten, and have nutrition guides, and procedures.... and I feel some items are safer than others. For example omelets I think are pretty safe.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Very limited gf menu and the risk for c.c is very high. They have gf bread but it toasted in a toaster with all bread products.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went in for brunch hostess said they have very little gf. I said an omelette? She said no so we left.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • None Listed

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout
  • Vegetarian Friendly

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I’ve eaten here a lot for breakfast, and I substitute the toast for fruit, no problems. They pride themselves on the menu for preparing things “off the line” if you notify them of food allergies. Last time, however, I was served my GF omelette with huge pieces of bread laying on top of it. I repeated to the server that I had celiac disease also known as an ALLERGY and that I couldn’t eat what was given to me, I then watched them go back to the kitchen and re-plate the omelette. I had to explain that I would be very sick if I ate that because it had touched bread. They remade it and comped my meal. Pretty unnerving, but perhaps it was just the Altamonte location. I’ll have to be careful now.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Really delicious! Lots of options! Be specific about their potato prep.

Updated 12 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Updated 12 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Symptomatic Celiac

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This is one of my favorite spots in Chattanooga for a safe GF breakfast. Their regular menu doesn’t have items marked GF, but they do have an allergen menu available online (https://fw-nutrition-info.s3.amazonaws.com/allergenguide.pdf). The servers also are knowledgeable and are willing to check with the kitchen for any items I have questions about.

My standard order is the Traditional Breakfast, with scrambled eggs and GF toast. They have a separate dedicated GF toaster. The GF toast is really good! They also allow me to substitute grits or fruit for the bacon/sausage that usually comes with the meal. Their breakfast potatoes are safe and are cooked separately. My plate almost always comes out with a wooden marker that says “allergen” on it, which is such a nice touch and communicates so clearly that the kitchen was aware of my Celiac. I wish more restaurants did that. A few times that it hasn’t come out with the wooden allergen marker, they had run out of the markers and needed to order more, but my meal was still safe when I checked with the kitchen, and I didn’t get sick.

They have an app you can use to join the waitlist before you head to the restaurant. It’s nice to skip the wait when you arrive.

At checkout, you pay your bill near the host stand, and they sell prepackaged GF desserts there. The brownie and the marshmallow bar are both delicious! I usually grab a couple of each and take them home with me.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Dog friendly
  • Good for breakfast
  • Good for brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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I have been here twice in the last 3 weeks. Both times the waitresses were very knowledgeable about what was celiac safe and what was not. Eggs Benedict on GF bread was good. So was the ham and Gruyere was yummy too.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Symptomatic Celiac

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Very busy, but worth the wait. Scanned the QR code to find gf info while I waited. Had Farmhouse Skillet Hash, subbed gf toast. Yum! Waitstaff was very knowledgeable & helpful. I said no toast due to cross contact possibility in the toaster, she quickly reassured me that it would be prepared separately due to my celiac needs. Service was excellent despite the waitress being tripled up. No reaction.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Gluten Intolerant

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I get the traditional breakfast here with the GF toast! No extra charge for the toast either!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Gluten Sensitive

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I ate here today. I asked for a gluten free menu and was given a nutrition menu to download. The menu had gluten or wheat under almost everything because toast or bread was involved. It was impossible to know if any other ingredients had gluten. I was left with the menu to download. Finally I spoke to the manager. He said it was a corporate decision to not mark on the menu what could be made gluten free. There were 2 items that stated gluten free. I asked about a specialty item that was gluten free but had to speak to him to determine this. He did comp my lunch and was cordial. I explained that if a corporation made it that difficult that I would be eating where the menu is marked. They made it too difficult to eat here. I was not glutened. I ordered shrimp and grits. It was a miserable lunch that made me feel like a weirdo for asking to protect my health.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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