Hawthorn Bistro & Bakery is known for its sandwiches, homemade breads, salads and brick-oven pizzas, but Hawthorn has added something new: a dozen breakfast items, as well as bakery goods, available Wednesday through Sunday.
— The options: You can eat inside the dining room at 50 percent capacity, sit in the outdoor patio or order takeout (curbside pickup if preferred). We took our food home and it was still warm and fresh.
— Breakfast menu: Hawthorn offers four breakfast sandwiches, a handful of toast and egg dishes, yogurt and granola and items off the bakery and bread list, like quiche and croissants. Most are easy items to grab if you’re on the go.
— Our experience: Our Classic breakfast sandwich was excellent, two eggs (your choice), bacon, sliced tomatoes and havarti cheese packed high into a flaky croissant (milk bread and brioche also available). We also picked the Eggs in a Basket Plate with medium-cooked eggs which we paired with milk bread toast (eggs-in-a-hole style), fingerling potatoes, sliced oranges and chopped green apples and bacon (house turkey sausage available).
— Don’t miss: Hawthorn’s staples include two types of quiche — their farm quiche and our choice, the seasonal selection, which changes daily. The quiche here is fantastic, creamy and rich, with tomatoes, caramelized onions from the restaurant’s own Liberty Farms, bacon and cheddar. We also took home a pain au chocolat. Who can resist a chocolate croissant, even at 8 a.m.?.
If you go …
Hawthorn Bistro & Bakery, 1307 N. Monroe St.; 850-354-8275
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
Menu availability: Bakery menu all day to closing; breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday; lunch and bistro menu 11 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday; dinner and pizza 4 to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday; online ordering for delivery weekends only from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Takeout available any time.