The Bailey Grind in Seaville has all of your pick-me-up needs covered. For a quick health-boost, a caffeine buzz, or those up-late-last-night-pork-roll-egg-and-cheese-on-a-bagel kind of mornings — the Bailey Grind has everything you need to get your day going the right way.

This Christmas will be their third year in business. “We will still get locals that come in for the first time and are shocked they didn’t know we were here before. I’ll just say, well where have you been,” jokes says Michele Bailey, owner operator at The Bailey Grind, adding that those customers quickly become regulars.

With only 12 seats, The Bailey Grind is small but efficient and offers everything you need to fuel your daily grind. They Baileys know a thing or two about how to power your day. This family-run business is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and only closed on major holidays. “I used to work for an airline, which taught me how to wake up early. Besides if I wasn’t cooking for everyone here, I’d probably be doing the same thing at home anyway, ” Bailey says.

Health boost

One of the most popular items on the menu is the Perks Switchel ($3 16-ounces; $3.25 20 ounces), a fermented tea made with organic apple cider vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, whole cinnamon sticks and local honey served over ice. “People come in everyday for the Switchel,” Bailey says. Bailey’s sister gave her the recipe and it has developed an almost, cult-like following. “It’s good for you and it’s not something you will find anywhere else,” Bailey says.

The Bailey Grind also offers fresh made smoothies ($4.75 to $6.25) and juices ($4.75 to $8.25). “All of our juices and smoothies are made to order with fresh fruits and vegetables,” Bailey says. Other healthy breakfast selections include acai bowls and fresh-made, organic steel cut oatmeal.

For a healthy lunch, check out their large selection of fresh-made salads with homemade dressings. “Our kale quinoa salad is one of our most popular dishes,” Bailey says. For the kale quinoa salad (small $5.95; large $7.95), Bailey finely chops kale and serves it on a bed of quinoa with feta, walnuts and cranberries dressed with olive oil and lemon.

If you want a sweet, but want to stay healthy, Bailey makes her own avocado chocolate pudding and date nut rolls.

Caffeine, please

The Bailey Grind serves Harry and Beans, locally roasted, fair trade, organic coffee. “We have flavored syrups available, but we also make our own Bailey pumpkin latte with pumpkin puree, agave and spices,” says Bailey, who also offers a full menu of hot coffee and espresso drinks, as well as iced coffees and Harry and Beans nitro coffee. You can also purchase Harry and Beans coffee by the pound, whole bean or ground.

Comfort food

Occasionally, everyone needs a cheat day or some hearty comfort foods to get you through the week. If it’s a bagel sandwich sort of morning, The Bailey Grind has several options to choose from including tomato, onion, cucumber and cream cheese ($4.50); Lox, cream cheese, tomatoes and capers ($7.50); eggs cheese and meat ($6); eggs, avocado and tomato ($6) and more. The bagels that the Bailey Grind offers are local Hot Bagels. “If we don’t make it here, we get it from someone local,” Bailey says.

When the weather gets cooler, there’s not much that’s more comforting than soup, so Mondays through Fridays The Bailey Grind features a daily homemade soup special. “I never know what I’m going to make, I always decide based on what looks fresh and sounds good that day,” Bailey says. Except Wednesdays. That’s their tomato soup and mega-grilled cheese ($6.95) day. So what makes a grilled cheese “mega?” Bailey uses four different cheeses. She begins with buttered, parmesan-crusted sourdough bread grilled with cheddar, American and smoked Gouda on the inside. The outside of the bread gets a wonderful, golden crunch while the inside opens to a warm, melted, creamy deliciousness.

For sweet treats and pastries, The Bailey Grind offers goods from neighboring bakery Blue Dolphin Sweets. “The blueberry cake from Blue Dolphin Sweets is out of this world, it’s really popular,” Bailey says.

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