I’m a huge breakfast sandwich guy. I suppose this is for a couple reasons. First, there is the convenience. During the week, I am always running late in the morning and so whatever breakfast can be had in a portable manner or offered from the window of a drive-thru is usually the go-to option. Second, is the construction itself. I simply love sandwiches and the layering of flavor that occurs when various meats, cheeses and vegetables are stacked upon one another. This is why even if I have more time, say like on a Saturday, I whip up in my own kitchen some of the finest breakfast sandwiches this side of the Mississippi.
So, due to the fact that I am always in a rush, somewhat lazy, and a self-proclaimed sandwich fan, I naturally eat a lot of breakfast sandwiches. What’s even better is the fact that there are now far more places offering breakfast sandwiches than there used to be. Naturally, in my mind then, this plethora of breakfast sandwich offerings has necessitated the addition of a Breakfast Sandwich Review section to my blog. Just when you thought I couldn’t get any pettier. I have.
The logical starting point for a breakfast sandwich review is with the currently undisputed champion of “breakfast sandwiches that can be had via a drive-thru”, the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. The reason we must qualify this is because certainly a better breakfast sandwich can be found in a diner or sit-down restaurant but those will be dealt with at another time. When it comes to “grabbing a sandwich on your way to the office” the Egg McMuffin started this whole thing. In “Forgot About Dre” Dr. Dre reminds all the “savage cats that he was strapped with gats when they were still cuddling the cabbage patch.” Translation: he’s been at this thing a while. The Egg McMuffin is thinking the same thing. The iconic breakfast sandwich.
So let’s quickly review what makes this thing so great. First, there’s the accessibility. You could drive your car blindfolded Ricky Bobby style and chances are you’ll eventually crash into a McDonald’s – they’re simply everywhere. Secondly, there is the price. As of late it seems the Egg McMuffin is a little pricier than it used to be but it also seems that pretty frequently McDonald’s does the whole Buy 1, Get 1 thing or 2 for $2 which evens it out. Thirdly, there is the quantity attribute. You can easily eat 2 Egg McMuffin’s in one sitting which I somehow find endearing. Makes you feel like you accomplished something. At the very least, you accomplished raising your cholesterol.
What sets the Egg McMuffin apart though from almost every other fast-food breakfast sandwich is this little diddy: that’s a real poached egg in there! A toasted english muffin, a perfectly round slice of canadian bacon, a slice of that classic McDonald’s american cheese which is yellower than any other american cheese you’ve ever seen (and the corners always perfectly melt over the edge) and…a real poached egg! None of that folded yellow sheet egg that is in every other McDonald’s breakfast sandwich and in almost every other company’s sandwich as well. The genuine poached egg with the genuine hard-cooked yolk is truly something to write home about (or in this case, blog) and is worth the price of admission. Again, the iconic breakfast sandwich. More to come…