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Best Fast Food Chain Breakfast Item

Does anyone have favorite nominees in this category. For my part, I really like Jack in the Box's breakfast ciabatta.

I've never found anything decent at Carl's Jr. or Burger King (is there anything I'm missing). As for McD's, the egg mcmuffin would be okay if only they could leave the egg yolk a little less well done (I know, fat chance).

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  1. Any biscuit sandwhich from Bojangles. My regular is a sausage egg & cheese biscuit.
    Any biscuit sandwhich from Hardee's, same fave there.

    They are always fresh & never have that microwaved feel that McD's & BK have.

    Avoid the breakfast nugget things at Wendy's they are like fried vomit nuggets.

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    1. re: RaleighRocker

      Well I don't eat pork so that cuts out about 50% of most breakfast items,what is the obsession with pork?Impossible to find a non-pork breakfast almost anywhere but Jack in the Box accommodates nicely by letting you get a big cheeseburger with an egg or two on it and a slice of tomato and for me thats the best breakfast sandwich.Now what restaurant are you getting all that for 2$'s?not many.Ideally I'd like some basil oregano and fennel seed on this burger.Maybe I'll start keeping a mix in my car for breakfast time.

    2. On the rare occasions I eat a fast food breakfast, I go for McDonalds pancakes. I rarely eat meat and a greasy breakfast sandwich doesn't appeal to me anyway.
      I wish the FF places would evolve their breakfast menus to include healthier, less grease and fat-laden options.
      That being said, if I have to eat a Burger King breakfast, my guilty pleasure is the French Toast Sticks. But that is about once every couple of years.

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      1. re: swissgirl

        I have to own up to liking the French Toast sticks too.As millions of Donut and danish lovers would agree,sweet is good at breakfast and the sticks are just the right amount of sweet.They work well with the sausage,so I often get a sausage biscuit and toss the biscuit.
        Now McD's "hotcakes" are a treat too,but i gave up on buying them years ago when they stopped keeping butter on hand.Honest to God,I used to bring a hunk of butter from home because they only had margarine.Yech.Good thing the McD's was only half a mile away.

        1. re: swissgirl

          See, the funny thing is that even though I pretty much eat as much meat as I can and an Egg Mc Muffin is entrancingly appealing to me, I too would love to have some healthier lighter menu options that are SATISFYING and a good value. I generally have a pretty healthy breakfast at home. I like yogurt, whole grain cereal (especially oatmeal), and fruit. The $1 Yogurt Parfait is not bad, but I kill for some cereal to go with it. And I don't want to gouged either. I typically eat about 12-18 Egg McMuffins a year.

          1. re: renov8r

            Yes, the McDonalds yogurt parfait is very good and relatively healthy. It usually has a good amount of fruit in it and is a good accompaniment to the pancakes.

            Breakfast is an increasingly important and lucrative time of the day for fast food restaurants, what with people rising earlier, commuting long distances and too rushed to eat at home, but without healthier breakfast options, they'll fail to attract the health conscious and yes, probably many female patrons, for morning sales.

            1. re: swissgirl

              The parfait is not that healthy- high fructose corn syrup is one of the main ingredients. Also, before they stopped selling the larger version of it, that size had more calories than a Mc Donald's sundae.

            2. re: renov8r

              Best breakfast sandwich going. And, honestly, not really that bad for you as long as you're not eating them several times a week. I think they go around 300 calories, closer to 250 if you have them hold the cheese. Shockingly, the Canadian bacon is actually fat free. When I'm on a road trip, I'll often get 2 and a large coffee and that'll hold me until dinner. Granted, if I went on more frequent road trips, that wouldn't be a great idea.

          2. they gotta tasty egg croissant bacon breakfast thingy at der wienershnitzel believe
            it or not

            1. Well, I haven't had one in years, but I was always a big fan of McD's bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit! I haven't tried a McGriddle yet, but it looks yummy.


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              1. re: puppymomma

                I'll admit to liking the McGriddle. Sweet, fatty and salty, mmmmm

              2. Steak, egg & cheese bagel from McD's would get my vote. Great hangover food.....ummmmm so I'm told.... ;-D

                1. McD's breakfast burrito / sausage burrito (it answers to both names, and it's mainly scrambled egg) is something I'm fond of, but you need to ask for some little packets of salsa to bring it to life. Their hash browns were something I enjoyed before joining WW. And to round out the breakfast, I get their apple pies @ 2 for $1, and a milk.

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                  1. re: Sharuf

                    Don't let WW stop you. A McD's hash brown is 3 points.

                  2. McD's sausage burrito or sausage biscuit with jelly. Hardees...sausage and gravy biscuit or sausage biscuit with grape jelly. Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit, bacon biscuit or those little sweet yeast rolls with a chicken tender and honey (the name of them escapes me).

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                      1. re: kindofabigdeal

                        The Southern fried chicken biscuit @ McD's is quite good......

                        1. re: ciaogal

                          I agree that it is good, but around here chik-fil-a is very common, and always better.

                    1. I do enjoy the McD's breakfast burritos, as long as I have the "picante" sauce with them. They are super tiny, so you need at least 2.

                      1. BoJangles' has great breakfast biscuits, served all day.
                        Also, Chick-fil-A's breakfast items are good too.

                        1. Braum's is a local chain based out of Oklahoma. They do really good biscuits & gravy.

                          I also like breakfast burritos from Sonic (usually in the afternoon, actually), and McDonald's breakfast burritos and bacon, egg & cheese biscuits.

                          1. Breakfast sammies come and go, but no one beats the classic, Jack in the Box Breakfast Jack. Simply a fresh fried egg, a slice of american cheese, a sliver of fried ham on a squishy white bun. This has been my fave hangover cure, just getting over the flu and/or comfort food for over twenty years and at .99 cents the price is more than right.

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                            1. re: dothepuyallup

                              and you can get one anytime of the day! The only thing I ever eat at Jack in the Box is breakfast and I love them.....do kinda dig the egg rolls too.

                            2. The Chick Fil A chiken biscuit---hands down!!

                              1. Actually Carls Jr. breakfast club sandwich IMHO beats them all it has turkey, ham, bacon, egg and two different slices of cheese on a sourdough bun.

                                1. Starbucks sausage, egg and cheese on an english muffin. Dangerously addictive.

                                  1. We like the biscuits and gravy at Whataburger.

                                    1. I only eat them on road trips but I love the sausage breakfast burritos at McD's, but only with that salsa packet for the extra zip that really makes them good. That, a greasy hashbrown and some OJ and I'm set for the long drive.

                                      When I was living in England I liked the McD's Big Breakfast (scrambled eggs, hash brown, sausage patty and an English muffin). I like it less here in the states since they sub the muffin for one of those biscuits that are just too cottony for my tastes.

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                                      1. re: SarahEats

                                        Me too! (about road trips) There's something fun about cruising down the freeway with all the windows down, chowing on cheap food and, in my case, downing a double size Rockstar. Once I reach my destination, though, I become civilized again. ;)

                                      2. I miss Starbuck's whole grain scone... they were amazing, just perfectly sweet enough.

                                        McDonald's Biscuit. Plain.

                                        1. McDonalds Sausage, egg and cheese muffin. The taste and texture is perfect for me. I don't eat them much, but I have tried breakfast sandwiches from other FF and diners. For whatever reason I like the taste of Mcd sausage patties. A bit of spice to them (not much, just enough for taste). Plus, english muffins are a perfect compliment. Biscuits are too bulky and even worse for you than a muffin.

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                                          1. re: rochfood

                                            Sausage McMuffin w/ Egg has been my favorite for years but it is definitely a guilty pleasure. Their sausage is nicely spiced. Served with two of their hash browns (well done please) and eating ketchup right out of the packets and a Coke makes for an evil treat. I reserve this breakfast only for mornings I'm having a garage sale or going on a road trip.

                                          2. Is it safe to say that somehow FF restaurants have managed to do decent breakfasts? Maybe not calorically... but flavorwise? I'm definitely more likely to get an Egg McMuffin than a quarter pounder.

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                                            1. re: kindofabigdeal

                                              I agree, somehow the food is less (or can be) mysterious in the morning. That reminds me, I thought I had heard or maybe read somewhere (here?) that McD was going to be selling breakfast all day. Anyone?

                                            2. Absolutely the Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit. Too bad I usually crave one on Sundays.

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                                              1. re: Sunshine17

                                                The Hardees Chicken Biscuit (at least on the East Coast) is a heck of a good sandwich as well. I haven't had the opportunity to try one in any sort of close time proximity to a Chick-Fil-A version, though, so I can't compare the two very well in my mind.

                                              2. I love Krystal for breakfast! Lucky Southerners get to have Krystal's Sunrisers (cute little egg & sausage sandwiches) and Scramblers (a cup with layers of eggs & meat & cheese, or biscuit or pancake at the very top). They even have a low-carb Scrambler too! Too bad they're nowhere near the Northeast!

                                                1. you can't get a southern fried chicken biscuit at McD's in Hawaii, but you can get Portugese sausage eggs and rice.... very ono!

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                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                    That reminds me of L&L Hawaiian BBQ theres a dish there called Loco Moco it's rice with two hamburger patties,gravy over that,and two fried eggs on top.It's actually pretty good.I guess it's popular in Hawaii,I live in Seattle and eat it all the time.

                                                    1. re: widehomehi

                                                      Yep, a classic Hawaii breakfast or snack - and I guess L&L is a chain at that (I just don't eat there...LOL). You gotta remember this was a breakfast designed for people who were gonna be out all day working in the pineapple or sugar fields - not sitting in front of a keyboard.

                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                        A good thing to keep in mind regarding nearly all traditional meals

                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                          L&L Is pretty expensive too for the kind of food you get and you could make that at home for way cheaper and if you use fish in the Loco Moco instead of burger patties it would be alot lighter.

                                                          1. re: widehomehi

                                                            Interesting thought widehomehi.... but i have trouble with the fish / brown-gravy combination... maybe chicken.... hummmmm

                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                              Del Taco's Bacon and Egg Quesadilla.....it rocks....