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Feb 2, 2008 02:51 PM

The Perfect Bacon-Egg-and-Cheese...Almost

It has one flaw. It's on... wait for it... a croissant.


It's the perfect sandwich. It's the kind of thing you can get on any street corner in Manhattan. Fried eggs, good bacon (not limp, not crispy) and regular ol' American cheese. But it's on a nasty buttery croissant. And they don't sell hard rolls. Or Kaiser rolls. They do sell bagels, but even I'm not desperate enough to try that.

So get one. And pretend you're not eating it on a croissant.

Crest Donuts
840 The City Dr. S. (corner of Memory/Garden Grove)
Orange, CA 92868

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  1. As a former New Yorker, I know of what you speak. I prefer mine with ham, but the best egg sandwich I've found in LA is at the Brighton Cafe in Beverly Hills. They have the right roll, and a good grill, so the sandwich has the right amount of greasiness. You have to make sure to order it PLAIN or they will put mayo, lettuce and tomato on it (go figure!) Oh, and it's like $7.95, which is criminal, but worth it if what you are craving is an NY-style egg sandwich.

    The Brighton Coffeeshop
    (310) 276-7732
    9660 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: DanaB

      Can it be scrambled eggs? If so then Tops on Walnut in Pasadena makes a great ham or bacon n egg sandwich which I'm sure they would add cheese to if you asked.

      1. re: Fru

        Tops does add cheese to it no problem. It is on toast though. Goldstein's Bagels also make great egg bagel wrap sandwiches with cream cheese inside and cheddar out for a slight variation on the theme

    2. Actually, there is a perfect version of this sandwich. It's at Joan's on Third and it's $9.00! They use Monterey Jack for the cheese, which makes for a surprisingly delicious bite.

      For the record, there is also a very creditable version of this at Jack in the Box. Yes! They serve it on a surprisingly good ciabatta roll and it comes with both bacon and ham. Although the quality of the meat is a little weak, overall it is a very good breakfast sandwich for something like $3.29 that is available virtually everywhere and all day long.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        I'll check it out, but I have to confess that I haven't set foot in that part of LA in nearly a year. I'm always here in OC, or else in the Valley... and when I'm in the Valley, bacon-egg-and-cheese comes with potatoes in a big-ass flour tortilla at Corner Cottage in Burbank. :)

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Have you tried the egg and bacon, ham or sausage at the TK Burgers on 19 th Street in Costa Mesa.
          Only this TK's has the grill and menu. Hold the lettuce and at $3.69 it is a deal.

      2. But a very fresh, large and toasted hot buttery croissant over suffed with egg and cheese with a thin slice of ham (oh, did I mention the Jalapenos?) all for $2.35 is actually a very good version at U S A Donuts & Croissants. If you have some room left after you finish the croissant breakfast then have a french cruller -- also very good, as is the coffee.

        U S A Donuts & Croissants (Crullers, buttermilks bars, croissants, cream cheese filled)
        11629 Lower Azusa Rd Ste A, El Monte, CA, (East of the 605 fwy -- on the NW corner of Peck Rd. )
        (626) 442-6456

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        1. re: JeetJet

          Update. I just had one today from U S A Donuts and want to add that these are on the greasy side. But still, sometimes a greasy breakfast on a flaky buttery croissant hits the spot and for $2.35 it is hard to complain.

          My oldest son and I meet each other often in Orange and grab a bite to eat. That little town has so many good places to eat. Therefore, I will try that one at Crest Donuts soon. Thanks.

          1. re: JeetJet

            Oooohh, and there's one a block from me! they also do good shakes and smoothies, although I always like the extra in the metal cup, and I think they use a blender and don't do that.

          2. BLD version pretty good. They looked at me a little sideways when I asked for ketchup, mustard and mayo. But that's how I like it.

            1. You people like to make life hard for yourselves.... I love Egg Sandwhiches myself... was shocked to learn they aren't that common outside of L.A. & NYC.... you should know by now for this kind of stuff.... its all about the Ghetto Burger joints. I think the best might be at Chavez Pollo & Burgers (Boyle Heights).... the edge is they use Mexican bacon and will add deep fried Jalapenos (just the chile not poppers) upon request (as well as some refried beans... which is actually not bad)... oh yeah & their Papas Rancheras are excellent as a side.

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              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                The thing is the roll. If you're OK with it on toast, then you're right, any ghetto burger joint -- and in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Orange there are HUNDREDS -- will have a great one. But it's about that kaiser roll and NOBODY here uses kaiser rolls. It's like they're banned from being exported west of Pennsylvania, like Yuengling.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  That is interesting... I never saw the Kaiser Roll used around the corner diners in Manhattan... sounds good.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Have you ever tried bringing your own kaiser roll and asking them to prep it for you (I know it sort of defeats the purpose, but...)?

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      We have kaiser rolls available, in the supermarkets. The corner diner equivalents in LA (the so-called ghetto burger joints) don't use these rolls because the cheap, white bread of choice is Mexican bread. Soft, fresh telera is about as close to a kaiser roll as you're going to get at these burger joints. Count your blessings. This is one food item that is reasonably easy to recreate here.

                      1. re: ozzygee

                        Good point... I didn't make the connection, but yeah a number of the Ghetto Burger joints do make breakfast Tortas. Again I am particularly partial to those that use imported Mexican bacon because the flavor & anti-shrinkage is fabulous.