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Apr 19, 2011 09:45 AM

Mmm... Mexican Sandwich

New "Mexican" Sandwich at Honey Dew Donuts:

Pulled Pork (?)
Chipotle spread (oooh, that's Mexican)
Ciabatta bread (???)

Um.... what?

Oh, and get this: it's a breakfast sandwich.

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  1. I was a bit puzzled at the "Mexican" part. I must say, though, that ethnic accuracy aside, these are pretty tasty grab and go fast food breakfast sandwiches. The Portuguese with linguica is a morning commute guilty pleasure for me.

    1. nothing says breakfast like pulled pork, goes great with coffee and oj

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      1. re: joe777cool

        Well, heck, nothing like cold pizza for breakfast either, now that you mention it. ;-) Put some peppers on it and then we can call it our new Mexican Pizza Breakfast.

        1. re: Alcachofa

          With you on the cold pizza for breakfast.
          A cold curry sandwich makes a surprisingly tasty and nutritious breakfast as well.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            I actually prefer leftover pizza, chinese food, and pasta for breakfast....but bbq pork, from a donut/coffee shop, at 9am, eating in the car on my way into work???? No thanks

        2. I believe it's prepared by Mexicans, so it's technically accurate.

          1. Why don't they call it a "torta" then?

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            1. re: Tripeler

              I would ask, why isn't it remotely Mexican?

            2. So pork sausages are okay for breakfast but not pulled pork?

              I have breakfast at tacquerias once in a while. That stuff wouldn't be half bad on a nice breakfast taco/burrito, but ciabatta? Maybe it's easier to eat and drive with that?

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              1. re: monkeyrotica

                Maybe ciabatta was the closest thing their baker had to a telera.

                1. re: paulj

                  I don't think it would be half bad if they just skipped the lame ciabatta and put everything in a bowl. Kinda like Chipotle's Burrito Bols, which are actually fairly healthy when you dump the fatty burrito wrap, the sour cream, and double the beans.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    I think the point of the post was how ridiculous the whole thing is for a coffee/donut place to be serving along with how "Mexican" it is. Throwing out the ciabatta isnt going to make it any more Mexican or appealing for breakfast imo.

                    1. re: joe777cool

                      This is a New England chain with more than donuts on its menu. Another of their 'international sandwiches' is Portuguese - with a slice of linguica (there are pockets of significant Portuguese-Americans in NE).

                      1. re: paulj

                        Im a native Rhode Islander, and there is a Honey Dew 5 miles from my house. Doesnt change the fact that the sandwich is neither Mexican nor breakfast food.

                        1. re: joe777cool

                          Is it, or one the other sandwiches, any good?

                          1. re: paulj

                            I dont eat that kind of stuff; reheated/microwaved eggs and the other frozen crap they and Dunkin sells sounds, looks, and smells gross. I'll take a bagel or occasional muffin/donut.

                      2. re: joe777cool

                        And yet Starbucks continues to sell the same basic sandwich and is making money hand over fist. Just a matter of time before you can get a similar "international" sandwich with your $8 frozen pumpkin mocchiatto.

                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                          im thinking the $ hand over fist has more to do with those $8 coffees than the awful sandwiches - and the same holds true for Dunkin and Honey Dew. You are right though, these companies are always looking to add to the bottom line no matter how far away from their strengths they stray

                          1. re: joe777cool

                            It's the inevitable mission creep that most coffee chains suffer from: what about the customers who don't want coffee? Give them a baked good, or a sandwich, or a CD. It sorta forces the question: if you don't want coffee, WTF are you doing in a coffee shop in the first place and why would you want a hideous simulacra of a Mexican sandwich? Just loitering with your friends? But I guess that's the mindset behind some restaurants cobbling together a "vegetarian option" that's usually equally hideous.

                            At some point, Starbucks stopped being about grabbing a cup of coffee and started trying to be an American re-interpretation of the European cafe. Over there, you linger over your coffee and people watch in a relaxed environment that allows you to escape from work or home. So you get free wi-fi and a relatively clean environment. I think other coffee chains are trying to get in on the act and are grabbing at straws to market differentiate themselves. Hideous Mexican sandwiches are just the latest attempt.

                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                              How would you make a 'Mexican' sandwich?

                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                  Would a ciabatta work as well as a bolillo?

                        2. re: joe777cool

                          Yes, it was more that there is almost nothing Mexican about the sandwich, but the fact that a donut shop is selling it does add an additional layer of absurdity.