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Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

So, in a sense of fairness and full disclosure, I start by noting that I am a son of the Jersey Shore. 'round here, folks eat pork roll, egg & cheese sandwiches on hard rolls as a matter of pride. Hell, back in the day, a hard roll filled with a slab of butter was also a properly appropriate breakfast - every diner and convenience store offered 'em.

Now, keep in mind we are a short "crow fly" from the Island of Manhattan where fine bagels can make the morning meal. Places nearby make some solid boiled-baked goodness. Consequently, I do like me some stuff - lox, cream cheese, chicken salad - put on one of them "holey" products as my first meal of the day. A good bagel can be quite moving.

I went to college in central Pennsylvania and discovered scrapple. Man, that's fine stuff when coupled with some cheese on one o' them Philly hoagie rolls.* My wife is originally from Northern North Carolina, so, over time, her family has turned me on to sausage and biscuits. Tasty. tasty, tasty - especially with that gravy. Once upon a time, while goofin' off in Virginia, I discovered country ham and biscuits for breakfast - Hell, that's as*-kickin' good.

So I pose the following question: What is your "ultimate" "breakfast on a bun"? I mean, the Egg McMuffin has been famous for decades, right? A day started with a handheld meal is a thing of beauty. Everyone must have an idea.

For what it's worth, I spose I'd have to pick pork roll, bacon, egg, and American cheese on a hard roll. It, however, to be "just right" needs to be wrapped in foil for the five minutes it takes me to get to the beach and eat There's just somethin' about that last little bitta steam that finishes the magic. A squirt from a package of ketchup is applied just before eating.

*If you've never made a scrapple cheesesteak, I suggest you go get the stuff you need and try it. No matter which meal you try it for.

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  1. - A "10:50 Filet-O-Fish"
    see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7253...

    - A Chinese tsao-bing with youitao (燒餅油條)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      This you post at 7:30? You have a little time to kill, buddy!

      1. re: Veggo

        Scrambled egg done in a crepe size pan then folded twice topped with a slice of chedder on a english muffin with a lot of mayo salt pepper. Something about having enough mayo to get that mouth feel.


    2. Lechon (suckling pig) with chicharron (crispy skin) and habanero sauce, on a crusty bollo roll, under the blue tarp @30th&30th in Playa del Carmen MX. Usually sold out by 10:00. Under 2 bucks, but so good it's worth a plane ticket.

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      1. re: Veggo

        Yeah, I want that. Really, really, want that!

        1. re: Veggo

          A breakfast sandwich on the beach in Playa del Carmen = Paradise

        2. What wouldn't I give for an egg on a roll. Hard roll, fried egg, butter, salt, pepper. No hard rolls in NH.

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          1. re: calliope_nh

            Yummmm.......fried egg,butter,s & p on hard roll like back
            on Eastern LI,NY....NO hard rolls here in Seattle either!

          2. If I'm buying:
            @ Rick Bayless's Xoco they make a Chorizo-Egg Torta sandwich til 10.00 ($7.50) is worth waking up early for. Chicago. Just had one 2 weekends ago.

            City Sandwich's egg sandwich flavored with Portugese bacon and sautéed onions, mozzarella melted over the top. Hells Kitchen.

            Lamb Bacon and Egg at Parish Hall. The highlight of their lamb bacon and egg sandwich is the bacon, which they cure in house. Brooklyn

            Any breakfast sandwich from John's Roast Pork, Philly

            Since I live in NJ, and yes we take pride in breakfast sandwich-I make my own. All the key ingredients reside right here!

            1. I'm not a fan of eggs, but a few slices of bacon on a soft roll that has been grilled in butter then lathered with chunky peanut butter can bring a smile to my face, even that early in the day

              1. <to be "just right" needs to be wrapped in foil for the five minutes > A simple but critical detail, for sure. The steam melds the pork o’ choice with the egg and roll, resulting in something greater than the sum of its parts.

                My favorite sandwich - bacon and one egg scrambled on a buttered roll from the deli - a rare treat for me, but so good.
                I used to spend summer weekends down the shore back in the day, yet I never had a pork roll sandwich. I am going to have to fix this sometime soon.

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                1. re: EM23

                  "I used to spend summer weekends down the shore back in the day, yet I never had a pork roll sandwich. I am going to have to fix this sometime soon."

                  If you get to Monmouth County, please post on the NJ Board and I will be happy to suggest the finest spots.

                2. Sausage patty on a katty head biscuit with a slice of Land o'Lakes 4 cheese Italian blend.

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                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      I covet that sandwich and your beautiful black cat.

                      1. re: EM23

                        Aww, thank you both! ♥ It's a keeper recipe (Cook's Country) and she's totally a keeper cat!

                      2. re: kattyeyes

                        That cat:)! I have a black male a bit smaller than yours:) He is my love.

                      3. I'm a traditionalist from Jersey. Pork roll isn't my favorite breakfast meat though. I want a scrambled egg, crisp bacon and white American cheese on a hard roll.

                        But yeah, butter on a hard roll will do in a pinch.

                        A good bagel just needs cream cheese, nothing else.

                        1. A convenience store Spam musubi, consumed on any Hawaiian beach at sunrise.

                          1. my guilty (and rare) pleasure is a micky d's sausage biscuit with egg.

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                            1. re: wonderwoman

                              My guiltier (also rare, maybe not rare enough) pleasure is their 2-for-1 deal on those babies, plus a hash-browns cake which I split and stuff half in each sandwich. With tax that is a $6.22 breakfast that will definitely last until lunch!

                              1. re: Will Owen

                                the only 2-for-1 deals i see are for the egg mcmuffns, not the biscuits. probably a good thing:)

                                1. re: wonderwoman

                                  Yes, the biscuit 2 for 1 was last year. I think I ate way too many during that promotion. Same for the 2 for $3 filet o'fish during lent.

                                  1. re: wonderwoman

                                    Around here (SoCal) the regular Egg McMuffins aren't 2 for 1, just the sausage and egg. Kinda bad, in a way, since one of those has maybe twice the calories of the Canadian-bacon version … which is why I must treat myself to these so very seldom.

                                    I've never tried a McDonald's biscuit, nor am I tempted to. If I want one of those things I'll go across the street to Carl's Jr. (Hardee's in the rest of the country).

                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                      no hardee's in my neck of the woods, so i have no basis for comparison. but, when i need an infusion of carbs, salt and saturated port fat, the micky d's biscuits are pretty damn good!

                                      1. re: wonderwoman

                                        Same here, but I prefer the starboard fat. ;-)

                                      2. re: Will Owen

                                        I used to get the occasional McDonalds sausage biscuit until I had one from Hardees and I was hooked. There is only one Hardees in my city and it's about a 20 minute drive from my house but worth it; that is one tasty fast food biscuit.

                                        1. re: Pwmfan

                                          i'll have to take your word for it, since it appears there's not a single hardee's in the greater boston area, possibly in the entire commonwealth of massachusetts.

                                2. Subtotal to date: of the 9 who mentioned an animal product in their breakfast sandwich, 8 have included pigs in some form, and Ipsedixit the outlier holds out for breakfast fish at the opening lunch bell.

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                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    I guess I must be an anachronym.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      You can travel in anachronymic time and go before 5 am and get your sandwich before they switch to breakfast menu. Just sayin'.

                                  2. My ultimate is from a small diner I only get to in the summer. It is affectionally called a "Portagee McMuffin". While I often make them at home nothing beats the real deal. I think its english muffin cooked on the grill that make the difference between home and the diner

                                    English muffin
                                    american cheese
                                    thickly slice linguica
                                    fried egg over medium (slightly runny yolk)

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                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                      I make these with Portuguese muffins, like big English muffins but with sweet bread taste! I can buy sliced lingucia about the same diameter as the muffin. These are sooooo good!

                                      1. re: nlgardener

                                        Love masa sovada rolls! Toasted with butter, is there anything better? Ok, maybe Portuguese sweet bread french toast! :)

                                        Nice that you can linguica that size! Around here the grocery stores pretty much only have Gaspar links. I usually have to head down to Fall River or New Bedford to find any others. Not that Gaspars is bad, mind you! Recently our local BJ's had their packaged bite sized linguica links. Talk about your awesome pigs in a blanket!

                                    2. Grew up on Jersey pork roll sandwiches. Now in Georgia and can still get everything but a decent hard roll. Oh man, I sure miss those hard rolls!

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                                      1. re: grampart

                                        Hard rolls have become increasingly harder to find even in the Garden State,

                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          It is my understanding that a hard roll is the same as a Kaiser roll. I'm seeing a business opportunity here.

                                          1. re: EM23

                                            They are not the same. A hard roll is less dense on the inside and has a harder crust. Kaisers may look the same, but, by way of example, it's sorta like comparin' a French bread to an Italian loaf.

                                            Any Jersey around to help me explain this? Otherwise where are my buddies, bagelman (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858081) or The Professor to help (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639861)?

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              Your hard rolls sound pretty much like the German breakfast roll or Brötchen. Damn, I miss those over here, too, and even in Germany it's getting increasingly difficult to get a good one: crunchy golden brown on the outside, fluffy on the inside.

                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                These? http://notalkxjusteat.files.wordpress...
                                                I used "kaiser" as a generic term. I've had both, but I don't think I have ever heard someone ask specifically for a "hard roll" around here - Long Island/ Queens area. We get whatever roll the deli stocks.

                                        2. The ultimate breakfast sandwich: I've had it, and I've had many wonderful ones. The ultimate one is in one place: Food at Fishers Station, in Victor NY.


                                          The key to the ultimate wonder is that the rolls are handmade (actually, almost everything is made from scratch), delicate pillows of yeasty delight, with supernal treatment of the eggs brings it the diadem of the ultimate.

                                          1. For me it is either a Breakfast taco from Mi Madres in Austin, or a torta de tamal on the street in Mexico City, though I do have fond memories of buttered rolls in Jersey.

                                            1. It must be my German coming through, but my favorite breakfast sandwich (besides the also very popular BLT) is a "Strammer Max": slice of toasted bread, topped with cream cheese, smoked ham, sharp cheddar, and a fried egg. That and a glass of skim milk is a bit of a weekend routine.

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                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                That sounds delish, but the skim milk made me giggle (heck, we went full on dairy there, why stop with your beverage!). ;)

                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                  I get it from a local dairy, and it is ridiculously creamy. I used to drink 2% supermarket, and this is better.

                                                  I would never drink regular skim milk, as it tastes like water. Ick.

                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                    Ahhh, nice! Sounds fab! Agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph, too!

                                              2. Does open faced count?

                                                Bagel toasted with cream cheese, sliced onion, tomato and smoked white fish

                                                Other than that, I'm pretty boring as far as breakfast sandwiches go. I usually do bacon or sausage on an english muffin with a fried egg and cheddar cheese.

                                                I do love the bacon sandwich, just lots of bacon on toast.

                                                Of course ham and biscuits is awesome but that is more a lunch food than breakfast here.

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                                                1. re: rasputina

                                                  A second vote here for a bacon/ egg/ cheddar on an English muffin.
                                                  I like the muffin to be crispy and well toasted, the egg runny and the cheddar sharp.

                                                  Bacon or sausage are for weekends. Weekdays, just the egg and cheese are enough morning richness for me. With a big glass of 1/2 OJ and 1/2 water.

                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                    On the white fish trend - pumpernickle bagel, little cream cheese, white fish salad. Maybe tomato if I'm feeling fancy.

                                                    Sigh...this makes me weepy for the US.

                                                  2. I used to open up a small deli @ 5am on the weekends and the most fun we had was coming up with our breakfast.

                                                    My favorite was roast beef sautéed with onions and peppers on a hard roll, topped with a fried egg and muenster cheese. It was incredible

                                                    1. Best breakfast "sandwich"?

                                                      Easy, but some may not consider it a sandwich...although eating something that comes wrapped in bread means sandwich to me.

                                                      Trini Doubles. Doubles is as good a breakfast food as you'll ever find.

                                                      Someone might not find the idea of eating curried chickpeas for breakfast appetizing...but you have no frigging idea what you're missing.


                                                      Give me two doubles and an aloo pie and I'm set until lunch! Slight pepper please. LoL

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                                                      1. re: JayL

                                                        That sounds delicious for any meal. Do you like yours along these lines?


                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                          Yep, and at about $1 US they are cheap, cheap, cheap.

                                                        2. re: JayL

                                                          Two pieces of fried dough with a garlicky chick pea filling? Count me IN.

                                                        3. toss up for me.

                                                          bagel (jalapeño cheddar if available), toasted with a fried egg, bacon, tomato and american cheese. if avocado is available, add it on! with apple juice to drink!

                                                          or toasted everything bagel with a light schmear of cream cheese, lox, tomato, red onion and maybe a couple capers on the side for select bites.

                                                          1. I agree, I can't get hard rolls out west like we had growing up in NE. The rolls here just don't compare, either they are sourdough, which gets tiresome, or the fancy pants ciabatta, Hawaiian sweet rolls or those insipid grocery store hamburger rolls......

                                                            Anyway, if I was back home, I agree with yours, only instead of pork roll, bacon, ham, salami or even fried bologna worked.

                                                            Out here I have to be more creative. We love the open faced toasted English muffin with a fried corned beef hash patty on it and topped with a poached egg. We used to eat those every Sunday for a while. I've also made a fried egg sandwich on a bolillo roll with cheese and leftover carnitas, and lots of hot sauce. That's pretty tasty. Also scrambled eggs with cheese, mushrooms and onions on a toasted pita half. Or there's always my favorite breakfast burrito (one of the few types of burrito I will even eat) with scrambled eggs, chorizo, avocado, tater tots, and cheese, tons of hot sauce, all rolled up in a flour tortilla. That's pretty awesome, and great hangover food. But for the record, I really miss those hard roll egg sandwiches.

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                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                              I hate to tug at your New England heartstrings, but my favorite breakfast sandwich here in my hometown is at O'Rourke's Diner: corned beef hash, egg and cheese on a (you guessed it!) hard roll. They bake 'em right in the diner, too. They'll even bring a bottle of Sriracha if you like it hot.

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                Thanks, thanks a lot! Funny thing is, when I left, 20 odd years ago, they had no idea what sriracha is....... Glad they finally got it back home! Will have to ask the extended fam if they know of O'Rourke's and if they can get sriracha..... ;)

                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                  "[A]nd if they can get sriracha..... ;)"

                                                                  Or a good hot sauce. . . . .

                                                            2. All with meat? I like a 100% whole wheat English muffin, toasted, buttered and spread with Dijon mustard, then filled with an egg scrambled with a big handful of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, and if there's a sweet red pepper around to fry up with the egg, it doesn't hurt.

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                                                              1. re: Querencia

                                                                Not "all with meat", I noted the beauty of the buttered hard roll. Moreover, is Scrapple actually a meat???

                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                  Scrapple is definitely meat.....along with some other stuff.

                                                              2. Is there such a thing any more as a fried egg sandwich? I haven't had one in at least forty years, haven't seen anyone else eat one either. The bread had to be, like, Wonder Bread. The egg had to be fried in a LOT of bacon grease. Fry one side and puncture the egg yolk so it flattens out then flip the egg and fry it until the edges get crispy. It transports enough bacon grease to soak into the bread. Plenty of salt and pepper.

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                                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                                  "40 years" sounds about right. In Boy Scouts, that "Wonder Bread" also got "fried" or toasted in the bacon grease in the iron skillet in the morning campfire. Before the bread went on, we would cut out a square, and a little of the egg in the finished product would drizzle out of that square. Of course, it was fair game to have bacon in this sandwich (I mean, where would the bacon grease come from?).Then, plug the square hole back up with the untoasted Wonder Bread. Ya know, I'm overdue for this taste all over again!

                                                                  1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                    We call those toads in a hole, or egg in a frame. My mom taught me how to make those. Yum.

                                                                  2. re: Querencia

                                                                    Oh, that is some serious comfort food. With mayo, thank you! Best if the egg was really fried with hot bacon fat spooned over the top, so the edges get a little frizzly.

                                                                    1. re: Querencia

                                                                      I've made and eaten a fried egg sandwich, but not in possibly 40 years. I believe that a fresh tomato slice completes the sandwich nicely.

                                                                    2. I'm going to sound like a hillbilly after OP's beautiful description, but to me the only breakfast sandwich was, is, and may always be a McD's sausage egg McMuffin. I don't normally eat breakfast, but 3 or 4 times a year I need to eat one of those things. I never eat a sangwich (my son's pronunciation) for breakfast otherwise.

                                                                      1. Mushrooms & onions sauteed in olive oil, stuffed together with some humus into a really fresh Iraqi pita

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                                                                        1. re: almond tree

                                                                          No matter how long I live in Jerusalem, I will never be able to associate hummus with breakfast. But then I also always associate hummus to be followed by a nap which isn't what I'm looking for most mornings.

                                                                        2. Two come immediately to mind:

                                                                          1. Scrambled eggs and butter on white bread.

                                                                          2. Fried eggs, over well and broken with bacon and butter on a hard roll.


                                                                          1. I like a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches. If I'm making it, my most frequent preps are (1) breakfast burrito w/ beans, scrambled egg, green onions, jalapenos, maybe some crumbled bacon or lengua, and a little crema; or (2) everything bagel, toasted, with cream cheese, smoked salmon, thinly sliced red onion, and capers.

                                                                            1. lately, it's been pretty simple: a whole wheat wrap fillef with scrambled eggs with plenty of hot sauce both on and to dip

                                                                              1. breakfast burrito: eggs, hash browns, polish sausage, cheese, hot sauce on a flour tortilla

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                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                    what?!?! are you prejudiced against flat breads?

                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                      Well, my original concept was based on the idea that "[a] day started with a handheld meal is a thing of beauty." Burrito are fine by me. Moreover, anything with kielbalsa in it has to be kinda good, no?

                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                        Would, then, a donut constitute a "breakfast sandwich" as well?

                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                          A good plain donut, sliced open, toasted gently, spread with pimento cheese, and layered with grilled Scapple (or Spam, or ham, or bacon, or pork roll, or sausage, even), would be awesome. Whenever some thievin' chef stumbles across this idea for some brunch in the Northern Liberites or Brooklyn, all I ask is that you call it the ipseZ when you serve it.

                                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                                            I think a good plain donut is a very very underrated and under appreciated thing of beauty.

                                                                                            In many ways, a plain donut is the prefect accompaniment to a good cup of coffee, or better yet espresso.

                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                              "In many ways, a plain donut is the prefect accompaniment to a good cup of coffee, or better yet espresso."

                                                                                              I offer no disagreement. I merely submit that they could be the foundation for a terrific breakfast.

                                                                                            2. re: MGZ

                                                                                              I've seen them make burgers using a split Krispy Kreme donut. I bet an egg sandwich with a griddled KK donut would be awesome......might have to try that some day.....

                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                I would like one with a fried egg, cheddar and a sausage patty. Now that sounds good

                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                  I've done a version of "Toad in the Hole" with a plain Dunkin Donuts donut. Family loved it!

                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                    The yeast raised/glazed one? I bet that was really tasty....

                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                      Actually did it with the unglazed cake one...

                                                                                            3. re: MGZ

                                                                                              There's a place in my town that has recently added the "Jersey Burrito" to their breakfast menu. It consists of 2 eggs, sweet potato/pork roll has, and cheese. I have not tried it yet, but that sounds like a fine breakfast sandwich.

                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                to me it is~~ tortilla preferred to bread

                                                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                                                  I like tortillas and I like bread, but to prefer the former? I guess I've never had a tortilla that was outstanding. On the other hand, I have had quite a few loaves that rendered one speechless. Where does one get a tortilla so good that it alone, or a few of 'em, could be a meal?

                                                                                            4. Filet of Fish with extra tartar and a hash brown or small fries squished together..


                                                                                              1. Sunday morning splurge: Homemade sage sausage pattie,
                                                                                                one double yolk egg, Am. Cheese on a Thomas's Sandwich size English muffin.

                                                                                                Pumpernickel Bagel, with flaked salmon, cream-cheese, with fresh chives.

                                                                                                1. An everything bagel (lightly toasted), chive or herb-garlic cream cheese, sliced tomato, and crispy bacon.

                                                                                                  1. As with many posters, some element of this is the experience, plus the food.

                                                                                                    The apartment complex in which I lived for most of my 8yr in NW Beijing was across the road from LongZe Subway Station. We were far enough out from the heart of political Beijing that the street vendors were only driven away once a month or so, and the corrugate steel huts--1 for small clothing accessory items, 2 convenience stores, 3 electronics accessories-- were only demolished once or twice a year.

                                                                                                    Lining the walkway between the bus depot and the cattle gate entrance to the subway, there were no fewer than 30 carts. Nearly all were a propane-powered round flattop connected in some manner to wheeled thing-- a bike, a chain-powered pedal pseud-electric bike, or a motorized bike.

                                                                                                    Each stall served one thing, possibly with a tiny bit of ingredient variation. In aggregate, All the stalls only served a limited list of items-- such as fried twisted bread rolls [a Chinese Churro], tea eggs, and egg-in-dough cooked in an 24 hole iron muffin pan type contraption.
                                                                                                    There were many sandwiches, served stuffed into a split unleavened roll: shaved-off-a-tower lamb, cold pulled spiced chicken, grilled wafer thin chicken breast, fried egg, and my favourite:
                                                                                                    pork, in a huge pot, that had been simmering in spices forever. A hunk would be brought out and then diced/minced very fine, with the addition of an entire 5" spicy green pepper.
                                                                                                    The best vendors would dribble in a little au jus just before serving.
                                                                                                    That and a tea egg made The. Perfect. Breakfast.
                                                                                                    Just before we left in July '11, the price went up a whopping 15% due to the increase in pork pricing, to the equivalent of 48¢US.
                                                                                                    Here's a fairly representative pic:


                                                                                                    1. I don't know if this is the ultimate, but occasionally my mama which consisted of two fried eggs over easy, salted n peppered, in a pita spread one side with Hellmans (I'm gonna lose some of you with that fact) and the other side with butter.

                                                                                                      It was very good.

                                                                                                      1. I guess it would be considered an open face sandwich, but it's two small chicken fried steaks set on top of two biscuit halves and covered in red eye gravy. YUMMMM!!!!!

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                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                            You can get it at Ross' Diner in Cartersville GA but come early because they sell out everyday.

                                                                                                        1. Love an everything bagel with green olive cream cheese and a slice of fresh tomato. Best breakfast sandwich ever

                                                                                                          1. Ahhh..miss me some pork roll up here in Western NY. Good as a breakfast sandwich or a lunch sandwich. The last time I was at the Jersey Shore the first thing I got was a pork roll sandwich.

                                                                                                            1. Twice in my life I've been fed BLTs for breakfast, using tomatoes right out of the garden.

                                                                                                              I consider this to a gift of the highest order. And no one says you can't add a slice of cheese, either.

                                                                                                              1. OK, I'll play. I have a few favorites.

                                                                                                                1) Fresh bagel. Fry some bacon, fry the egg in the grease, melt white American cheese on the egg; assemble and enjoy.
                                                                                                                2) Fresh croissant. Scramble two eggs with white American cheese; assemble and enjoy.
                                                                                                                3) Buy a fresh baguette and farmer-fresh butter at the farmers' market; slather butter on slices of baguette and enjoy.
                                                                                                                4) Fresh bagel. Cream cheese, smoked salmon, fresh dill from the garden; assemble and enjoy
                                                                                                                5:) Hard roll. Scrapple, egg, ketchup; assemble and enjoy.

                                                                                                                Favorite sandwiches are seasonal and textural.

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                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                  Yeah, a croissant sandwich is definitely a solid way to start the day. I no longer have anyplace close to get a good one. Back in the day, however, . . . .

                                                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                    That's a shame; maybe you'll get lucky. A few years ago, a baker with a real background in French bakeries opened a shop near me. I have been croissant and baguette spoiled ever since.

                                                                                                                2. My personal favorite is well toasted, thick slices of buttered sourdough with nice salty Virginia ham and a fried egg or two all with a splash of Sriracha or homemade chili piquin sauce.

                                                                                                                  1. One more: slice of toast, cream cheese, generously covered in trout caviar, squirt of lemon.

                                                                                                                    1. I don't eat breakfast but I loved eating a fried egg sandwich for breakfast when I was a teenager.The egg had to be hard cooked and salty on soft white bread.

                                                                                                                      1. So, in a sense of fairness and full disclosure, I start by noting that I am a son of fat Asian Americans. Hence my breakfast contribution of two scallion pancakes sandwiching a thick layer of spicy pimento cheese, three slices of maple-miso bacon and an egg over easy. Maybe a little kimchi with the egg.

                                                                                                                        Living in New York, I'd be much remissed if I didn't also recommend scallion pancakes topped with cream cheese, lox, maybe a brushing of sesame oil and a few pickled mustard greens.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                          Excellent, my friend, on several one levels. Now, please tell me the best spot to get such goodness.

                                                                                                                          Oh, and, thanks for reminding me about pimento cheese. We once brought some back from a Christmas trip to see family (along with a quart of pulled pork), and I used to to make an egg sandwich on an egg-everything bagel. "Good morning to Mr. Z" (there was also a Bloody Mary involved).

                                                                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                            The breakfast sandwiches are something of my own concoction, having to satisfy hunger/hangovers with the international contents of my fridge/freezer.

                                                                                                                            Where I live, the only breakfast sandwiches are salami or bacon with eggs and cheese on a hard roll. Being a biscuit or croissant kind of breakfaster, I just can't get on board with the hard, stale-tasting rolls you get in most bodegas.

                                                                                                                            1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                              If you ever find a place serving your concoction, please let me know. Otherwise, tell me what time to be at your place on Sunday?

                                                                                                                          2. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                            Please, tell me more about maple miso bacon. It sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                              These are very hard to resist. They've got a slight sweet and funky kick that plays well with cheese.
                                                                                                                              1 c. shiro miso
                                                                                                                              1 c. maple syrup
                                                                                                                              ¾ c. mirin
                                                                                                                              2 c. rice wine vinegar
                                                                                                                              1 lb. bacon

                                                                                                                              Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot, whisk together first four ingredients and cook over medium heat until thick and glossy, approximately 25 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Lay uncooked bacon strips on one sheet and bake approximately 15 minutes or until crispy. Generously glaze crispy bacon with the reduction and bake on the unused cookie sheet an additional 3 - 4 minutes.

                                                                                                                              1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                Thank you so very much for this. I never thought to use miso when glazing bacon. This will be "what's for breakfast" this weekend!

                                                                                                                            2. Don't know if this counts, but it's what I eat every morning: Two hard-fried eggs 'sandwiched' between two sausage patties. Yes, I pick it up and eat it with my hands!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                                If you eat it with your hands, then I suggest it's a sandwich given the old Earl's idea.

                                                                                                                              2. Pastechi with papaya hot sauce on a beach in Aruba....yes please.

                                                                                                                                1. One more for me... Toasted thick slab of soury-sourdough bread with a little butter and a lot of peanut butter. No jam on this one.

                                                                                                                                  1. I love this subject.

                                                                                                                                    Also love egg sandwiches. My usual is an egg fried medium, so the yolk is just sort of runny but not runny enough to drip on me in the car, on pepperidge farm very thin whole wheat toasted lightly, with some mayo - or better, miracle whip (that's old fashioned american "boiled dressing" in a jar, for the snobs out there), a leaf of iceberg, salt and pepper. This takes 5 minutes and I like it better than an egg mcmuffin which btw takes longer to obtain.

                                                                                                                                    Another favorite is my imitation of a breakfast from the Paradise diner in Lawrence KS, now defunct. More of a sunday thing, it involves chopped up and steam/sauteed cauliflower, onion, peppers, definitely some thinly sliced carrots, cooked until just tender and wrapped in a browned-in-butter whole wheat tortilla with lots of mild cheddar or american cheese. And hot sauce of some kind for garnish, usually louisiana style. Lately I like yucateca habenero too.

                                                                                                                                    I also love peanut butter on toast, usually on that same pepperidge farm very thin whole wheat, it's a very nice product. I use smuckers natural, that's what I grew up eating and the sort of peanut butter I like. Sometimes I sprinkle some tamari or fish sauce on it. Just for the extra salt and umami I need in the morning. If you feel like living large and have time, sprinkle the umami ingredient over the two halves spread with peanut butter and run them under the broiler for a minute till they brown and blister a little. Heaven.

                                                                                                                                    Edit: Egg McMuffins are pretty good, actually

                                                                                                                                    1. has anyone mentioned a sausage melt sandwich? they are made like a patty melt, and I like them on whole wheat bread with chopped grilled onions and add bacon.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                        I do like sausage melts, but they make me want to go take a nap.

                                                                                                                                      2. Scrambled eggs,, on the soft side, on Jewish rye, with caraway seeds, of course, butter S&P ad a slice of some cheap American cheese. Cut in half with a cup of hot chocolate!

                                                                                                                                        1. Born & raised in New York; many a morning I stopped by my favorite deli on my way to work for a scrambled egg & cheese on a buttered hard roll. So so good! Second up, authentic bagels & bailys: toasted with cream cheese, scrambled egg & cheese, toasted w/ham & cheese I can go on... I no longer live in NY but I can still taste these breakfast treats as if it were yesterday....Ever time I get back up there, I have to buy rolls and bagels to bring home.

                                                                                                                                          And you're right, the sandwich needs to be wrapped in foil for a few minutes to melt the cheese and warm the roll to just the right consistency....

                                                                                                                                          I'm in NE North Carolina now, love sausage biscuits but they're not the same as a NY buttered hard roll...