Posts Tagged ‘fast food breakfast’
Panera was founded in St. Louis, MO, where it operated (and still does in that area) at St. Louis Bread Company. The 1800 store chain is now owned by Au Bon Pain, which no longer operates Au Bon Pain (I liked those, for sure).
I don’t think I’ve ever been in a Panera before, thought I’ve had some of their sandwiches brought to me, and beyond the bread, they weren’t very impressive (not high quality ingredients or quantities of same).
Today I was looking for a new quick breakfast option, and did happen into Panera, where I ordered an Asiago Bacon Egg Cheese “pannini-ized” bagel sandwich, and a large coffee, which set me back the devilish amount of $6.66. No kidding.
The sandwich was prepared while I waited (except I don’t think the eggs were), it was hot, filling, and tasty. Except for the cost, I might be a regular breakfast customer when I am out and about.
I found the store layout a mite confusing, there were four registers and two pick-up stations, I got sent from one to another, although there is no signage, some must be dedicated to one use or another; they give you one of those vibrating hockey pucks to tell you when your order is ready.
Panera Breakfast Sandwich Review
I haven’t been in a Chik-Fil-A for over a couple decades. This wasn’t a social protest because of their “problems,” but rather they are just not top of mind for me, and also not as visible as other fast foods. There are about 2000 of them in the US.
It’s certainly not a place I would think of for fast food breakfast, yet here I found myself at one today, and it was only because of “location, location, location” and all I was really looking for was a cup of coffee.
I was aware they had “chicken biscuits,” but I wasn’t aware they offered a bacon and egg biscuit, which is my preferred fast food breakfast item, second only after Sonic Toasters.
So I thought I’d take one for a test drive, and throw in a Chicken Biscuit as well, since that is their claim to fame. Oh, and tater tot medallions? Why not?
It’s all cooked to order, and the coffee was just brewing, so the amiable counter person asked me if I wanted a glass of ice water while waiting for the coffee, which they would bring to the table with the food.
I swear, the personnel at this restaurant were so smiley and gleeful, you just wanted to pinch their cheeks. Hospitable behavior in the hospitality business sure doesn’t hurt one bit.
The biscuits are baked in store, so sez the literature, and the chicken is hand breaded on site, as well. I believe it. The bacon was thick and smokey, and the egg almost seemed like it might have been cooked in house, too. And of course, any place that has hash rounds or tots is high on my list. The biscuits could have used a few more minutes in the oven, but other than that, no complaints.
I was both surprised and pleased. The restaurant was busy, too, busier with in-house diners than other fast food outlets I stop in.
Chi-Fil-A Breakfast Review
When faced with having to resort to a fast food breakfast, I’ll take most anything over the big guys. The Egg McMuffin is assembled in house, but not “cooked,” the formerly toasted muffins are now just warmed, the “Canadian bacon” is flavorless and sliced so thin you can see through it.
I like Sonic, Hardees, and Bojangles for breakfast. Bojangles has genuine ham real, not fake, not pressed, chopped and formed on their biscuits, Hardee’s biscuit sandwiches are made to order in house, and the Sonic breakfast sandwich, nested between two pieces of Texas toast, is almost always delightful.
I went for the bacon, egg, cheese toaster at Sonic this morning, got the meal, so it came with tots (I’m always all about tots) and a beverage. There were some downsides. The tots were cold in the middle, which is weird, since fast food fryers are on automatic times; I can only think the oil in that fryer hadn’t reached optimum temperature when they made my order. A plus for the toaster sandwich is it comes double wrapped, in paper first, with one side open, so you can eat on the run without much mess, and then in a foil envelope.
The downside of the foil is the toast that left the restaurant window toasted and crispy, is, if you’re waiting awhile to eat it, becomes somewhat sadly limp from the steam being released in the package. Like when you order crisp fries to take out in a foam container.
Often, I’m smart enough to remember to poke a hole or two in the packaging to let the steam escape, but didn’t think of it this time. Nevertheless, the sandwich and tots were mighty tasty.
Sonic Breakfast Toaster Review
First opened in Greenville, SC, Hardee’s is a ‘semi-national’ chain, mostly in the Eastern United States, and part of CKE (Carl Karcher Enterprises) which operates Carl’s Jr. in the Western US; the two share some menu items.
Hardee’s places a big emphasis on their breakfast menu, and offers a wider variety of choices than most competitors. Additionally, they push a “prepared fresh” method with their items. They bake their biscuits in-house, from scratch daily, and cook the other ingredients upon order.
On a whim, I picked up their “Monster Biscuit”, which is a pile of egg, bacon, sausage, shaved ham, and cheese. It surprised me on every level, and is surely one of the best fast-food breakfast offerings in the land. My only preference for “improvement” would be that Hardee’s also has a ‘country ham’ biscuit, and I think I’d prefer that ham on the Monster. Nevertheless, this is a good product, and as the advertising says, prepared fresh. Grab a couple today. Update 2/2016, Hardees has added a Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage breakfast biscuit to their menu. Locator.
Hardees Monster Biscuit Review