August 16, 2005

Eating Fresh for Breakfast

I have been plagued by many time-consuming activities in the last few weeks which have prevented me from updating my posts in my solemn duties as one of the internet’s most memorable food critics. A trip to the birth of my nephew, a trip to Nebraska, and beginning final preparations for college, such as packing, have left me with few spare ticks of free time. Over the last few weeks, I was faced with a difficult choice. I could either not update this blog, or I could write an abridged review or two in order to keep the compilations current. I immediately realized that a food critique without adequate amounts of dedication and time was not truly a Rick Seltzer food critique, so I was forced to lay down my keyboard and spork for a brief period of time.

Fortunately for my critiquing muscles, I was exposed to a new food during my brief trip to the Midwest. This has allowed me to combine my nationwide travels with my need to sample new and exciting foods from various fast food restaurants. Normally, I review food that is sold in my home state of Pennsylvania due to the fact that it is easy to access, but I am always open to more nationally inclined viewpoints in my endeavors as a critic. Indeed, this article concerns a fascinating egg sandwich that I picked up at four in the morning in a Subway truck stop in Iowa. Since all Subways feature the same basic food and ingredients, I do not believe that this out-of-state experience has skewed my reviewing in any way. However, if you, the reader, finds cause to disagree with this, feel free to contact me.

Subway has offered breakfast sandwiches for some time, although the shop has never particularly pushed the concoctions with the marketing savvy of Jared. Subsequently, many individuals are not privy to the fact that you can “Eat Fresh” for breakfast. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, as a Subway breakfast sandwich cost me the better part of four dollars. While I do not pretend to be the thriftiest critic in existence, I can buy four Krispy Kreme donuts and multiple McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches for this price. Such prices necessitate that Subway breakfasts are only for the most loyal fans of the nationwide deli chain.

The Sandwich itself is an egg patty, cheese, and an optional meat on a breakfast croissant. One can choose from no meat, bacon, or steak to accompany his or her standard egg and cheese sandwich. I personally chose bacon because I associate it more closely with breakfast, and I was pleasantly surprised to receive a heaping number of fatty pig pieces adorning my egg and cheese. The amount of meat was more than adequate, although I was, in the end, quite disappointed that Subway offered me no sausage. However, while I find sausage to be the ultimate in breakfast sandwich meat, Subway proved to me that bacon can be an adequate substitute for the King of AM protein.

Subway did an excellent job of making a wonderful egg patty and cheese combination on top of a deliciously light, fluffy, and buttery croissant. I was even given the option to choose my type of cheese. This was an incredibly nice touch that most other restaurants lack in the morning.

I watched my entire sandwich was assembled and placed in an industrial strength microwave oven, where it was quickly heated. It was a pleasantly hot sandwich that had a good flavor upon its removal. Unfortunately, it was also quite salty. This caused a great deal of thirst on my tongue, and I was forced to spend yet more money on drinks. With my wallet already hurting from the steep price of the sandwich, I was not looking to have to splurge on expensive liquids to reach a state of breakfast satisfaction.

Subway does not have the comprehensive, sausage-inclusive breakfast menus of many other fast-food restaurants. It is also quite steep in its breakfast prices. An exceptionally high quality if food in the breakfast sandwich made up for these shortcomings, though. Overall, the Subway bacon and egg breakfast croissant receives three sporks out of five. If it had the option of bacon or a slightly lower price, it would surely reach four-spork heights. Until Jared reaches these conclusions on his own, Subway’s morning offerings will be relegated to cult followers and those looking for a change in their morning routines.