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(Slate)   A look at what stared the most devastating war of the 21st Century: The Fast Food Breakfast Wars   (slate.com) divider line 100
    More: Scary, Fast Food Breakfast, fast food, Darren Tristano, Egg McMuffin, CEO Don Thompson, product innovation, Ronald McDonald, McCafe  
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2014-04-02 08:10:57 PM
Worse than The Cola Wars?
 
2014-04-02 08:31:52 PM
I really like the McMuffin. But in the morning my sleep time is more important than my sitting at the drive through time.
Here's a link to make your own and freeze them.

http://www.theyummylife.com/Egg_McMuffin
 
2014-04-02 08:38:45 PM
The Egg McMuffin is a classic, that abomination made with egg-whites only notwithstanding.  Taco Bell's offerings are actually pretty decent.  The Waffle Taco is mostly a gimmick, but the AM Crunchwrap is close to a perfect breakfast item - tasty, affordable, and easy to eat without anything on yourself on the go.
 
2014-04-02 08:38:56 PM
Started*... I don't think anything has ever "stared" a war...
 
2014-04-02 08:51:23 PM
Eat fruit and perhaps some cereal and have some coffee. You'll save money and will feel better.
 
2014-04-02 08:55:35 PM

Tr0mBoNe: Eat fruit and perhaps some cereal and have some coffee. You'll save money and will feel better.


Thanks, MOM.
 
2014-04-02 09:06:11 PM
War. War never changes.
 
2014-04-02 09:12:36 PM

MsterScary: Started*... I don't think anything has ever "stared" a war...


I did when I was a kid. It was brutal. My eyes teared up something awful.
 
2014-04-02 09:40:06 PM

SecretAgentWoman: MsterScary: Started*... I don't think anything has ever "stared" a war...

I did when I was a kid. It was brutal. My eyes teared up something awful.


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2014-04-02 10:15:10 PM

fusillade762: SecretAgentWoman: MsterScary: Started*... I don't think anything has ever "stared" a war...

I did when I was a kid. It was brutal. My eyes teared up something awful.

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Over in two...
 
2014-04-02 10:15:38 PM
So Demolition Man wasn't so much of a movie as a documentary of the future?  Awesome.
 
2014-04-02 10:16:18 PM
So much for the 3 seashells.
 
2014-04-02 10:19:46 PM
Breakfast is the best meal at most fast food places.  BK, McDonalds, Jack in the Box,  Carl's Jr/Hardee's, Popeyes, all solid.  Hell, I even liked Wendy's breakfast the short time t was around.
 
2014-04-02 10:22:28 PM

fusillade762: Worse than The Cola Wars?


Nothing could be worse than the Cola Wars. I still have PTSD and wake up every night screaming and covered in sweat.
 
2014-04-02 10:23:01 PM
cigarettes and black coffee strong enough to stand a spoon up in
 
2014-04-02 10:28:55 PM
Begun the breakfast wars have.
 
2014-04-02 10:30:06 PM
I used to mock the idea of breakfast wars like you.

Then I took a sausage and egg mcmuffin to the knee.
 
2014-04-02 10:31:29 PM
There are no breakfast wars.     There is McDonalds.    There are no others.
 
2014-04-02 10:33:55 PM
What a staring breakfast war may look like

www.dreselin.com
 
2014-04-02 10:34:30 PM
The thing that Taco Bell's breakfast is missing is that they don't sauce all of their offerings. You're up against the Egg McMuffin, the purest, somewhat least greasiest breakfast perfection fast food on the planet, and you need to differentiate yourself from everybody else who is using the same scrambled egg-like product, same sort of sausage, and everything else - since I assume it all comes shipped from Sysco on the same truck.

The Taco Bell waffle taco was worse than the same Eggo waffle concoction you've made while hungover. The breakfast burrito didn't even have any additives like peppers or onions that you don't want to chop while hungover. The saving grace of the items I tried has been the crunchwrap, because it uses the same sauce that their normal quesadillas have, which is too much hassle to make while hungover and really tasty.

It's like Taco Bell executives got together and said "What tastes define our brand, and how can we not use any of them in favor of generic breakfast food?"
 
2014-04-02 10:39:36 PM

Tr0mBoNe: Eat fruit and perhaps some cereal and have some coffee. You'll save money and will feel better.


Cheerios + almonds + blueberries is about perfect for me. I can work at full throttle all the way to lunch without getting hungry.
 
2014-04-02 10:40:45 PM
You see me now, a veteran.
Of a thousand staring wars.
 
2014-04-02 10:43:03 PM

orangehat: So Demolition Man wasn't so much of a movie as a documentary of the future?  Awesome.


White_Scarf_Syndrome: So much for the 3 seashells.


Thanks. I'll get the lights.
 
2014-04-02 10:43:31 PM
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2014-04-02 10:44:23 PM

chachi88: Begun the breakfast wars have.


Thank you. I was hoping I wouldn't have to post that.
 
2014-04-02 10:44:37 PM
I barely escaped from Playland with my life when the Del Taco across the street launched a sudden intense breakfast burrito barrage

/the horror... the horror...
 
2014-04-02 10:49:15 PM
Egg mcmuffin is good when you're drunk or hungover, but nothing beats a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel from a New York deli. It's delicious, I think everyone should try one at least once. You'll be hooked.
 
2014-04-02 10:50:32 PM
The kings of all fast food breakfast will always be the McDonald's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit and the deluxe big breakfast. Taco Bell breakfast just can't compete with that level of greasy awesomeness.

/I kind of miss McDonald's breakfast.
//Former fatty.
///Recently lost my 115th pound.
////Slashies.
 
2014-04-02 10:50:43 PM

MsterScary: Started*... I don't think anything has ever "stared" a war...


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2014-04-02 10:52:56 PM

eyemarten: chachi88: Begun the breakfast wars have.

Thank you. I was hoping I wouldn't have to post that.


Open war is upon you whether you would want an egg mcmuffin or not!
 
2014-04-02 10:55:37 PM
I gave up eating breakfast when I started my diet about a year ago, can't say I really miss it but once in a while I get a craving for some thick cut bacon and fried eggs.

The only fast food breakfast I eat is Whataburger pancakes or sausage and biscuits though.
 
2014-04-02 10:55:49 PM

BATMANATEE: MsterScary: Started*... I don't think anything has ever "stared" a war...

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Only a thousand yards or so, give or take.
 
2014-04-02 10:56:47 PM
TuteTibiImperes:   The Waffle Taco is mostly a gimmick, but the AM Crunchwrap is close to a perfect breakfast item - tasty, affordable, and easy to eat without anything on yourself on the go.

I want to believe you.
 
2014-04-02 10:58:48 PM
Popeyes has breakfast ?
I am going to assume is a biscuit with chicken on it.
Their name (Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits) was my first clue. It's my favorite fast food and they have the best coupons.
Off to the googles.
 
2014-04-02 10:59:03 PM
As much as I hate to say it, when you're rushed in the morning to get to work, swinging by a McD's grabbing a McMuffin and a cuppa Joe is quick, easy and tasty.

The nuked hash browns given out at Burger King finished them for me. Once they start to cool, they turn into crispy, brown little chunks of rubber fast on their way to becoming cement. Mc D's hash browns aren't nuked and don't turn into rubber.

I don't eat breakfast much, working or not. Though, I can't help but see the obvious greed spread through all of the corporations involved. None are known for 'healthy ingredients' except by default and no doubt, as the 'war' escalates -- cholesterol rich bacon, saturated with salt and sugar will get layered on.

I also can't help but notice these startling figures in profit -- and consider the reluctance of them all to pay their workers a reasonable wage. Then again, that might be due to what the Yuppies started in the 80's. Fast and big profit required for investing in stocks. If you made a billion last year, you better make a billion+ next year. Decrease even a fraction of a percentage and the Yuppies dump the stock -- even if the overall outlook is strong.
 
2014-04-02 10:59:55 PM
We all already know who wins the franchise breakfast wars.
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In a world...where taco bell is the only restaurant and toilet paper doesn't exist.
 
2014-04-02 10:59:59 PM

orangehat: So Demolition Man wasn't so much of a movie as a documentary of the future?  Awesome.


I thought that was obvious when Schwarzenegger became a politician.
 
2014-04-02 11:05:43 PM
The thing that baffles me is why everything "deluxe" at McDonald's has a farking special sauce.

know what's awesome? Their bacon egg and cheese bagel. Know what's disgusting?

Whatever the fark breakfast sauce they pour on it that I always forget they put on it until after I order, forcing me to cancel/modify my order.

Everything that has a special sauce should have a huge "ORDER ME HOLD THE SAUCE" sidenote on the item line.
 
2014-04-02 11:07:39 PM
Meh... I'll stick to my own homemade breakfasts. No fast food restaurant can top my fluffy pancakes, stuffed french toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs over easy and bacon. Not all on one day mind you.
I make the best breakfasts.
 
2014-04-02 11:11:41 PM

Tr0mBoNe: Eat fruit and perhaps some cereal and have some coffee. You'll save money and will feel better.


But when you can get two 600 calorie fat and sodium bombs for 3 bucks, why bother?
I was amazed at the low price of fast food in the States on a recent trip. You couldn't buy the ingredients yourself for those prices. I guess it shows the buying power of the big franchises.
 
2014-04-02 11:12:47 PM
shiat on a shingle in the am
 
2014-04-02 11:16:20 PM

Thingster: The thing that baffles me is why everything "deluxe" at McDonald's has a farking special sauce.

know what's awesome? Their bacon egg and cheese bagel. Know what's disgusting?

Whatever the fark breakfast sauce they pour on it that I always forget they put on it until after I order, forcing me to cancel/modify my order.

Everything that has a special sauce should have a huge "ORDER ME HOLD THE SAUCE" sidenote on the item line.


I think it's a garlic butter type spread. I actually really like it, though I hate every other sauce they out on stuff. Love the bagel but they don't sell it here anymore
 
2014-04-02 11:17:35 PM

whatshisname: Tr0mBoNe: Eat fruit and perhaps some cereal and have some coffee. You'll save money and will feel better.

But when you can get two 600 calorie fat and sodium bombs for 3 bucks, why bother?
I was amazed at the low price of fast food in the States on a recent trip. You couldn't buy the ingredients yourself for those prices. I guess it shows the buying power of the big franchises.


Where the hell did you eat? Most fast food places will set you back close to ten bucks for a meal, I can make a lot of hamburgers at home for ten bucks.
 
2014-04-02 11:17:38 PM
My uncle just lost a foot in battle. He says it was diabetes, but I know he is just being modest about his McDonalds daily breakfast duty.
 
2014-04-02 11:20:49 PM
I usually make my own breakfast sammiches on weekdays as part of the morning routine.. this week its scrapple, egg and cheese on a ciabata bun.

but..I have the saturday shift at the brewery and I always take the time on the way in to stop at the Ghetto McDonalds down the road to get a sausage eggs and cheese biscuit, hash brown, with an Orange juice. used to be the burger king crosanwich, but when the alcoa plant shut down, the burger king ceased to have a reason to exist.
 
2014-04-02 11:23:33 PM

ReapTheChaos: whatshisname: Tr0mBoNe: Eat fruit and perhaps some cereal and have some coffee. You'll save money and will feel better.

But when you can get two 600 calorie fat and sodium bombs for 3 bucks, why bother?
I was amazed at the low price of fast food in the States on a recent trip. You couldn't buy the ingredients yourself for those prices. I guess it shows the buying power of the big franchises.

Where the hell did you eat? Most fast food places will set you back close to ten bucks for a meal, I can make a lot of hamburgers at home for ten bucks.


McDonalds in GA or SC. All the fast food places had 2 breakfast sandwiches for $3. And McDonalds had small burgers, a Filet of Fish or a McChicken sandwich on their dollar menu. In Canada, it's the $1.89 menu and McChickens aren't on it. They're about 4 bucks.
 
2014-04-02 11:24:07 PM

CruJones: Thingster: The thing that baffles me is why everything "deluxe" at McDonald's has a farking special sauce.

know what's awesome? Their bacon egg and cheese bagel. Know what's disgusting?

Whatever the fark breakfast sauce they pour on it that I always forget they put on it until after I order, forcing me to cancel/modify my order.

Everything that has a special sauce should have a huge "ORDER ME HOLD THE SAUCE" sidenote on the item line.

I think it's a garlic butter type spread. I actually really like it, though I hate every other sauce they out on stuff. Love the bagel but they don't sell it here anymore


I don't know, all I know is when i order a bacon egg and cheese bagel, I expect bacon, eggs and cheese.

it could be the most delicious sauce ever created, but I don't care. It shouldn't be there. I sent the thing back, manager gave me one sans sauce, all was happy.

And there are people that are genuinely confounded as to why they can't lose weight. Everything has a damn sauce, and from what I gather I was the only person to question it.

Gah!
 
2014-04-02 11:24:44 PM
The only breakfast items I get are Sonic's Toaster and Denny's Grand Slam because I can get them any time of day.

If these other companies would offer their full menu all day, I would go there.
 
2014-04-02 11:27:16 PM
I kinda prefer the IHOP Slams. But it takes time--parking, getting seated and being served. Once in a while it's worth it.

When I want a REAL breakfast I cook it m'self. Eggs, bacon (LOTS of bacon), sausage, onions and peppers, spinach and mushrooms, and cheeses and a myriad other veggies in the eggs (if they're scrambled or in an omelet). With sauces like Tabasco, or maybe some red or green salsa. If the eggs are "over easy," or poached, holandaise sauce is good--over an English muffin. Or, there's Bisquick biscuits, toast, bagels, and hash brown 'taters or "home fries." And coffee--good coffee. Lots of it. And maybe some fruit--melon or peaches, or orange sections--along side. Oooh-wee! Breakfast! "Good stuff, Maynard."
 
2014-04-02 11:32:31 PM

optikeye: I really like the McMuffin. But in the morning my sleep time is more important than my sitting at the drive through time.
Here's a link to make your own and freeze them.

http://www.theyummylife.com/Egg_McMuffin


You really needed a recipe for putting egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon in an English muffin?
 
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