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2014-04-02 11:35:48 PM  

sand_in_my_vagoo: 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.


Standing ovation from this fat guy.

I lost 74. Put 62 back on. Just lost my first 6 on the way back down last week. Plan to STAY there this time.
 
2014-04-02 11:36:34 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: You really needed a recipe for putting egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon in an English muffin?


It's a hell of a problem getting the egg into a flat cylinder. Raised or broken yolks don't count.
 
2014-04-02 11:39:58 PM  
hardee's served a pretty good bacon and biscuit breakfast once upon a time.
 
2014-04-02 11:43:58 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: You really needed a recipe for putting egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon in an English muffin?

It's a hell of a problem getting the egg into a flat cylinder. Raised or broken yolks don't count.


I'd just poach it, simple enough, even less grease.
 
2014-04-02 11:48:05 PM  
A look at what stared the most devastating war of the 21st Century: The Fast Food Breakfast Wars

You know who gets excited about language?

Stutterers.

Does watching a war movie count as stared the most?
 
2014-04-02 11:49:35 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: You really needed a recipe for putting egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon in an English muffin?

It's a hell of a problem getting the egg into a flat cylinder. Raised or broken yolks don't count.


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2014-04-02 11:51:39 PM  

Thingster: I'd just poach it, simple enough, even less grease.


After some research, apparently McDonald's does the exact same thing you assume they do (cook the egg in a ring) then flip it over when it's nearly finished. The only reason I think the McMuffin egg is a perfect cylinder is because they only put the perfect part on top.
 
2014-04-02 11:53:12 PM  
All of your arguments are invalid, because Breakfast Tacos.

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2014-04-02 11:57:49 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Thingster: I'd just poach it, simple enough, even less grease.

After some research, apparently McDonald's does the exact same thing you assume they do (cook the egg in a ring) then flip it over when it's nearly finished. The only reason I think the McMuffin egg is a perfect cylinder is because they only put the perfect part on top.


I guess I'm confused why they'd even flip it. Just use a straight wall dish, or hell, if you're (not you, generic you) really that worried about the taper from a poaching dish, GFY.
 
2014-04-02 11:59:03 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.


Where do you eat? If you regularly spend ten bucks on fast food you probably wash yourself with a rag on a stick.
 
2014-04-03 12:04:14 AM  

Thingster: I guess I'm confused why they'd even flip it. Just use a straight wall dish, or hell, if you're (not you, generic you) really that worried about the taper from a poaching dish, GFY.


I was concerned with the bulge simply because I thought McMuffins came from some giant egg tube and were cleanly sliced off. However I'm simply a rube who never looked at the underside of his McMuffin and saw the ugly, unclean yolk defiling the imagined perfection. It's a sad day.
 
2014-04-03 12:06:21 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Thingster: I guess I'm confused why they'd even flip it. Just use a straight wall dish, or hell, if you're (not you, generic you) really that worried about the taper from a poaching dish, GFY.

I was concerned with the bulge simply because I thought McMuffins came from some giant egg tube and were cleanly sliced off. However I'm simply a rube who never looked at the underside of his McMuffin and saw the ugly, unclean yolk defiling the imagined perfection. It's a sad day.


Ah! Yeah, no worries then.
 
2014-04-03 12:20:22 AM  
Myself, I like to scramble one egg, microwave it in a bowl, cut it in half and place it on doubled corn tortillas.  Then add a splash of salsa and a bit of cheese.  Repeat until full.

What would really be nice tomorrow morning would be a breakfast like I had in Mexico:  Pan dulce, scrambled eggs, fruit and iced, filtered water.  Or scrambled eggs, refried black beans and a bolillo.

(Will probably eat a PBJ),
 
2014-04-03 12:41:46 AM  

santadog: All of your arguments are invalid, because Breakfast Tacos.

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While those look delicious.  Tacos are a horrible delivery method.  Burritos are better.
 
2014-04-03 12:57:20 AM  

santadog: All of your arguments are invalid, because Breakfast Tacos.


Amen brother/sister. And a fork (to dejuice) of salsa on every bite. That also helps me eat and enjoy a little more rather than full on inhaling them.
 
2014-04-03 12:57:49 AM  
man, as wars go, this one is real boring.
 
2014-04-03 01:33:02 AM  
Fast-food breakfast is a great way to gain weight, whether it's through the drive-through so I can eat in the car, or at the train station so I can eat while walking, or at the cafeteria so I can eat at my desk while reading email.  All of which I've done, and it was costly and fattening.

I switched to a cup of coffee and a scoop of protein powder in a drink shaker - quick to make and consume and still out the door in minutes. I save about $5/day and 200-300 calories that way.
 
2014-04-03 02:08:23 AM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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?


Yes, they do. Only McD's can make it taste like plastic and rubber.

It's baffling to me at times when I read stuff like this. I've tried fast food breakfast things out of curiousity a few times and they always look and taste *terrible*. These people can't even make coffee worth a damn and part of me just scratches my head and wonders just how incompetent the rest of the world is at basic cooking that they think this stuff is "food" and how bad with their money they are if they think 8 farking bucks for a meal you could mistake for a hockey puck or shoe leather is cheap.
 
2014-04-03 02:42:07 AM  

Thingster: 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.


Having some kind of sauce makes little difference in calories when you're eating a farking bacon, egg, and cheese bagel, you dolt.

Terrible Old Man: Yes, they do. Only McD's can make it taste like plastic and rubber.

It's baffling to me at times when I read stuff like this. I've tried fast food breakfast things out of curiousity a few times and they always look and taste *terrible*. These people can't even make coffee worth a damn and part of me just scratches my head and wonders just how incompetent the rest of the world is at basic cooking that they think this stuff is "food" and how bad with their money they are if they think 8 farking bucks for a meal you could mistake for a hockey puck or shoe leather is cheap.


Where the fark are you eating that a fast food breakfast is costing you 8 bucks?
 
2014-04-03 02:52:24 AM  

fusillade762: Worse than The Cola Wars?


I still remember that time in the 80's when these two companies, Coke and Pepsi, held such a to-the-death pissing contest with one another. They even had to drag our Government into the fray on which brand would be the first cola drunk in space.

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Me? I just drank RC Cola cuz it tasted better than either of these overpriced sh*waters since they spent more money on actual product than on mega-advertizing.
 
2014-04-03 03:15:28 AM  
Fast Food Breakfast Wars is nothing next to the Pancake/Waffle war.
 
2014-04-03 03:59:54 AM  

Allen262: Fast Food Breakfast Wars is nothing next to the Pancake/Waffle war.


More. Waffles. Please.


/homemade biscuits and gravy may well own all, but one can only eat those 3 or 4 times a year.
 
2014-04-03 05:54:12 AM  
I'm predicting Long John Silvers will win the breakfast war. Sausage, egg, and fish breakfast burrito with a maple syrup infused tarter sauce.
Hush puppy, boiled scallop oatmeal, for the health conscious.
 
2014-04-03 08:06:08 AM  

CruJones: 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.


where does popeyes have breakfast? not in my area (dfw), for certain.
wendys in hope, arkansas, has breakfast...i had it when i was there around christmas...probably the best fastfood breakfast ever!
 
2014-04-03 08:21:03 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: You really needed a recipe for putting egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon in an English muffin?

It's a hell of a problem getting the egg into a flat cylinder. Raised or broken yolks don't count.


Actually, it's easy as hell. I figured it out in high school: scramble your eggs, add a little milk, put into microwave safe container, microwave for 30s-1min depending on volume. You'll see eggs expanded into what I called 'egg sponge'. Give a few seconds to cool, and you'll have a little shape of eggs based upon the shape of your container.

One major note: spray pam or similar into your container before adding the eggs/milk. Otherwise, cleaning it becomes a pain and your eggs cook unevenly.
 
2014-04-03 08:37:59 AM  

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


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That looks horrible. Why is it purple?
 
2014-04-03 08:56:05 AM  

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.


You realize you can ask the cashier to hold the sauce when you are ordering.
 
2014-04-03 09:05:11 AM  

Publikwerks: 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

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That looks horrible. Why is it purple?


It's a dark whole wheat bun, surrounded by a dark background making it look funny.
 
2014-04-03 09:36:13 AM  
Whataburger taquitos - the only fast food breakfast worth getting.

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2014-04-03 10:07:39 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Thingster: I'd just poach it, simple enough, even less grease.

After some research, apparently McDonald's does the exact same thing you assume they do (cook the egg in a ring) then flip it over when it's nearly finished. The only reason I think the McMuffin egg is a perfect cylinder is because they only put the perfect part on top.


http://www.businessinsider.com/how-mcdonalds-makes-egg-mcmuffins-201 3- 9
 
2014-04-03 10:08:12 AM  

Publikwerks: That looks horrible. Why is it purple?


Goes with the waffles
 
2014-04-03 10:11:43 AM  
Tim Hortons breakfast biscuit, sausage/egg/cheese on a biscuit, is the best fast food breakfast.  Period.

That said, the article mentions Dunkin's entry into the breakfast category?  When was I supposed to be eating donuts if not for breakfast?
 
2014-04-03 10:26:32 AM  

squegeebooo: Tim Hortons breakfast biscuit, sausage/egg/cheese on a biscuit, is the best fast food breakfast.  Period.

That said, the article mentions Dunkin's entry into the breakfast category?  When was I supposed to be eating donuts if not for breakfast?


no one actually goes to dunkin for donuts anymore. they have a selection of breakfast sandwiches, and they have coffee. that's seriously all they ever advertise...breakfast sandwiches and coffee. not donuts.
 
2014-04-03 10:27:00 AM  
Rik01:
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.

Ugh, the "Sees politics everywhere" guy.  Do you nitwits have to spoil everything?
 
2014-04-03 10:30:36 AM  

bungle_jr: squegeebooo: Tim Hortons breakfast biscuit, sausage/egg/cheese on a biscuit, is the best fast food breakfast.  Period.

That said, the article mentions Dunkin's entry into the breakfast category?  When was I supposed to be eating donuts if not for breakfast?

no one actually goes to dunkin for donuts anymore. they have a selection of breakfast sandwiches, and they have coffee. that's seriously all they ever advertise...breakfast sandwiches and coffee. not donuts.


Which is fine, i guess my point was that they weren't entering the breakfast category, they were just adding more options to the breakfast category.

It would be like if when mcdonalds started offering chicken sandwiches and the reporter said that they've now entered the lunch/dinner category.  No, they've just expanded offerings for an already existing meal they offer.
 
2014-04-03 10:34:21 AM  

squegeebooo: bungle_jr: squegeebooo: Tim Hortons breakfast biscuit, sausage/egg/cheese on a biscuit, is the best fast food breakfast.  Period.

That said, the article mentions Dunkin's entry into the breakfast category?  When was I supposed to be eating donuts if not for breakfast?

no one actually goes to dunkin for donuts anymore. they have a selection of breakfast sandwiches, and they have coffee. that's seriously all they ever advertise...breakfast sandwiches and coffee. not donuts.

Which is fine, i guess my point was that they weren't entering the breakfast category, they were just adding more options to the breakfast category.

It would be like if when mcdonalds started offering chicken sandwiches and the reporter said that they've now entered the lunch/dinner category.  No, they've just expanded offerings for an already existing meal they offer.


i get what you're saying
but i think it's funny that dunkin DONUTS is now known for pretty much everything BUT donuts
 
2014-04-03 10:37:18 AM  

tricycleracer: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Thingster: I'd just poach it, simple enough, even less grease.

After some research, apparently McDonald's does the exact same thing you assume they do (cook the egg in a ring) then flip it over when it's nearly finished. The only reason I think the McMuffin egg is a perfect cylinder is because they only put the perfect part on top.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-mcdonalds-makes-egg-mcmuffins-201 3- 9


what i don't get is the old "they look so perfect, must be a weird egg loaf sliced about an inch thick for each sandwich" crap

when i was munching on mcmuffins at the age of 5 i knew the egg was cooked in a metal ring.

it's not exactly a big mystery.
 
2014-04-03 11:09:48 AM  

bungle_jr: what i don't get is the old "they look so perfect, must be a weird egg loaf sliced about an inch thick for each sandwich" crap


Well, things like this fuel that myth:

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2014-04-03 11:45:00 AM  
As a former McDs breakfast worker in the 90s, they used to cook the eggs on-site back then in the rings. Now they arrive at the restaurant pre-cooked in these sealed bags and are reheated. The whole kitchen looks completely different now then back when they had a huge grill that they cooked every item on. I think the "hotcakes" are nuked as well nowadays, but I don't know for sure. Notice how you can't smell them cooking anymore.

The food at McDs now is cooked and kept warm in those little trays in front of the assembly line workers. In the early 90s it was cooked, assembled then kept warm in the little "bins", but we had to throw out what didn't sell in 15 minutes. So now there's less waste, it's faster, but it's essentially food sitting in warming bins waiting to be put together :(

/hotcakes were thrown away more than any other item, because they only last about 5 minutes after they were made
//Sonic's breakfast burritos are my favorite item now
///mmm steak, egg and tot burrito
 
2014-04-03 11:58:43 AM  

Disaster Transport: As a former McDs breakfast worker in the 90s, they used to cook the eggs on-site back then in the rings. Now they arrive at the restaurant pre-cooked in these sealed bags and are reheated. The whole kitchen looks completely different now then back when they had a huge grill that they cooked every item on. I think the "hotcakes" are nuked as well nowadays, but I don't know for sure. Notice how you can't smell them cooking anymore.

The food at McDs now is cooked and kept warm in those little trays in front of the assembly line workers. In the early 90s it was cooked, assembled then kept warm in the little "bins", but we had to throw out what didn't sell in 15 minutes. So now there's less waste, it's faster, but it's essentially food sitting in warming bins waiting to be put together :(

/hotcakes were thrown away more than any other item, because they only last about 5 minutes after they were made
//Sonic's breakfast burritos are my favorite item now
///mmm steak, egg and tot burrito


i love sonic's burritos for a few reasons...

lots of choices...they have several to choose from, plus they're all easily customizable

they're big enough to actually fill me up...they may cost ~$3, but it would take at least 3 of the dollarmenu burritos from mcd, et al, to fill me up anyway, and those places don't have options like philly cheesesteak burritos, tots on the burritos, etc

i have them add ranch to almost any burrito i order...other places would either get it wrong or just give me packets of ranch. i want it ON the burrito, and i don't want to dissassemble to add it myself
 
2014-04-03 12:22:47 PM  
The Sausage Egg McMuffin is a goddam national treasure.

The only other fast breakfast food I've had is at Jack in the Box. Not as good, but serviceable. That waffle taco looks terrible, but has gotten good "reviews" from some people.
 
2014-04-03 12:42:10 PM  
I like McDonalds' hash browns; they're sort of a little hash brown cracker, and it's good.
 
2014-04-03 01:04:19 PM  
Carl's Jr, with their Steak & Eggs Burrito, or their Loaded Breakfast Burrito, are winning this war.

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2014-04-03 01:12:26 PM  
I miss when Harvey's had a breakfast menu.  It was none of this "egg on an English muffin" nonsense either.  It was a full eggs, bacon/sausage and toast breakfast and it was glorious.  Hell, you could even get over easy if you wanted.  It was easily the best fast food breakfast out there.
 
2014-04-03 01:48:17 PM  

The Southern Dandy: Carl's Jr, with their Steak & Eggs Burrito, or their Loaded Breakfast Burrito, are winning this war.

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nearest carls jr/hardees to me, unfortunately, is a good 30 to 40 miles from my house, near the parks mall in arlington. i almost never went to that area even when i lived in bedford/euless, making it less than 1/2 the distance...certainly not going now

but when i lived in little rock, there was a hardees about 2 blocks away from my apt, and they got a lot of my money!

/brought to you by carls jr
//bigass fries!
 
2014-04-03 02:06:10 PM  
I used to 'love' McDonalds bacon, egg, & cheese biscuit, the only downside (well aside from the calories & way too much sodium) was it made my teeth squeaky.
 
2014-04-03 04:22:20 PM  

shtychkn: santadog: All of your arguments are invalid, because Breakfast Tacos.

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While those look delicious.  Tacos are a horrible delivery method.  Burritos are better.


Tacos are perfect.  Small, cheap, handheld, easy to put in a backpack or bag.  Fits nicely on a dashboard. Wrapped up in foil, they stay warm enough for a 40 min drive to the lake.

Burritos, you need two hands.  Too many places serve them with shiat covering them forcing you to consume with a fork and knife.

Tacos are far superior.
 
2014-04-03 07:08:50 PM  
Just about everyone in this thread sounds fat.
 
2014-04-03 09:19:26 PM  

Oakenhelm: Just about everyone in this thread sounds fat.


I used to be on the fat side and not going to Tim Hortons or McDonalds every morning was harder to kick than smoking.
 
2014-04-03 10:42:47 PM  
Hardees & Carl's laugh at your feeble efforts...
 
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