Friday, September 15, 2017

Starbucks Hot Breakfast Review

Starbucks is best known for its coffee, but did you know they have 14 (yes, 14!) hot breakfast options? 10 of those are sandwich/wraps, which cost between $4-5 per. Choices abound (bacon, chorizo, ham, sausage... even steak) and you can customize them too (i.e. no cheese, etc.) We tried most of 'em on for size, and (with a few exceptions) couldn't be happier.

Bacon, Gouda & Egg Breakfast Sandwich: Almost tasteless (especially the parmesan frittata, which tastes like a fake, microwaved egg.) The artisan bread isn't too chewy/doughy, but could use some toasting (and perhaps a pad or two of butter.) And the bacon? Two saltless, shriveled pieces of fat. Smoky breakfast goodness? Fat chance.

Grade: D

Bacon, Gouda & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Chicken Sausage & Bacon Biscuit: Biscuits don't reheat well, and the ones at Starbucks are (sadly) no exception. Without country-style gravy (my choice) it's extra dry, and could benefit from cheese or (better yet) egg. The bacon was fatty and void of salt, and the chicken sausage... even blander. At $4.75, it's also overpriced and ultimately forgettable.

Grade: D

Chicken Sausage & Bacon Biscuit

Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Breakfast Sandwich: Best bread (Starbucks' signature croissant) and two strips of delicious bacon. Said bacon is advertised as thick-cut (which it isn't) but it's so nice & salty, you probably won't mind. Near-perfect texture, affordable and our hands-down favorite.

Grade: A  (As good great as it gets.)

Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Breakfast Sandwich: Disappointing. Very disappointing. For starters, the English Muffin is neither buttered or toasted. The result? Dry and soft, with almost no flavor. Toss in a lack of saltiness, and you have our least favorite Starbucks sandwich. Cue chorus of boos.

Grade: D- (This close to an F.)

Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Seared Steak, Egg & Tomatillo Wrap: Pricey, but absolutely delectable. Caramelized onions provide a nice kick, and the steak is top-notch (and plentiful.) Arrives piping hot, and easy to handle with a nice toasty exterior. Creamy egg filling too. P.S. Bonus points for no cheese.

Grade: A-

Seared Steak, Egg & Tomatillo Wrap

Slow-Roasted Ham, Swiss & Egg Breakfast Sandwich: I'm pretty sure you could put anything inside Starbucks' signature flaky croissant, and call it a home run. That's certainly true of their slow-roasted Italian-style ham (all three delectable slices of it.) It's a bit fatty along the edges, but not too salty, and pairs wonderfully with the aforementioned croissant and fried egg patty. De-licious!

Grade: B+

Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Cheese & Egg Breakfast Sandwich: Very spicy

Can you say spicy? This chorizo is on fire (in a good way!) Served on a chewy potato roll, but it's not plain (which adds even more flavor.) Lots of fiber and protein, but beware... 860mg sodium in one sandwich.

GradeB (If you like it hot, look no further.)

Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Cheese & Egg Breakfast Sandwich