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Eggs-tra, eggs-tra!! Read all about it!! According to a leading research firm, breakfast sandwiches are now the fourth most ordered food item in restaurants, after pizza, french fries, and — the winner and still champion — hamburgers.
According to a leading research firm, breakfast sandwiches are now the fourth most ordered food item in restaurants, after pizza, french fries, and -- the winner and still champion -- hamburgers.
Last year, North Americans consumed 25 million more breakfast sandwiches than they did in 2008. Little wonder, then, that every Tom, Dick and Hardee's is suddenly scrambling to come up with its own version of the popular morning meal.
On April 5, after a prolonged trial period in select cities, including Winnipeg, Subway unveiled its new "omelette sandwich" at 25,000 outlets in Canada and the United States. One week before that -- on March 31 -- Burger King introduced the "BK Breakfast Muffin Sandwich" to its Whopper-heavy arsenal. And back in January, Tim Hortons caused a stir when it poached the idea of serving breakfast sandwiches on English muffins from McDonalds. (Last, but not least, American-based Dunkin' Donuts recently resurrected its "Waffle Breakfast Sandwich" after a year-long hiatus. That 500-calorie behemoth features egg, sausage and cheese, juxtaposed between two maple-infused waffles.)
Talia Syrie wasn't trying to hop on any foodie bandwagons two years ago when she began offering breakfast sandwiches at her restaurant, The Tallest Poppy (631 Main St.). "When we started doing breakfasts, we were simply trying to come up with things we could punch out in a hurry; we didn't want to be stuck in the kitchen for an hour, making soufflés," says Syrie, the 2009 winner of Winnipeg's best breakfast as determined by local bloggers the Breakfast Connoisseurs.
Syrie's breakfast sandwich is to an Egg McMuffin what a bottle of Domaine Romanée-Conti is to Andre's Baby Duck. "We use vita eggs, organic tomatoes and, depending on what's in the fridge, either goat cheese or old cheddar cheese," she says. "Our bacon comes from Frigs Natural Meat Market on Main Street, but I can't say how we prepare it or I'd have to kill everyone who reads the Free Press.
"We serve it on challah -- a braided Jewish bread that we bake in-house. It's $6 -- $7.50 if you want hash browns."
Mouth still watering, we recently hit the streets to see what else this burg had to offer, breakfast sandwich-wise. Here's a taste of what we discovered...
Black Sheep Diner, 540 Ellice Ave.
Ask for: the breakfast sandwich ($6.50, includes hash browns or fruit)
You get: bacon, tomato, cheese and egg on a toasted, whole wheat Gunn's bagel
"It's been on the menu ever since we opened, about two years ago," says server Eryn Maloney. "Our breakfast adventure that lets you choose from nine different items is probably the most popular thing we serve, but the breakfast sandwich is definitely a close second."
Charlee's Restaurant & Lounge, 5-185 Stadacona St.
Ask for: the B.O.B., or breakfast-on-a-bagel ($5.99, includes "Charlee's famous hash browns")
You get: one fried egg and two pieces of sausage, bacon or ham, on a toasted everything bagel
"We have one regular who gets it with six pieces of meat -- two of everything," says owner Charlie Villapando. "That's carnivore, for sure."
Falafel Place, 1101 Corydon Ave.
Ask for: the breakfast sandwich ($6)
You get: one fried egg, cheese and your choice of meat, grilled together on toast
"We started serving it five years ago, thanks to my daughter, Liat," says Ami Hassan, the face of the Falafel Place for almost a quarter century. "She said it would be a good idea for people who don't want a big meal. She was right -- it took off immediately."
Shops of Winnipeg Square
Ask for: the B-Egg-L ($4.29) or the B-Egg-L with bacon ($5.29)
You get: one fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and cheese on a toasted Gunn's bagel (various flavours)
"Lots of people put their own spin on it," says Stacey Bazak, who runs Garry's with her mother and sister. "We've had a few weird requests, from time to time; one person who likes his with corned beef would definitely be up there."
George's Burgers & Subs, 1141 St. Mary's Rd.
Ask for: the breakfast on a bun ($5.99)
You get: cheese, lettuce, tomato and either bacon or sausage, on a hamburger bun
"It's been on the menu forever -- I'm pretty sure it was invented by George, himself," says kitchen manager Katie Kelly.
Luda's Deli, 410 Aberdeen Ave.
Ask for: the breakfast bun-wich ($4.95)
You get: ham, egg ("hard or soft") and cheese on a toasted Gunn's hamburger bun
"We serve it all day, right till 1:30," says owner and head chef Tracy Konopada. "I haven't made one with kubasa yet, but I'm always open to suggestions."
Oscar's Deli, 175 Hargrave St.
Ask for: the breakfast sub ($5.50)
You get: two eggs on a steak sub bun, with ham, salami and cheese
"It's been on the menu ever since we started serving breakfast, about 12 years ago," says owner Larry Brown. "You can have it with whatever you like, really: onions, pastrami, you name it."
Stella's Cafe, three locations
Ask for: the breakfast sandwich ($8.25, includes hash browns)
You get: two "over-hard" eggs, ham, cheese, tomato and mayonnaise on Stella's home-made bread (toasted)
"If you're a vegetarian, we're happy to substitute grilled spinach and mushroom for the ham," says Brad Burrows, general manager of the Stella's location at 1895 Grant Ave.
White Star Diner, 58 Albert St.
Ask for: the fried egg sandwich ($4.25)
You get: two fried eggs, "real" cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato and mayonnaise on rye toast or a hamburger bun
"When I first opened, I actually put it on the menu as a filler, only because I wanted to offer people something besides burgers," says owner Bruce Smedts. "I've always enjoyed those tastes together -- it's something I make for myself when I'm at home all the time."
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