Subway tops taste tests of fast-food breakfasts

FROM THE EDITORS OF CONSUMER REPORTS Modified: June 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm •  Published: June 4, 2012
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Egg sandwiches that are tasty and nutritious are hard to come by in most fast-food chains.

Consumer Reports recently tried egg sandwiches from Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway -- and deemed Subway's Egg White and Cheese on Mornin' Melt Flatbread most tasty.

CR also evaluated the nutrition of egg sandwiches from those chains and Wendy's to see if any could combine good taste and nutrition.

The tastiest sandwich from Subway also had decent nutrition, and while breakfast sandwiches from Burger King and McDonald's rated good for taste, none of them scored better than fair for nutrition.

The components of Subway's three-inch Egg White and Cheese on Mornin' Melt Flatbread blended well -- its flatbread was tender and its egg whites flavorful. The other egg sandwiches CR tasted had one or more drawbacks.

The cheese in both Starbucks sandwiches -- the Chicken Sausage Wrap and the Turkey Bacon and White Cheddar Classic -- was saucelike. The egg in McDonald's Egg McMuffin was slightly rubbery.

In CR's tests, tasters visited at least three locations per chain in the New York area, and sandwich quality often varied from one location to another within a chain.

For example, the eggs in Burger King's BK Egg and Cheese Muffin were fluffy in two restaurants and wet in a third. And, in one instance, the muffin was untoasted. Only six of the 106 sandwiches earned CR's "Very Good" Rating for nutrition -- and all of them came from Subway.

The tastiest Egg White and Cheese on Mornin' Melt Flatbread only earned a "Good" in nutrition, as did offerings from Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.

THREE TIPS TO A TASTY BREAKFAST SANDWICH

-- Ask for the breakfast sandwich well-toasted -- toasting blends the flavors and makes the bread taste better.

-- For good nutrition, skip cheese or meat, substitute egg whites for whole eggs and avoid a foot-long.

-- Eat the breakfast sandwich right away as quality may fall as the sandwich cools off.

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