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Dunkin' Donuts Loves Us, Proves It with Big N' Toasted Breakfast Sandwich

Dunkin' Donuts Big N' Toasted Breakfast Sandwich
Dunkin' Donuts Big N' Toasted Breakfast Sandwich
Photo by Christina Uticone

The first, most well-known rule of breakfast is that it's the most important meal of the day, but the lesser-known rule of breakfast is that it's the best fast-food meal of the day. With that in mind (and a song in the heart, given a newfound proximity to Dunkin' Donuts), it seemed the perfect time to roll through the drive-through for an early-morning Dunkin' run.

The medium coffee (black) was a given, but how to choose a breakfast? Donuts were out, because in addition to being boring, they induce flashbacks of summers spent making them at a Dunkin' Donuts on the New York State Thruway; a plain old bagel seemed just too plain and too old. The breakfast sandwiches looked more promising, and the Big N' Toasted® hit all the right notes: eggs, bacon, cheese and Texas Toast.

Access to Dunkin' coffee is a game changer, and it's a safe bet other Yankees living in Houston are feeling the same way right about now. Hot, strong, delicious -- this is the coffee reward one craves after a half-hour shoveling a driveway or before a long commute in a snowstorm. It holds up even when the temperature outside is 90 degrees before 8 a.m., and tastes great when sipped while you're sitting next to the air-conditioning vent in the office.

The Big N' Toasted breakfast sandwich (530 calories, 28 g fat, 1360 mg cholesterol, 26 g protein, 43 g carbs, 4 g sugars) is legitimately good, and certainly a step up from that McMuffin abomination folks are so crazy about. The bread is buttery but not sloppy, so it's tasty without being slippery or messy -- an easy sandwich to eat in the car. DD doubles up on the egg (product), so that's where the 26 grams of protein are coming from, and they use a really thin bacon that's tasty but still easy to eat. (Eating a sandwich one-handed while driving is a whole other ballgame from sitting at one's desk.)

Served in a three-sided paper sack -- again, DD has thought about practical eating logistics for drivers here -- the Big N' Toasted is a lot of food for the 530 calories; you'll feel satisfied via the protein, but the buttery bread, the American cheese and the buttery Texas Toast are indulgent in that salty, greasy, fatty fast-food way that sends us through the drive-through in the first place. An excellent sandwich, which really should have us all rethinking the wisdom of that McMuffin thing.


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