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Starbucks Breakfast Wrap Almost Worth the Average Cup of Joe

The plain whole wheat exterior belies the happiness inside.
The plain whole wheat exterior belies the happiness inside.
Photos by Christina Uticone

As ambivalent as I am about Starbucks coffee, I'm really starting to warm up to its food. Over the last year I have had considerable luck with Starbucks' breakfast sandwiches as well as their fruit-and-cheese "Bistro Box," so it didn't feel like too much of a risk when I recently ordered a spinach and feta breakfast wrap; after all, I love spinach, I love eggs and I love feta cheese. The woman who took my order enthused that this was her favorite Starbucks breakfast sandwich, and then upsold me from a regular coffee to a soy latte -- she was smooth.

To complete the "Mediterranean feel" of the wrap, Starbucks also throws on herbed, diced tomatoes. I'm not sure why they don't include "tomatoes" in the name -- I would be even more inclined to order a dish with tomatoes on it -- so it was a nice surprise. Conversely, I have to think someone who doesn't like tomatoes would be unpleasantly surprised.

It ain't pretty, but it's pretty tasty. (Sorry, I was hungry, and tore this open like a wild animal.)
It ain't pretty, but it's pretty tasty. (Sorry, I was hungry, and tore this open like a wild animal.)

My wrap took just a few minutes to assemble -- my latte wasn't even cool enough to sip by the time my name was called. Wrapped in paper, the breakfast "sandwich" was piping-hot -- I had to wrap it in a napkin just to carry it back to my table. When I opened it up, I have to admit it didn't look like much, kind of on the small side, with a few stray tomatoes peeking out of the end where the wrap came apart. When I tore the wrap in half, steam came pouring out of the center; the wheat wrap was almost as soft as a white flour wrap.

The bottom line is that this is a winner of a wrap. The eggs (free range, according to the Starbucks Web site) are obviously "egg product," but they aren't too rubbery, and inoffensively average. If it weren't for the extras -- the feta, the sun-dried tomatoes and the spinach -- this would be a whole different review. But the feta is sharp and salty, and the tomatoes are both bright with acidity and rich with a depth of flavor that is almost sun-dried tomato-like. The filling-to-wrap ratio is perfect, and I like that this is a neat, clean fast-food option -- a cinch to eat when you're on the go.

Not only would I not hesitate to recommend the Starbucks spinach and feta wrap, I wouldn't hesitate to eat it again. And I didn't hesitate -- I went back the very next day and got another.

Nutrition info: 290 calories, 10 g fat, 830 mg sodium, 33 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 19 g protein, 6 g fiber



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