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Where are the best breakfast sandwiches?

Egg and Swiss from Einstein Bros. Bagels

Egg and Swiss from Einstein Bros. Bagels

Lately my morning routine has changed so that twice a week I need to grab a quick breakfast on the go. Like everyone else in this great land of ours, I seem to have settled on the breakfast sandwich as my go-to drive-by breakfast.

I have been trying different ones on my route, with varying degrees of success. I don’t like to eat meat in the morning, so I’ve been munching my way through various combinations of egg and cheese.

I didn’t mind this multigrain bagel from Einstein Bros., bouncy and fluffy with innocuous yellow egg curd and a slice of Swiss cheese subbed for cheddar.

I really hated the gooey, pressed, leathery, steamy bagel from Panera Bread holding an egg puck and dripping napalm gobs of yellow cheese.

But if I’m looking for a good breakfast sandwich, where do I go?

- By John Kessler, Food & More blog

130 comments Add your comment

Chris F

January 31st, 2011
11:54 am

Chicken, egg, and cheese biscuit from Chik Fil A, no doubt.

Mike

January 31st, 2011
12:05 pm

Drip in grant park, make your own breakfast sandwich and taco cabana breakfast tacos with queso and roasted salsa. I know, technically not a sandwich but a great alternative to a breakfast sandwich.

Steve

January 31st, 2011
12:13 pm

I’ve come to realize that no restaurant (chain or otherwise) can beat the toasted bagel, fried egg and cheese sandwich that I make most mornings. There’s nothing special about it, but it’s fresh every time and made how I like it.

The only place I tend to buy breakfast these days (if at all) is Chik-Fil-A. You can’t recreate their chicken biscuit at home, no matter how hard you try.

Foodies

January 31st, 2011
12:18 pm

Chick-fil-A or Goldberg’s Deli… hands down.

Craig

January 31st, 2011
12:23 pm

Alons Bakery and Market Place in Dunwoody has the best egg panni made with a freshly baked ciabatta,eggs,tomatoes,and gruyere cheese

FoodFan

January 31st, 2011
12:23 pm

Belly has really great breakfast sandwiches on those olive oil bagels, but agreed with Steve on the homemade sandwich being the best. If you have time to stop in somewhere & get a breakfast sandwich, you should have time to fry up a couple of eggs with a slice of cheese on toasted bread.

John Kessler

January 31st, 2011
12:30 pm

Craig – That sounds awesome. I’ll definitely check it out. Cool Taco Cabana idea, too.

Atlanta Scene

January 31st, 2011
12:35 pm

There is a new place opening tomorrow on Medlock Br in Johns Creek. Its called Egg Harbor Cafe its out of Chicago area. Check it out John.

nancy

January 31st, 2011
12:40 pm

John said he doesn’t do meat in the morning….so an egg and chesse bisquit from Chick-Fil-A is a GOOD option……….

amy

January 31st, 2011
12:47 pm

Goldbergs or Highland bakery. The fact that Panera and Einsteins even makes something they pass off as a bagel confuses me.

ATLien

January 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

Big fan of the turkey bacon, egg white, cheddar on multigrain muffin at Starbucks.

Andrew H

January 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

El Gato Bizco makes a KILLER bacon egg and cheese biscuit. However, their service is awful so I tend to go elsewhere…

will

January 31st, 2011
1:01 pm

Highland Bakery’s egg sammi is almost too big to get your hands on. Awesome

BigEdAtl

January 31st, 2011
1:15 pm

Someone should clone the biscuit sandwich Noon Midtown had, with Bentons Bacon and other good stuff.

Muffin

January 31st, 2011
1:27 pm

I like Einstein’s and the fact they serve breakfast sandwiches all day. And the fact they have turkey sausage and turkey bacon as an option. When you don’t get much time for lunch, it’s nice to have an alternative to the normal greasy fast food fare but still can get your food relatively quickly. I just got myself a turkey sausage and cheddar egg sandwich from there 10 minutes ago!

jonnymack

January 31st, 2011
1:52 pm

Einstein’s has a pretty good egg white, asparagus and mushroom sandwich on a thin “bagel”. In the absence of a great local breakfast spot it’s a winner.

StephieZ

January 31st, 2011
2:40 pm

My go-to is a wheat everything bagel with egg at Belly. Yum! You can also get their kick ass grits with egg and cheese in them. That’s an easy option to eat while driving. Just shovel in to your mouth when stopped. Highland Bakery has great breakfast sandwiches too.

Robert Givens

January 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

Waffle House

CP

January 31st, 2011
3:01 pm

I’ve always enjoyed eating breakfast at Social House or West Egg… both on Howell Mill Road. West egg has the best biscuits (key ingredient to the breakfast sandwich). Social House serves a great country friend steak that comes with egg and buscuit…. I guess you could technically make it into a sandwich.

RaisedbyWolves

January 31st, 2011
4:11 pm

Bagelmeister in Douglasville. Get the bagels, bring them home, add a smear of regular cream cheese, a slice of lox, onion, tomato and a kosher dill on the side. You have saved enough money to buy the bakers’ dozen w/two cream cheese sides.

CT

January 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

Essex Bagels and Deli in John’s Creek. Right out of New York!!

Mykalo

January 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Social House on Howell Mill..waffle sandwich with gouda cheese

VoiceOfReason

January 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

An egg with fresh spinach, tomato and harvati cheese on an everything bagel. I had this named after me in a small upscale sandwich shop in Providence, RI back in the 90s. Still love it to this day.

VoiceOfReason

January 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

@ StephanieZ

Please send us the route directions for your commute so we can stay out of your way.

M

January 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

Belly’s sea salt bagel with egg and cheese is my favorite sandwich – breakfast or otherwise!

Chuck Eaton

January 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

There really are not a lot of great breakfast sandwich places in town. I’d probably go with Goldbergs. I think they the only place in town that still boils their bagels before they bake them.

Typical Redneck

January 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

Go for a breakfast bowl at Krystal sans the meat or an egg and cheese biscuit from Martin’s.

StephieZ

January 31st, 2011
4:26 pm

@ VoiceOfReason…. haha, you probably do want to stay out of my way. I am a bit of a crazy driver as is:)

Melesa

January 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

R & M Sandwich Shop in Canton has the best breakfast sandwiches! They have a bacon egg and cheese with may and tomato that is to die for!

Atlanta Native

January 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

Waffle House Cheeseburger
Bahn Mi at Quoc Huauong (after 9:00 am)
Ham on Rye at Atlanta Bread Company
Generally anywhere that accepts we no longer live in an agrarian society with no refrigeration and are no longer relegated to salted meats, grains, eggs and other items that were the only ones available on the farm in the AM.

Atlanta Native

January 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

@ Malesa – Agreed on R&M!

Breakfast is my favorite meal

January 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

I can’t believe that nobody has mentioned B.B.’s Bagels in Cumming. Hands down the best bagel I’ve ever had. You can put anything on it and it’s delicious! Their bagels have the perfect consistency (hard on the outside and soft on the inside) and are huge!

Oatmeal for me

January 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

I like my oatmeal, and when I have to head out too early to make it at home I like Starbucks. Tried the McDonalds but it was all fruit and no oatmeal. The reason people like ChickFilA biscuits is that they load them with sugar. Highest carb count among biscuits if you read the nutritional label. Martins has great biscuits and several varieties, but I like Martin’s scrambled eggs–they actually TASTE like eggs and not something that came out of a factory.

Mary B

January 31st, 2011
4:46 pm

CFA is great as is Martin’s but Matthew’s in Tucker is up there too

eat my bagel hole

January 31st, 2011
4:46 pm

goldbergs special…everything bagel with nova lox, cream cheese, capers, tomato, onion, and a coffee…..no better way to kick off a saturday morning

Mattie

January 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

The Einstein Bros on the campus of GA Southern makes a delicious bagel sandwich with egg, spinach, tomato and gruyere cheese. I only get to have it when moving my son in or out of school, but it’s awesome.

If I’m just having a bagel with butter, I’ll head to Bagel Boys In Alpharetta. One sesame bagel please!

The Happy Cooker

January 31st, 2011
4:56 pm

I enjoyed your posts as I always eat at home to control nutritional quality and calories. Will look up some of the nutritional information online as some of those places sounded intriguing. Thanks!

Shelly

January 31st, 2011
4:57 pm

The breakfast biscuit sandwich at the Flying Biscuit bakery.

John Kessler

January 31st, 2011
5:00 pm

Some great ideas here. I like Belly, too, but the last couple of times the shredded cheese didn’t melt and just fell out all over the place. Tasty bagel-like bread substance, though…

Jenny

January 31st, 2011
5:02 pm

Has anyone tried empire state south biscuits/sandwiches or metrofresh breakfast (three scrambled egg whites with spinach and salsa fresca)? I haven’t but I would have been wondering how they are.

Sara

January 31st, 2011
5:07 pm

Love Stone Soup’s Grab n’ Go sammy! SOOO Good and fills me up for the day!

The Big Maru

January 31st, 2011
5:12 pm

Back before the Westside got gentrified, I worked in that area. One time, one of my day laborers (in a successful attempt to gain my favor and persuade me to find him some work) brought me a breakfast sandwich from a local hole in the wall: Scrambled eggs, American cheese, sausage patties, and mayo on buttered white toast. Weighed about 5 pounds, felt like 10 after I ate it, but man was it tasty!

Don’t know where he got it and I haven’t had one since. Probably a wise decision.

les30307

January 31st, 2011
5:13 pm

My favorite breakfast on the go is Bojangles Cajun Filet Biscuit. Too bad there’s none ITP!

Tony

January 31st, 2011
5:14 pm

I love the ham,egg & cheese on a hard roll at Hoboken Bakery on Sandy Plains Rd in Marietta.

Jason

January 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

Bagelicious on Johnson’s Ferry. Best bagels outside of New York or Detroit!

kevin

January 31st, 2011
5:18 pm

The scrambled egg pressed panini at Sun in My Belly is pretty tough to beat. Golderg’s is also quite yummy.

Good Food Eater

January 31st, 2011
5:22 pm

MetroFresh has a new breakfast menu. They have a different breakfast burrito every weekday. It’s yummy.

JesusFreak

January 31st, 2011
5:23 pm

BB’s Bagels in Alpharetta are the real deal, straight from the Bronx. Real NY cream cheese and some lox – yum! For the Southern breakfast, Martins is a favorite.

g

January 31st, 2011
5:23 pm

Don’t hate me but the good ole Egg McMuffin is awesome. Fat levels lower than a CFA bicuit due to the muffin and Canadian bacon instead of the lard laden biscuit and fried chicken. The egg is broken fresh….not like the “egg whites” at so many places. I know, it’s Mickey D’s but it gets good reviews from the health crowd and tastes pretty darn good. Of course, my real favorite is the Chicken egg and cheese on sunflower bagle from CFA……WHEN I don’t make my own at home…..

Miss Michelle

January 31st, 2011
5:26 pm

Bacon, egg, cheese croissant at Sammiches across from the DeKalb County Courthouse – you go Mr. David!!!!!