Hunting for Bellingham’s best coffee-stand breakfast sandwich

rewrite this title Attempting to find Bellingham’s finest coffee-stand breakfast sandwich
Summarize this content material to 100 phrases It’s 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. I’m about to eat 11 breakfast sandwiches. I’m stone-cold sober.  A drive-through espresso and accompanying breakfast sandwich is a quintessential a part of commuter life within the Pacific Northwest. And why shouldn’t or not it’s? We’ve a optimistic glut of espresso stands, all with their accompanying fanbases. A Cool Beans barista passes a espresso out of the drive-through window. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) So on this sunny April morning, I’m going from espresso stand to espresso stand to hopefully reply the query: Who makes one of the best breakfast sandwich? The bottom guidelines are pretty easy. That is restricted to drive-through espresso stands throughout the metropolis limits of Bellingham. Additionally they (clearly) have to supply breakfast sandwiches. Following a little bit of a deep dive into grainy Google Maps pictures of menus, I conclude that the most typical denominator is a breakfast sandwich with sausage, served on a bagel. There’s a couple of outliers, however for essentially the most half, that’s a simple discover. The contenders We begin our crawl at…. McDonald’s. I can hear the boos and the hisses — however please, reader, enable me to elucidate myself. All the things else on this record is a smaller, native model, worthy of spotlight, however the Golden Arches serves as an important benchmark. Mark Saleeb begins his journey to search out one of the best drive-through breakfast sandwich at McDonald’s. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) Mark Saleeb opens a bagel-and-sausage sandwich from McDonald’s. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) Up immediately is the McDonald’s bagel and sausage sandwich, for $5.99. Sure, McDonald’s has bagels once more. And you understand what? The sausage bagel isn’t excellent. It makes use of a folded egg and a unusually yellow sauce that seems to fluoresce in daylight. The sausage is okay, however is overwhelmed by the flavour of that sauce — a taste not fully not like margarine. Subsequent door is likely one of the many Cruisin’ Espresso places. With its iconic spherical buildings, Cruisin’ is a serious participant in Whatcom County — however how’s the bagel? At $5.15, it’s cheaper than McDonald’s and encompasses a gentle, candy, cakey bagel of the sort so frequent in grocery shops. The bagel confirmed indicators of being toasted, however was gentle and uniformly sizzling sufficient that it’s clear the entire thing was microwaved after being constructed. The sausage is delicate and peppery, the egg in puck type, cheese American. It’s comforting in its basic-ness. For velocity and ubiquity, this can be a nice choice. Cruisin’ Espresso has many places round Bellingham, together with on Bakerview Street and Hannegan Street. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) Throughout the road at Little Canine Espresso Co., the breakfast sandwiches take the tack of “artisanal” very significantly — beginning with worth. A base breakfast sandwich is $7.99, and the usage of a bagel provides upwards of a greenback relying on the sort. Plain is on the decrease finish, however that is nonetheless functionally a $10 bagel sandwich. What you get for that cash is a correctly toasted sandwich. The cheese is bubbly and browned, the bagel crispy on the skin and gentle inside. Taste-wise, it’s just about the identical because the Cruisin’ Espresso bagel.  Woods Espresso, everybody’s favourite forest-themed espresso store, sadly doesn’t have a bagel sandwich — nevertheless it does have a biscuit. For the sake of masking my bases, I gave it a strive. At $6.70, it stings, particularly because it’s essentially the identical egg puck/sausage patty/American cheese combo seen on the final three drive-throughs. Little Canine Espresso Firm gives “artisanal” bagel sandwiches. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) Woods Espresso serves biscuit sandwiches. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) Brewed Awakening was up subsequent. It has a wonderful breakfast burrito, however I used to be right here for a bagel — which come from the Bagelry, a lot to my shock. At solely $4.50, it’s additionally extremely reasonably priced. A slight miscommunication resulted in my receiving a bacon bagel breakfast sandwich. Bravely, I championed on. All that to say, the precise filling of the bagel was no completely different than each different spot we had been to up to now. The Bagelry bagel alone propels this sandwich to the highest of the leaderboards. Upon arrival at Zoom Zoom Espresso, I made able to order The Hockey Puck ($4.85), their amusingly named bagel and sausage breakfast sandwich. Alas, their oven had simply gone down. Whereas they get no factors on this competitors on this event, they’re included in my record to go off the inevitable emails about how I forgot a spot.  The Lodge was up subsequent. It had one choice that largely match the invoice: The Traditional, for $6.50, contains not solely sausage, but in addition bacon. It’s actually greater and heavier than the competitors up to now, with the addition of a few strips of crisp bacon to offer a textural offset and a bit extra salt. The remainder of it was fairly squarely consistent with its rivals. This pulls forward when you’re on the lookout for one thing extra hearty, or are an enormous fan of pork breakfast meats. The Bean Cease is situated on Lincoln Road. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) The Bean Cease, up subsequent, has one choice on its menu, merely referred to as Breakfast Sandwich. At $4.25, it is available in as the most cost effective choice I attempted. The worth was defined upon opening the foil wrapper. It’s, to my extremely attuned palate, an identical to the croissant breakfast sandwiches that may be present in gasoline station fridges throughout America. In case you’re not on the lookout for that nostalgia hit, it could be finest left alone.  Cool Beans‘ entrant is available in at $4.75, tax included. They get some extent in my guide only for having a “what you see is what you pay” menu worth. The sausage patty on this particular sandwich was considerably bigger than lots of the others I had up to now immediately, with functionally an identical flavors throughout the board elsewhere. The bagel was similar to the one at Cruisin’ Espresso — candy and cakey.  I Wana Moka was the final cease on our campaign at $5.75. With a crispy toasted Bagelry bagel and essentially the most uniform construct of any sandwich I attempted immediately, it pulls out to the lead. The presentation, sliced in half by way of the wrapping paper, isn’t simply aesthetically pleasing — it helps you get to the tasty inside with out having to chew by way of dry bagel first, as is so typically the case with quickly-assembled breakfast sandwiches. Mark Saleeb prepares to chow down on a Brewed Awakening breakfast sandwich. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Each day Information) The successful sandwiches Whereas breakfast sandwiches would possibly differ in worth and title, my takeaway is the distinction price noting got here all the way down to the precise bagel used. I Wana Moka and Brewed Awakening each present a tangible improve with their use of Bagelry bagels instead of the long-shelf-life, cake-like bagels generally seen elsewhere.  However the determination to go to at least one espresso stand or one other just isn’t made solely on the standard of a breakfast sandwich — a handy location, the standard of the espresso, various drinks like Pink Bull Italian sodas and Lotus, or a very pleasant barista do a lot of the heavy lifting. Whereas patronizing my high two spots shall be future choice, it’s secure to say that staying common at your favourite espresso stand might be not going to guide you astray.  Mark Saleeb is a frequent enjoyer of meals. Discover him at instagram.com/eats.typically.