Ahh, the nuances of the breakfast sandwich. Last week I discovered the breakfast sandwich on an English muffin (not that different, really), this week I found the cheapest: Egg, ham or bacon, cheese on a roll. Guess how much (pretend I don’t give the answer away in the title of the blog post)? Just $2! Even the corner deli charges $2.50 – in sandwich terms, an additional 20% – for that combo.
And it’s not a bad sandwich: The cook shaves off slices of ham on the delicatessen-grade meat and cheese slicer – you know, that huge one where they slide the loaf of meat back-and-forth – while the eggs bubble away on the cooktop; the ham and cheese are then piled on top of the eggs until the whole stack is heated through and the cheese begins to melt. The chef then transfers the hot mess to a fresh-sliced roll via a wide griddle spatula, gives a couple of shakes of the salt and pepper, closes the thing up and with one deft move (that he’s clearly done a thousand times) slices the sandwich in half, and bundles up the foil.
I feel somewhat vindicated in my aghast-ness at Dean & Deluca’s $6 breakfast sandwich – for someone, that could have been breakfast sandwiches for three days.
[ED NOTE: The sandwich can be found at J.L.H. Deli, 307 W. 38th St. between 8th and 9th avenues. Missed adding that first time around.]