Breakfast: $3.75 Breakfast Burrito that Doesn’t Suck, Imagine That!

photo“How much is that breakfast burrito?” 
          “$3.75.”
“How much is that vegetable omelette?”
        “$3.75. But the difference is, the potatoes go into the burrito and with the omelette, they’re on the side. They’re just there on the plate there for the display.”

So I’ve heard a couple of rumors of a breakfast cart in the neighborhood that does breakfast sandwiches with a meat option of real chorizo; I know where it is but I haven’t had the morning window of time to quite get there yet. 

So I had a soft spot in my heart already when I found this display at Amici 36 deli (which, if you check out the link, you’ll see I frequent on occasion) — despite the whole-wheat tortilla, which reminds me of a wrap in an unpleasant way. (And I don’t like wraps.)

I think I found a little gem: 

photo-1— First entry into the breakfast sandwich tag/category that hasn’t begged for a dribble of Mexican-style hot sauce. I think it’s just that right combination of egg, cheese, meat and potato in one bite. Mmm…

— If you want a sausage in your breakfast burrito, which would otherwise cost an additional $1.50 to any other breakfast, but comes optionally-included in the burrito… I think that’s called a loophole.

Amici 36, southwest corner of W. 36th Street and 8th Avenue, NYC

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Breakfast: The Only Way a $2 Breakfast Sandwich Is Improved? Cholula.

How many months have I been eating this meal called “breakfast” while working in Midtown? More than several, less than a dozen. 

photoHow many months since I discovered the deli egg, ham and cheese breakfast sandwich have I been thinking that I need to bring in a bottle of hot sauce to keep at the desk (I am my father’s daughter)? Oh, more than several, less than a dozen. 

And today, I finally did it. I finally brought in my own mini-sized, wooden screw-cap bottle of Cholula ($2.99 at Food Emporium) to keep on hand for just such purposes as bland egg sandwiches. Breakfast at the desk will never be the same again.*

*(As long as I’m at this desk, at least.)

Skipped: The “What-To-Do-About-Breakfast” Post

I powered through one of the Healthy Kids Tropicana orange juices that I fell in love with a few weeks ago on my walk to the subway this morning, and tossed the container without even a second thought of taking a photo because I had every intention of slipping out and grabbing a $2 breakfast sandwich about 10-10:30 am.

The next thing I knew, the next time I checked the clock on my computer screen, it was 10:57 am, and I missed my opportunity. (Most delis close their grills at 11 am to prep for lunch service, if not a few minutes earlier, and they’re pretty hardcore about it.) Ugghhhh.

I decided, at this point, to stick it out and make it an early lunch …

Breakfast: The $2 Breakfast Sandwich

photo(2)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.

photoAnd 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.]