Fast Food Review: Breakfast Arrives at Taco Bell
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”
We’ve all heard that since we were little kids. A balanced breakfast gets your body going. It gives you the energy to get through the day. That is all good and well, but the older I’ve gotten, the harder it has become to set aside the time in the morning to whip something up. It sounds easy to grab a bowl of cereal — or a piece of fruit — but I’m much more likely to run out the door empty-handed and empty-stomached (if that is even a saying).
When I do happen to eat something, I often find myself at the drive-thru window at my local Dunkin’ Donuts, or possibly McDonald’s, grabbing a bagel or breakfast sandwich. It’s far from the healthiest way to start the day, but I write a fast food blog so I’m not really sure what you expect.
As of March 27th, however, this is all about to change.
Taco Bell has jumped into the breakfast game with the release of its new morning menu. Participating locations are now serving breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 am. Naturally, I made a trip at 7:00 am on the first day and got my hands on almost everything they offer.
Waffle Taco – Sausage ($2.29)
The Waffle Taco is the item that got the most publicity with the breakfast release, so let’s start there. The shell of the “taco” is a warm waffle, and mine was filled with a sausage patty, scrambled eggs and topped with melted cheese. It comes with a side of syrup, which serves as a great compliment to the sausage and helps to re-create a familiar breakfast taste. The filling of the Waffle Taco is the highlight of this item. I am admittedly not a huge fan of breakfast sausage, but it is a breakfast staple and more than satisfactory here. My scrambled eggs were well cooked (not runny), and the melted cheese was another great layer of flavor.
Unfortunately, this item fell apart with the waffle shell. The waffle was warm but not at all crispy. When I took my first bite, I got the feeling that the waffle had been microwaved (not a huge surprise). The waffle was almost soggy and extremely rubbery. I had a hard time finishing the “taco”, and I ended up eating the eggs and sausage with a fork and tossing the second half of the shell in the trash. The Waffle Taco is also offered with bacon, but I’m going to pass on this item until they start putting some grill marks on the waffle.
A.M. Crunchwrap – Bacon ($2.99)
The A.M. Crunchwrap is a play on the Crunchwrap Supreme that has become a top seller with Taco Bell. Filled with scrambled eggs, a hash brown, melted cheddar cheese and bacon, this Cruncwrap is a whole new approach. All that goodness is wrapped up in a tortilla and grilled shut to form an edible, hexagon-shaped carrying pocket. Taco Bell also added a little kick to the Crunchwrap by sneaking in some spicy sauce. There is a lot going on with this item. The blend of scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon works extremely well, and the hash brown helps to give the meal some texture and density while also providing a solid base for the Crunchwrap. Without the hash brown there wouldn’t be enough to this wrap to fill you up. The star of the show though is the sauce. Scrambled eggs aren’t the most flavorful food, so the sauce is used to wake up the flavors and remind you that you are eating breakfast at a Mexican restaurant. The A.M. Crunchwrap is also offered with sausage or steak. I’m not sure how the sausage would pair with the spicy sauce, but the steak option seems like another winner.
Steak and Egg Burrito ($2.79)
My oversized breakfast wrapped up with what turned out to be my most enjoyable item: The Steak and Egg Burrito. The burrito is filled with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese, “marinated, premium thick cut steak”, and the same spicy sauce that was used in the A.M. Crunchwrap. Breakfast burritos are nothing new, but Taco Bell hit the nail on the head with this interpretation. The success of this burrito hinges greatly on the ratio of ingredients. Too much steak would make the burrito heavy, and too little would turn it into an egg and cheese rollup. Taco Bell did a great job of getting plenty of steak into the burrito while still allowing the eggs to dictate the breakfast theme. The steak that Taco Bell uses has received mixed reviews over the years, but I’ve always been a fan, and there is no better way to start the day then with a hearty serving of steak! The breakfast burrito is also offered with bacon or sausage, so there is something for every breakfast palate.
If you are looking for something sweeter for breakfast, Taco Bell still has you covered. Cinnabon® Delights have been on the menu for a few months, but they have been rebranded as a breakfast offering. Delights are bite-sized pastries that are filled with the classic Cinnabon® frosting and lightly covered in cinnamon sugar. These quick bites pack all the tastes that make the full-sized Cinnabon® rolls so irresistible! Taco Bell is promoting them as a 12-pack, but they are also sold in packs of four. If you are grabbing the Delights as a side to your breakfast meal you will be well served with four, but if you are looking to fill up on Cinnabon® you should treat yourself to a 12-pack.
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There are a few other items that fill out the breakfast menu, but my stomach wouldn’t allow me to get any further. As value items, Taco Bell offers A.M. Grilled Tacos with either bacon or sausage, a Sausage Flatbread Melt, and individual Hash Browns (similar to McDonald’s). If you are looking for a morning drink, Taco Bell also now serves hot coffee and Tropicana® Orange Juice. I don’t drink coffee, so I’m no expert there, but I asked the cashier how it was and she hesitated before saying, “It’s honestly not the best.”
You may want to proceed with caution when it comes to the coffee, but after taking my first run through the new breakfast menu I would absolutely recommend a morning trip to Taco Bell. If breakfast foods aren’t your thing, Taco Bell does offer their full menu during the breakfast hours so you can always grab a Doritos Locos Taco or Grilled Stuft Nacho!