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Fast Food Chains With the Best Breakfast Menus

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Auntie Anne’s

You could easily make a breakfast out of Auntie Anne’s cinnamon sugar, raisin, or sweet almond pretzels dunked in caramel or sweet glaze dip — but some airport locations (including those in Newark, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Denver, Nashville, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.) also serve breakfast sandwiches. Though the selection is small and conventional (egg and cheese; bacon, egg, and cheese; and sausage, egg, and cheese), the fact that they’re made with fresh-baked pretzel rolls earns the chain a place on this “best” list.

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Bojangles

This fried chicken chain is a breakfast-all-day kind of place, and a paradise for biscuit-lovers. Fresh-baked biscuits, crumbly and rich, are the thing here. You can get them plain or draped, Southern-style, in sausage gravy — but they also come filled with egg and cheese; egg and sausage; egg and country ham; bacon, egg, and cheese; just sausage or country ham without egg or cheese; and breaded fried steak or fried chicken filet.

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Burger King

This is the place for those who don’t want to mess around with just a single hand-held breakfast sandwich. The specialty here is the BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter — a combo plate of scrambled eggs (formed into the usual fast food rectangle), a sausage patty, hash browns, a biscuit, and three syrup-drizzled pancakes. That’s a hefty 1,170-calorie start to your day. If that’s a little too much, the chain also offers a platter of just sausage and pancakes as well as breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches with various combinations of ingredients on a choice of maple waffles, croissants, or biscuits.

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Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s

Fancy waking up to a hamburger? This chain, which operates under two different names (it’s Carl’s Jr. in the West, Hardee’s elsewhere in the country), has you covered with its Breakfast Burger. This is a burger patty with egg, bacon, American cheese, Hash Rounds (little disks of hash browns), and ketchup on a sesame-seed bun. Slightly more traditionally, the chain also offers biscuits (plain, with gravy, and in the usual breakfast sandwich variations — plus one with chorizo and egg); breakfast burritos; and grilled cheese sandwiches with sausage, bacon, or ham.

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Chick-fil-A

You can get a plain buttered biscuit, a sunflower multigrain bagel, or an English muffin at this controversial chicken sandwich chain, or a conventional breakfast sandwich on a biscuit or muffin. But why would you, when the other choices include chicken biscuits (a full-size one or four Chick-n-Minis — call them chicken sandwich sliders) or chicken, egg, and cheese on a bagel? If you’re in a healthy mood, there’s also a fresh fruit cup and a Greek yogurt parfait.

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