Special Report

Fast Food Chains With the Best Breakfast Menus

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Del Taco

A California-based chain with locations in the West and South as well as the Detroit area, Del Taco establishes its breakfast bona fides with its Huevos Rancheros Epic Burrito — an 1,120-calorie extravaganza consisting of two corn tortillas and a flour tortilla wrapped around scrambled eggs, chorizo, beans, cheddar cheese, avocado, sour cream, and roasted chile salsa. More modest breakfast burritos are also on the menu, as is a Breakfast Toasted Wrap, which is a griddle-browned flour tortilla enclosing scrambled eggs, hash brown sticks, cheddar, salsa, and a choice of meats including bacon, chorizo, and carne asada.

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Dunkin’ Donuts

To begin with, of course, there are doughnuts, the ultimate breakfast treat — glazed, double chocolate, powdered sugar, jelly, glazed blueberry, and at least seven other varieties currently. But Dunkin’ also serves a full complement of croissant and English muffin “all-day” breakfast sandwiches, including one with turkey sausage and one with egg whites. The same combinations are also available in the form of Wake-Up Wraps.

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Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box has been serving breakfast items all day since 1969, including the first-ever breakfast sandwich (eggs, meat, and cheese on an English muffin). These days, the chain’s Jumbo Breakfast Platter gives Burger King’s BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter a run for its money. It’s crowded with scrambled eggs (loose, not formed into a rectangle like the BK entry), hash browns, eight mini pancakes, and a choice of bacon or sausage — all for a caloric load of a mere 540 (with bacon) or 621 (with sausage). That’s just the beginning, though. The breakfast menu here goes on to encompass 11 breakfast sandwiches, made variously on grilled sourdough toast rounds, biscuits, bagels, or croissants — along with a couple of hearty meat and egg burritos.

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McDonald’s

McDonald’s may not have invented the breakfast sandwich, but the idea really took off only after it introduced its now-iconic Egg McMuffin in 1971. As of 1977, all McDonald’s have had a breakfast menu, and in 2015, capitalizing on the popularity of its ever-growing selection of morning offerings, the chain introduced all-day breakfast featuring most of the morning items. The McDonald’s equivalent of the Burger King and Jack in the Box platters is its 750-calorie Big Breakfast — loose scrambled eggs, a biscuit, a sausage patty, and hash browns. Beyond that and both an Egg and a Sausage McMuffin, there are breakfast sandwiches on biscuits, bagels, and a company-branded waffle-muffin hybrid called the McGriddle. Hotcakes and a sausage and egg burrito fill out the choices.

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Shake Shack

Most Shake Shacks don’t serve breakfast, but if you happen upon one in Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station, Washington D.C.’s Union Station, or one of three airports — LAX, JFK, and Dubai International — you’re in luck. American cheese, griddled cage-free eggs, all-natural pork sausage or applewood-smoked bacon, and a Martin Potato Roll, with fresh-squeezed organic orange juice and custom Stumptown blend coffee on the side…. It’s all almost as good as ShackBurger and a chocolate shake.

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