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Fast Food Chains With the Best Breakfast Menus

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Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne’s big, soft, fresh-baked pretzels work perfectly well for breakfast — especially the cinnamon sugar, raisin, or sweet almond varieties. Some 20 airport locations, however — including Baltimore-Washington, George Bush International in Houston, LaGuardia and Newark, Tampa International, Denver International, and St. Louis — also serve breakfast sandwiches. Though the selection is small and conventional (egg and cheese and a couple of meat variations), the fact that they’re made with fresh-baked pretzel rolls earns the chain a place on this list.

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It’s a breakfast-all-day kind of place at this fried chicken emporium and biscuit-lover’s paradise. The famed Bojangles biscuits, crumbly and rich, elevate the menu to morning star status. You can get them plain or cloaked in sausage gravy, or 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; or breaded fried steak or fried chicken filet.

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Burger King

Like some of its competitors, this chain offers breakfast burritos as well as breakfast sandwiches with various combinations of ingredients on a choice of maple waffles, croissants, or biscuits. On the other hand, the real breakfast specialty here is the BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter — a combination of scrambled eggs (in the usual fast-food rectangular form), a sausage patty, hash browns, a biscuit, and three syrup-drizzled pancakes. That’s a hefty 930-calorie start to your day.

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Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s

This chain, known as Carl’s Jr. in the West and Hardee’s elsewhere in the country, leads off with a slightly unusual morning sandwich: a 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. If you’re not the a.m. burger type, the chain also serves biscuits (plain, with gravy, and in several breakfast sandwich variations); breakfast burritos; and grilled cheese sandwiches enhanced with sausage, bacon, or ham.

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Order a buttered biscuit, a sunflower multigrain bagel, or an English muffin at this chicken sandwich chain, if that’s what you’re in the mood for, or choose a conventional breakfast sandwich on a biscuit or muffin. But the smart play here is chicken biscuits — either a full-size one or four Chick-n-Minis (in effect chicken sandwich sliders) — or a combo of chicken, egg, and cheese on a bagel. (If you’re in a healthy mood, there’s also a Greek yogurt parfait and a fresh fruit cup.)

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