Tri Tip Grill Should Use Dunkin as Inspiration

Dunkin Donuts Big 'N' Tasty

Like many other Lunch’ers, my morning commute brings me right by a Dunkin Donuts (not all that surprising since it’s the most prevalent chain in the city). Yesterday morning, as I made my coffee run, I noticed signage for their new Big ‘N’ Tasty, a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich that appeared to be cradled between two slices of French Toast–$4.99 with a medium coffee combo–aka a bacon topped mass market knockoff of one of my favorite breakfasts at Shopsin’s, the So Good. Even though I knew that this 590 calorie monstrosity was likely to disappoint, I had to at least give it a shot.

Dunkin Donuts Big 'N' Tasty
Before I received my order I asked if the sandwich did indeed come on French toast. The guy behind the counter manning the warming box thing said it was “like French toast.” Well, this was Texas toast and not like French toast at all except that they both have “toast” in their name.

Dunkin Donuts Big 'N' Tasty
Upon examination the toast actually appeared more toasty on the inside of the sandwich than the outside. And for a sandwich that included 2 eggs, 4 slices of bacon and cheese, it was remarkably bread and dry (I suppose that’s Texas toast done Dunkin Donuts style for you.) Suffice it to say that the eggs were spongey and cooked through and the bacon lacked the delicious crispiness that you see in the ad. Like last week’s Reverse Boston Creme this is another skip. But it did get me thinking…Tri Tip grill with their bourbon French toast, fried to order eggs and crisp bacon could do this concept up right. Consider the gauntlet thrown, Tri Tippers!


  • what’s with all the Dunkin reviews lately? new theme for the site? ;)

    • Marketing money infusion perhaps?

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      maybe they rubbed him the wrong way and now he is getting back at them by reviewing their foods and telling us to not eat them? possibly a dunkin employee is on the site somewhere recommending this stuff?

    • Midtown Lunch -> Chain Breakfast

      jesus wept

    • Haha, no Dunkin conspiracy. I grew up in New England. We’re freaks for Dunkin. Try as I might to avoid it, I walk by one every morning, sometimes the signage for new stuff gets the best of me. I’m still holding out hope that the NY chains will one day carry the elusive Butternut doughnut:, but it hasn’t happened yet.

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        Brownie – those Butternut donuts were around outside the city when I was growing up, though geez that was 15-20 years ago. Oops.

        Also – I’m as much a Dunkin lover (and a NY snob) as the next man, but what do you think about my theory that Dunkin coffee, particularly iced, gets less good the farther away from Boston/MA you get? There’s just something missing from DD coffee in NYC that is in there in Massachusetts. I don’t understand it.

      • You can still find Butternuts in New England, but I haven’t found them in a single DD in NYC. Sigh.

  • Having lived in Boston for 9 years I can see where you’re coming from “crazique”. But I think it’s more likely that the farther away you get from Boston, the better the coffee is in general… so you realize that Dunkin just isn’t that great.

  • Everything in there wreaks of not so fresh.

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