We admit that it’s a bit of a stretch to file this post in the food category, but after a long night out, a fast-food breakfast sandwich can be pretty damn tasty. With that in mind a gang of Torontoist’s finest minds (Patrick Metzger, David Topping, Karen Whaley, Christopher Bird, and myself) got together one morning and decided to stack up the classic Egg McMuffin against the upstart Tim Horton’s Egg, Cheese and Bacon/Sausage sandwich.
Which sandwich comes out on top?
The Egg McMuffin edges out Tim Horton’s here. The McDonald’s product looks better, more professional, and more factory produced than Timmy’s sloppy looking product. Patrick Metzger noticed that the biscuit has a light glaze or sheen and looks incredibly fatty. “[The Tim Hortons sandwich] looks like your hungover friend put it together,” remarked Christopher Bird.
Things change when the panel takes a bite out of the sandwiches. Tim Horton’s seems to have turned the table on McDonald’s. “The biscuit does make it very rich and the cheese is better. It’s rich but in a good way,” Bird said. Or have they? “This is definitely more delicious but I do feel like I’m going to have a heart attack,” commented Karen Whaley.
The Tim Horton’s sausage sandwich gets high marks with one panelist pointing out the “peppery taste” and added flavour. However, Tim’s bacon sandwich gets middling reviews. It seems a little limp, and flavourless, but what can you expect from mass produced bacon?
Chalk it up to familiarity but the Egg McMuffin takes a critical drubbing from every corner. “The Muffin looks like your could put it in a fallout shelter and eat it 20 years later,” Bird remarked. Metzger seems to have nailed McDonald’s marketing strategy saying that “the McDonald’s [sandwich] has a very bland quality to it. It’s for small children and people with no teeth.”
Tim Horton’s: 4
“Whereas I wouldn’t go to McDonald’s, I would actually go to Tim Horton’s again for this sandwich.” – Karen Whaley
Two of our panelists reported feeling a little queasy after the taste test and Whaley even reported heartburn. “Four hours later, I have heartburn and I NEVER get heartburn,” she said. Coincidence? We think not. Our final piece of advice: stay away from both these sandwiches and have a nice bowl of sugary cereal instead.
Photos from David Topping.