I won't mention which restaurant I visited this time around, since there are probably 20+ in the Dayton area, and there is very little variation between them. If you're like me, when you think of Burger King, you probably think of 2 things. First, you may get a mouthwatering memory of their flame broiled burgers - which I'll say up front I prefer over most other places. Second, you probably visualize those strange commercials featuring the Burger King. The Burger King has actually been around in advertising for decades, but hasn't been featured as prominently as, say Wendy is at Wendy's, until fairly recently. Most of the commercials show "the King" (not Elvis) in bed with some guy who is just waking up, and looks surprised to find a guy with a crown offering him breakfast in bed. The commercials go on to say "Wake up with the King". Now I don't know about you, but even if a strange guy was offering me fantastic fare in bed when I woke up, I'd probably be a little more than excited about the food. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether the commercials are crass, creative, obnoxious, humorous, disturbing, or some combination. You can't deny that they stick in your head afterward, though.
On to the food. We got a batch of coupons in the mail, many of which feature buy 1 get 1 free specials. The focus is on the "New BK Breakfast", but there are coupons for Whoppers and chicken sandwiches, too. I'll include them, since there is nothing about photocopies not being accepted. (they obviously want to get lots of these coupons out there, because they handed me two more packs of them when I used one) We tried out the "Ultimate Breakfast Platter", and the "Breakfast Ciabatta Club". Later on, I also tried out the Croissan'wich.
Our initial experience wasn't so hot. For example, the Ciabatta Club was rather cold, and had to be warmed up. They forgot to give me any syrup for my pancakes. Surprisingly, it also took them about 8 minutes to get my food ready, which was a bit longer than I expected, since it was supposed to be fast food. I got the sense that the servers were still getting the kinks out, and actually heard someone in the back say "That took longer than I thought it would.", to another worker.
The Croissan'wich was average fare, but not as filling for the buck - especially the bacon version. The one with a sausage patty seemed rather hefty by comparison. The bacon Croissan'wich replaced a large sausage patty with 4 half slices of bacon. I'd guess that they have about 8% the bulk of the sausage, so if you ate them both back to back, you'd probably come across thinking they forgot to put something on the bacon one.
Of all the choices, the Ciabatta Club turned out to be my favorite, at least once it was warmed up. It had a full, RIPE slice of tomato, scrambled egg, plus ham and bacon. Great taste, and the bread itself had a sort of sourdough texture to it. If you're apt to try just one thing from this breakfast menu, make it the BK Breakfast Ciabatta Club.
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