Fast Food Review: Egg White English Muffin Melt from Subway
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Subway started offering breakfast nationwide this past week. As you’ve also probably read by now, the new Subway English Muffin Melts apparently suck. At least according to our friends at Would I Buy it Again? and Slashfood.com, who were both highly critical of Subway’s decision to step into the breakfast market. Despite these negative reviews I’ve long been a fan of Subway’s healthy, construction-based approach to sandwich making, and decided to swing by my local Subway the other morning to try the Muffin Melt out. Coming in five different, yet customizable, options, I chose to indulge in the Black Forest Ham, Egg and Cheese Melt:
Helllooo delicious! Enjoy tasty Black Forest Ham, melted cheese, and egg whites all on a fresh toasted English muffin. Oh what a way to start the day!
Before I get to the sandwich itself, let me just say that my sandwich maker was very patient and helpful with my decision making process in ordering. Subway gets a bad rap for service and I guess it depends on your location, but considering I can be a fickle decision maker when thinking up my creations, I have to give this particular young lady a lot of credit.
In terms of its construction, the “Sandwich Artist” inserted the single slice of black forest ham between the two slices of cooked egg whites, and layered a hefty amount of mozzarella (I’d say about 1/4th of a cup, but she was actually ready to add more before I told her that was plenty) between the folded-over slice of ham. I found this layout to be most pleasing once the sandwich was toasted, and felt like the salty and rich mozzarella (which I’d call “pizza-chain” grade) really gave a great kick to the ham, which despite its own saltiness did contain sweeter notes. The ham itself was flavorful and didn’t come across as cheap or enhanced, reflecting an unmatched quality that I’ve yet to encounter at other fast food places. Rounding all these flavors out was of course the vegetables, which lent crunch (red and banana peppers), sweetness (tomato and red onion), and even a hint of pepper (spinach.) I found each bite to be packed with flavor, with the sweet nature of the whole wheat English muffin bringing it all together.
There were however some down sides to the construction. Be forewarned; if you don’t know what toppings are best toasted, you do have the capability to shoot yourself in the foot when making this puppy. I’d suggest toasting the red onions and possibly the peppers with your melt, but leaving the other toppings until post-toaster oven. Also, the amount of toppings WILL overwhelm the English muffin, which because of its “lite” nature, has the tendency to turn floppy and even a bit soggy. Yet such is the sacrifice for having a quick-delivery system to melt the cheese and integrate the flavor, so this was one flaw I can overlook. One thing that I do suggest to Subway, however, is a more fair distribution of the toppings so that they aren’t all piled on one side. Personally, I’m a fan of putting post toasting toppings like tomato and greens on the underside on the sandwich, just to better distribute the flavors and make the item more wieldy. Texture-wise I will admit that the sandwich was a bit sloppy, but again, considering the ability to build in flavor components, this is one flaw I was willing to overlook.
These construction flaws notwithstanding, I found my English Muffin Melt to be incredibly satisfying and filling. Not only did it hold me over for three hours, but it tasted great and lent itself to my inner sandwich making impulses. At only $2 for the sandwich alone, it’s a great deal, especially considering that I could have blown 4 bucks for a comparable egg white sandwich at Einstein Brothers’ earlier that morning (although I still chose coffee at EBB). While I’m not a regular for fast food breakfasts, I have to admit that Subway’s English Muffin Melts may just make me a convert. Cheap, healthy, delicious, and made with your taste buds in mind, I give Subway’s English Muffin Melts my stamp of approval, and highly suggest them to anyone looking for a quick but satisfying breakfast.
Pros: Comparatively fresh ingredients that rival those found in Fast Casual establishments. Flavorful, high-quality ham that has enough sweetness to balance salty elements. Ability to customize and add virtually unlimited flavor profiles to bolster otherwise (but expected) plain taste of egg whites. Perfectly melted cheese is just gooey and greasy enough to remind you of pizza. Slight sweetness of English Muffin does well to compliment vegetables and balance ham. Great value at only $2.00. Healthiest and most high-end English Muffin breakfast sandwich on the market.
Cons: Smallish English muffin lacks bready substance, and gets a bit soggy and overwhelmed by toppings. Flimsy and more awkward to eat than a McMuffin. Sandwich construction reveals flaws with all the toppings piled onto one side. If you relied on (or still rely on) your mom to make you your sandwich every day, this WILL be ugly.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: Subway.com
Black Forest Ham, Egg and Cheese Melt
Calories – 160
Total Fat – 4 grams
Saturated Fat – 1.5 grams
Cholesterol – 10 milligrams
Sodium – 620 milligrams
Carbs – 18 grams
Sugars – 1 grams
Dietary Fiber – 5 grams
Protein – 15 grams