Review: French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich from Sonic

I need to get something off my chest.  I’ve never had a McDonald’s McGriddles.  Now that I’ve lost the respect of many of you, those that remain will find out my impressions of a similar breakfast sandwich.  The French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich from Sonic combines the standard breakfast sandwich ingredients and puts them in between French toast.  Let’s review.

French ToasterSonic’s French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich is made with scrambled eggs, a slice of American cheese and your choice of sausage or bacon sandwiched between two slices of French toast.  I opted for the French Toaster with sausage patty for this review.

French Toaster 2The trio of folded scrambled eggs, semi-melty American cheese, and breakfast sausage patty are no stranger to traditional breakfast sandwiches.  I wasn’t wowed by them and I wasn’t disgusted by them… they turned out to be fairly decent.  Firm and buttery scrambled eggs folded over and sized quite fair to make the sandwich pretty hefty.  At a price of $3.69, the sandwich is pricey for a fast food breakfast sandwich, yet it’s not a skimpy meal.  I found the sausage patty to be a little dried out, but mildly peppery and flavorful.

French Toaster 3Having French toast in place of the standard biscuit/muffin/toast breakfast sandwich is the selling point here.  The bread is thick, dense and not coated in sticky syrup, but I would have preferred it to be actually toasty.  This French Toast is way too soft with no crispy edges.  Having just limp slices of French toast was a disappointment because it came across like bread plucked off a grocery store shelf.  The golden brown colors and toasted lines are all very deceiving.  From a flavor standpoint, I enjoyed the French toast combined with the salty breakfast sausage patty, yet a little more syrupy sweetness would have been nice.

French Toaster SonicThe French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich left me feeling full, but not altogether satisfied.  For the most part I found the ingredients to be fairly decent, just the execution was off.  Adding a little more syrup flavor and actually having some toastier qualities would have likely given this sandwich a label of “surprisingly good”.

Pros: Nice sized breakfast sandwich... hearty, filling. Combination of sweet syrup and salty breakfast sausage.

Cons: French toast would have worked better a little toastier. Syrup flavor could've been upped another level.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 6.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Price: $3.69

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

More Info: http://www.sonicdrivein.com
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size - 294 grams
Calories - 750
Total Fat - 38 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Carbs - 69 grams
Sodium - 1760 milligrams
Sugars - 15 grams
Protein - 32 grams

6 comments on “Review: French Toaster Breakfast Sandwich from Sonic

  1. Todd says:

    It sounds like you need to try the McGriddle then. I had one when they first came out and was turned off by the sweet “griddle” bread. It was just too sweet for my taste.

  2. Sophie says:

    Pro tip: you can order the McGriddles sans the meat, as in, just sweet, maplely cake-bread.

  3. CulinaryZerg says:

    How come you haven’t had a McGriddle? Not because it tastes good or anything (it doesn’t), but the McGriddle was a watershed product for McDonald’s from a strategy standpoint a decade ago. That’s when they added all salads, coffees, upscale drinks, premium chicken sandwiches, etc. and really pushed to get out of their traditional niche. Pretty emblematic product from an industry evolution standpoint.

    • Manavee says:

      That brings up an idea I had for a new column for Grubgrade.

      You could pit two similar products from different fast food joints against each other. Then, based on taste, presentation, price etc., you declare a winner.

      Call it the “Grub Grade Grudge Match.” The first match up could be a McGriddle vs. this Sonic sandwich.

  4. Michael says:

    I didn’t originally like the McGriddle. But I have grown into them quite a bit.

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