Review: Steak, Egg & Cheese Biscuit from McDonald’s
Ready or not, All Day Breakfast 2.0 in coming. Starting in September you’ll no longer have to hustle into McDonald’s before 10:30 am if you’re craving a biscuit in Ohio. The McGriddles (review) of your choice will be available 24/7, and standbys like hotcakes will remain. But what about some of those lesser-known breakfast items?McDonald’s added steak breakfast sandwiches to the menus of nearly 10,000 stores three years ago, but I never tried the options when they first came out. Like most McDonald’s breakfast eaters, I had my staple (Bacon, Egg, and Cheese McGriddles) and I was happy with it. But now that All-Day Breakfast is expanding, I thought I’d mix it up a little and see if the Steak, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit is something to add to my regular rotation.At $4.69 and 520 calories, the sandwich is one of the most expensive on the McDonald’s menu. That said, it doesn’t really feel all that big. I could have downed two of these, no problem. The bold flavor of the steak is apparent from the first bite. It’s a salty, garlicky, and greasy patty that nevertheless has a really nice char and beefy flavor. Maybe it’s heresy, but I found that I enjoyed the steak a lot more than the beef patties McDonald’s uses for its burgers. It’s definitely a lot juicier—thanks, undoubtedly, to the steaks of partially melted fat running through the meat (trust me, it tastes better than it sounds!).The onion reduction sauce is one of my favorite items on McDonald’s menu (RIP Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger) and adds a very necessary sweetness to the steak and cheese. The problem is that there aren’t enough onions, and they were applied sloppily. The cheese, for its part, was nicely melted. It added a moist and salty textural element to bind the bites together. These three elements work well together, but the other two parts of the sandwich—the biscuit and folded egg—were lackluster. I don’t know why McDonald’s doesn’t just switch over to the round egg (like on McMuffin sandwiches) for all their sandwiches, because the folded egg is bland, dry, and even chalky. It tastes like overcooked scrambled eggs. Likewise, I know there are a number of people who love McDonald’s biscuits, but I’m not one of them. The biscuits just taste very plain to me; there’s not much buttermilk or butter flavor, and every time I’ve had one, the layers are somehow both fluffy (not flaky) and dry. McDonald’s claims to pat the biscuits with real salted butter, but the pat is much less generous than what you might get at a chain like Chick-fil-A.Despite being exceptionally salty, McDonald’s steak is a tasty option for a breakfast meat. That said, the quality of the biscuit and the folded egg patty bring the sandwich down and don’t warrant the $4.69 price. I don’t think I’m ready to rule future steak sandwich purchases out, but I’ll be sure to get the steak on an English muffin with a round, whole egg. That, or I might just need to run across the street and buy a Chick-fil-A biscuit to stand in.
Pros: Steak has strong meaty flavor and isn’t dry or overcooked. Onions provide sling sweetness and crunch. Cheese is nicely melted. All day breakfast creates the opportunity to make a Steak Frites sandwich if you put French fries into the biscuit.
Cons: Biscuit lacks a buttermilk tang or chewy sweetness to cut the salty-garlic flavor. Not enough onions. Egg patty is dry and mostly flavorless. A dollar too expensive.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10
More Info: mcdonalds.com
Calories - 520 (from Fat - 270)
Fat - 30g (Saturated Fat - 14g; Trans Fat – 1g)
Sodium - 1430mg
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 25g