Saturday, May 9, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich #22 - The Old Fashioned aka Keep On The Sunny Side

Sandwich: Breakfast Sandwich
Location: The Old Fashioned
Date: May 5, 2015
Cost: $5

When The Old Fashioned first announced their Wisconsin-centric theme I thought it sounded pretty cheesy (ahem), but they did it right and they deliver excellent food and beer every time I'm there. The place is fantastic.

I didn't know they served weekday breakfast until I started putting together my list of places to check out. The Old Fashioned pulled a kind of flippity flappity floop on the normal breakfast/brunch menu - they offer the breakfast sandwich only during the week, it is not on the weekend brunch menu.

I'm rarely on the Capitol Square during the week so when I had a morning appointment I factored in a little time for research.

I forgot to take a photo of the menu when it was in my hands, luckily there is one on the door.
What's going on with that little piece of red leaf lettuce?

In real life the sandwich was not this blurry. This might be the shittiest collection of photos to date.
The Sandwich - Breakfast Sandwich. There is only one sandwich on the menu and no options are offered, which was perfect for me on this day. I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't want to think about it too much. I think this is the first sandwich that came with the egg sunny side up. I'm OK with that, I like the egg kind of runny and it's fun to say "sunny side up", or even just read it on a menu. It does make the sandwich rather sloppy though, and this one was goopier than a Bootsy Collins bass solo. I mean that in a good way. However, the English Muffin wasn't quite up to the task. Maybe a little more toasting would have helped, or a heartier bread. The sandwich didn't fall apart but the muffin got kind of soggy. The bacon was nice and crisp but a tiny bit burned on one end. I liked the little sprinkling of pepper on the egg when it came out and the sandwich had a good level of cheesiness.

I'm not sure what was going on with that scrap of red leaf lettuce. Was it a garnish? Was I supposed to put in on the sandwich? Even on an English Muffin it would have covered only half of the sandwich. I was perplexed. Ultimately I decided it was garnish and I left it for the Garnish Gods.

The Result - 3.79 lettuce scraps out of 5 lettuce scraps. This was a good sandwich but the ratio of egg goo to bread-heartiness was a little off. Definitely a two napkin sandwich. I don't know if many folks get these to go but it might not hold up to being transported to your office and you'll need a wet-wipe or something before you handle those important documents. That's not necessarily a bad thing but could be vital information. Most of these are probably consumed on site, is my guess.

There could probably be whole subset of sandwiches offered near the Capitol that are designed as "grab 'n go" and held to a slightly different criteria. I'm not going to be able to effectively explore that angle.

The purpose of this research is to determine if a breakfast sandwich can effectively brighten you day and this sandwich was able to do that. It was a rainy morning, a bit chilly out, and the "sunny side up" sandwich was able to nudge this day in the right direction.

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