Some of the best possible sandwiches happen in the morning. When a gently-flipped egg, yolk just intact enough to hold on through the first bite, spills onto the bread horizon beneath butter-simmered ham, you can rest easy knowing that you've got it all figured out.
Nothing matches the happiness of sitting down to a cup of coffee and knocking back a bacon-loaded, yolk-running, soft-breaded breakfast sandwich. Here are our favorites in Dallas.
Bubba’s Cooks Country's biscuit sandwich with bacon
6617 Hillcrest Ave.
If one of New York’s iconic breakfast foods is bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel (they do a weird thing with ketchup), then Dallas’ must be the bacon, egg and cheese on a soft, buttery biscuit. It’s the essential combination of Texas guilty pleasure and hangover cure. We own this breakfast sandwich. At Bubba’s, you get one passed through your car window. You don’t even really need to be wearing pants if you're stealthy. A long dash of crisp bacon, a fold of egg and an unmelted slice of American cheese do the trick; the biscuit will melt the cheese for you. This breakfast dream costs less than three bucks.
Latin Deli's Peruvian pork sandwich
701 Commerce St. and 5844 Abrams Road
Unlike on Dallas streets, fastidious construction is welcome in breakfast sandwiches. There’s nothing worse than a floppy egg jailbreaking the sandwich onto your shirt 20 minutes before a morning meeting. Latin Deli’s construction is savant-like, especially in their delicious Peruvian pork sandwich. The pork is thick-sliced, pan-fried and stacked under a soft-poached egg with a golden yolk. A zap of yellow mustard wakes up the soft bread. Paired with their long, sugar-spiked fries, it’s one of the simplest, best-executed sandwiches in the city.
Start's bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich
4814 Greenville Ave. and 4023 Lemmon Ave.
If you’re reading this from a Starbucks line, you’re doing it wrong. After all, last year, Starbucks earned an F-grade for using meat produced using antibiotics. Start uses eggs that taste like dewy grass and morning rooster calls; their eggs are from cage-free hens and the bacon is antibiotic- and nitrate-free, too. The bacon comes crisp, and a melted slice of white cheddar adds a stern saltiness to everything. It’s bolder and better than anything that has McMuffin in the name.
Jonathon's chicken and biscuit
1111 N. Beckley Ave.
Any breakfast sandwich list obviously needs a chicken and a biscuit. At Jonathon’s, the chicken is brined in buttermilk that’s hit with Tabasco. It’s deep-fried, the gravy scratch-made. So are the biscuits, which means everything is right with the world for the few minutes you’re eating this sandwich. The sunny-side egg bats this sandwich into the sky. Use any extra biscuit halves you might have as a pillow to nap after breakfast.
All Good Cafe's egg sandwich
2934 Main St.
This is one of the most consistently delicious sandwiches in the city, and one of the more underrated grabs in Deep Ellum. Breakfast is served until 3 p.m., which means you can nurse a raucous hangover with a fried egg, curtains of ham and mayonnaise that's been elbowed with Tabasco long after normal lunchtime. It will clear the gin-soaked debris from your head.
The Grape's Breakfast on a Bun
2808 Greenville Ave.
Everything you want in a breakfast sandwich happens when you order the BOB at The Grape during brunch. Vital Farms eggs, which always have a stunning, fall-pumpkin-colored yolk, are fried over medium and served on a pain au lait bun with sausage and a boat sail of American cheese. A few hammers of Texas Pete hot sauce are a simple, yet ingenious way to cut through the buttery richness. It’s a Sunday morning sandwich at its best.
Zaguan's egg, ham and cheese
2604 Oak Lawn Ave.
The bread at Zaguan is as close as you can get to eating an actual cloud. Pillowy with a delicately crunchy exterior, this bread is the perfect vehicle for folds of eggs, fried ham, lettuce and mayo. It comes with hot salsa for the plantain chips, which you’ll use as a sandwich-dipper if you’re smart.
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The Amy at Hypnotic Donuts
9007 Garland Road
The Amy sandwich is fried chicken, bacon, pickles, Southwest spicy mustard, a slice of cheddar and a drizzle of honey. Yeah, it’s not exactly going to jump start your morning; we recommend weekend consumption for this bad bitch. Hypnotic marinates their chicken for a full day in a secret bath and then fries it to order. This is DEFCON 1 on the guilty pleasure scale.
Kuby's Open-Faced King Ludwig
6601 Snider Plaza
There are so many good reasons to sit at the counter at Kuby’s and sip endless cups of coffee. One of them is their open-faced Ludwig sandwich, which is toasted rye topped with crisp Canadian bacon. Charred edges on the bacon – even under two sensationally runny eggs and a neatly sour hollandaise sauce – will cause pupil dilation and heart palpitations. Fresh tomato slices cut through the sauce like propellers through wind; it’s fantastic and indulgent. If you’re feeling cheeky, ask for rye bread and close-face this sandwich. You’ll never want a lunch sandwich again.