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Top Breakfast Sandwiches In Connecticut

April 2, 2014 9:00 AM

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While most everyone agrees that starting a day with a good breakfast is a positive, many busy families with tight schedules don’t always find making breakfast realistic. Even if cooking up eggs or making French toast is a viable option, there’s always the clean up. Enter the breakfast sandwich, where busy commuters and families on the go can get their breakfast on a roll, in a wrap, in a bagel and so much more. Check out these popular venues for great breakfast sandwiches.

Lake Zoar Drive-In
14 Roosevelt Drive
Stevenson, CT 06491
(203) 268-8137
www.lakezoardrivein.com

Route 34 is a scenic road that skirts Lake Zoar. There is no season that doesn’t spread its beauty over this rural lakeside road that features a bridge over the lake’s dam and offers one of the most gorgeous views in Connecticut. Just before you approach the dam, you’ll find a roadside and lakefront drive-in that has won awards and distinction for its fine food. One of its most popular items on the menu is its “Hangover Buster.” This is a breakfast sandwich with double egg, double cheese, double bacon and hash browns served on a Kaiser roll.  There’s no need for a hangover to enjoy this hearty treat.

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Nica’s Market
603 Orange St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 787-5919
www.nicasmarket.com

Owner Joseph Sabino claims that his breakfast sandwiches are the best in Connecticut. It’s hard to claim which one is the most popular because Sabino says that everyone puts a favorite bread or sauce on the sandwich. The breakfast sandwich variations include any of the following choices: bacon/egg/cheese, sausage/egg/cheese and ham/egg/cheese. They are all served on freshly baked focaccia bread, wraps, rolls, wheat or white bread. Then customers like to add their own personal preferences like a hot sauce or avocado. Nica’s named for Sabino’s grandchild Veronica specializes in great Italian food as well as breakfast sandwiches. It’s all about personal preferences and plenty of choices at this market.

Bun on the Run 
24 Main St.
Centerbrook, CT 06409
(860) 767-3395
www.bunonline.com

Bun on the Run has a beloved breakfast sandwich that brings many return customers. Whether it’s an egg and cheese, grilled steak, smoked bacon, smoked ham or sausage, when these delicious offerings are served on the following breads, they enter a new dimension of breakfast sandwiches. The breads include: handmade gourmet bagels, cheddar bacon buns, Squaw buns (a Native American brown bread recipe made with molasses), five grain with oats bun, honey wheat, country French, rosemary focaccia and white buns. Breakfast wraps include herb garlic, jalapeno, whole wheat, tomato basil, plain and garlic pesto. Breakfast served on these outstanding buns will prove to be absolutely delicious.

Goldberg’s Bagel Café
1131 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 231-8688
www.goldbergsbagelcafe.com

When it comes to breakfast sandwiches, Goldberg’s freshly made bagels draw in customers for some delicious breakfast sandwiches. Add ham, sausage, bacon, cheese and more to these delectable bagels. One of the most popular is the Black Russian bagel, which is a pumpernickel/onion bagel rolled in sesame seeds. If that doesn’t get the juices flowing, just imagine biting into that bacon, cheese, sun-dried tomato bagel. Whatever the choice, the breakfast sandwiches made here will prove to be winning combinations. These bagels are so popular that Goldberg’s Bagel Café has opened a second location right on the campus of Trinity College.

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The Old Schoolhouse Deli
268 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-3354
www.oldschoolhousedeli.com/breakfast.php

Take a bite of The Old Schoolhouse Deli’s breakfast Reuben made with pastrami, egg and Swiss cheese on rye toast for a special breakfast treat. Not only does this deli use local super double yolk eggs, but it can also substitute egg whites for personal preference. The barnyard special consists of three scrambled eggs, cheese, bacon, ham and sausage on a hero. The breakfast burrito is a combination of scrambled eggs, cheddar, chili and salsa in a wrap. Starting a day with a breakfast like this keeps customers longing for the next day.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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