I may not be a major restaurant connoisseur, but when it comes to fast food, I think I know quality, taste and good value when I see it. I set out to do a taste, quality and value comparison of the breakfast burritos available in the Wysox/Towanda area.
I stopped at three local fast food restaurants, Wendy’s, McDonalds, and Burger King to buy a breakfast burrito at each one.
Wendy’s: Although the online website for Wendy’s says that they serve burritos, I was in for a major disappointment when I stopped at the Wysox PA Wendy’s. I was told that our Wendy’s carries no breakfast items and does not serve burritos.
McDonald’s: I barely made it to McDonald’s during the breakfast period which ends at 10:30 AM and was told that I could have a burrito if they still had any. I was in luck and got my burrito for $1.00 plus six cents tax. I was offered picante sauce in two heat levels and I chose mild.
Burger King: At Burger King I ordered my burrito and there were no problems obtaining one. I was offered ketchup or salt and pepper with this item, but I refused the condiments offered. The price for the burrito was $1.00 plus six cents tax.
I proceeded to my mother’s house nearby to check out my burritos while they were still warm. I set both bags on her kitchen table and opened the bags, removing the contents of each. The Burger King wrapper was looser, and the McDonalds wrapper had a sticker applied to the end to keep it in place. Score 1 for McDonalds.
I opened each wrapper to visually examine the burritos. Both were approximately 5 inches long. The Burger King burrito was wider but flattened out, and the McDonalds burrito was narrower but more tightly wrapped and more cylindrical in shape. Visually the Burger King burrito looked larger, but the McDonalds burrito appeared firmer. Overall the differences cancelled each other out and neither burrito scored higher than the other on appearance.
I cut each burrito in half and inspected the contents. The Burger King burrito had a neat full layer of sausage as well as egg and cheese and something that looked like pimento. The McDonalds burrito had a very small round spot of sausage, and a lot of egg with some cheese. The Burger King sausage was present throughout the burrito but the McDonalds burrito only had random spots of sausage in it. Score 1 for Burger King.
I bit into each of the burritos, drinking water between each to clean my pallet. The Burger King burrito was full of flavor. The McDonalds burrito had a the taste of egg and a chalky tortilla flavor. I added the picante sauce to the McDonalds burrito. It helped impart some flavor, but Burger King’s was still better. I found some more ingredients in the Burger King burrito as I continued to eat. They appeared to be green pepper and onion. Score 1 for Burger King.
I continued to eat each burrito until both halves of each were devoured. The Burger King burrito had sausage throughout, but the sausage was barely present in the McDonalds burrito. I put some of the McDonalds picante sauce on the Burger King burrito and it enhanced the taste even further. The end of the McDonalds burrito was hard, while the end of the Burger King burrito was soft. Score 1 for the Burger KIng burrito. Both burritos stayed wrapped while I was eating them.
The Burger King burrito won the burrito match hands down, with a score of 3 to McDonalds 1. I definitely enjoyed the Burger King burrito and would eat it again. At the price of $1, it is a rare fast food bargain. I would recommend that Burger King begin offering picante sauce as a condiment with burritos, as it did enhance the flavor significantly. It also wouldn’t hurt to put a sticker on the paper burrito wrapper at Burger KIng. I would not waste a dollar on the McDonalds burrito again. It is basically some egg and cheese wrapped in a floury, chalky tortilla.
If you have a Burger KIng in your area or town, I would recommend trying the burrito for breakfast someday. It is a lighter breakfast than some other choices, but it is inexpensive, easy to eat, and flavorful.