SINGLE SERVING: BREAKFAST SANDWICH THE PIN UP ALL-STAR DINER
Lately, I've had this thing about breakfast sandwiches. It seems like such a simple thing to pull together--some bread, egg, maybe cheese and bacon or ham or some other meat and voila--instant breakfast. This town is full of them to be sure. Stop by most any deli, diner, sandwich shop, etc. that is open for breakfast and you can find some version of this combination. Even Super Duper Burger is doing one, which I did find tasty and affordable. Thing for me is to be able to run by a spot and get one and still get to work on time. Sometimes that can be limiting as the less time I have to spend on the T-Line the better. Thus I've been making forays out to see what is on offer sort of near me that won't break my budget or be too hard to obtain. As on the previous post I mentioned I returned to The Pin Up All-Star Diner to nosh on their biscuit combo thing, so it seems like a good place to start my new Single Serving Series, which for now, will cover breakfast sandwiches.
At Pin Up they have 4 different ones to choose from and you know my eyes went straight for the pork belly, though I winced a bit at its $10 price. Of course, if you check the last review on this place, it was my one major drawback. Still, you get a house made biscuit with pork belly, egg and cheddar cheese. It is made to order, thus is took a little extra time to get, seems to be a theme like from before. The pork belly was thick cut, and while not crispy (it shouldn't be) it was tender and smoky. The cheese was all nice and melty and there was plenty of egg. The biscuit was on the average to smaller side, it makes the fillings look bigger and better, especially in the picture. For the most part, it tasted like a biscuit with that kind of doughy, floury flavor with butter notes. I will say it was a bit crisp on the top and bottom and the first bite into it led to this....
....it was both cut too close to the top and a little too crispy, leading to total biscuit breakage. In spite of this catastrophe of Southern proportions (biscuits shouldn't crumble y'all!) I did enjoy what I had here. But like the other stuff at Pin Up, the price tag sort of stuck in my craw and particularly here as this falls into the whole $10 sandwich thing that pervades this town. Damn those techies kids! First rents then food! :) But seriously, for something as simple and basic as bacon, eggs and cheese on bread, my threshold falls around $5-$7 depending on what you are getting food and size wise. Ultimately, this leaves me bummed as the food at Pin Up is mostly tasty, but the cost for me anyway, is mostly un-digestable. Others may feel different and that's cool. Everyones cost comfort level is a little different and you gotta do what you can afford. My breakfast sandwich search will roll on to others places though.