Wendy’s has joined the fast-food breakfast wars. Its offering is the Mornin’ Melt Panini. The Mornin’ Melt Panini is sourdough bread topped with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, eggs and either bacon or sausage. The sandwich is then toasted on the grill. The Mornin’ Melt Panini hopes to entice customers away from the usual fast food offerings, it’s made with their expensive panini press and the quality really shows. The side items for your Mornin’ Melt Panini meal include a coffee cake muffin, a blueberry muffin or hash browns. It sounds good, but how does it taste? The Mornin’ Melt Panini I get from my local Wendy’s looks like the picture in the ads. From the very first bite I can tell this is not an ordinary fast food breakfast. The bread was toasty. The cheddar cheese tasted so much better than the American cheese that comes with most other fast food breakfast sandwiches.
The bacon was crispy, but not over cooked. Wendy’s advertises the bacon as being hickory-smoked. I didn’t notice because the flavors complimented each other so well. The tang of the sourdough, the sharpness of the cheddar and the hickory-smoke bacon combined to make one yummy sandwich.
The side items were a nice surprise with the meal. The hash browns were the usual potato deep fried in grease that every fast food place offers. Forget the hash browns and try a muffin.
The coffee cake muffin was moist. It did have a hint of cinnamon. It needed more of the cinnamon crumble topping to add to the flavor though. At first I missed the icing that is usually on top of coffee cake. However, after a few bites I realized the icing would have made it too sweet for breakfast.
The blueberry muffin was really good. It was very moist. The muffin had a generous amount of blueberries. They tasted and looked like actual blueberries, not the frozen or freeze dried stuff that comes out of some mixes.
The final test was the coffee. Wendy’s has a Custom Bean™ by Folgers® Gourmet Selections™ coffee. The coffee tasted freshly brewed, not burnt as some fast food coffees tend to be. It was strong enough, but not overpowering.
Wendy’s claims their Mornin’ Melt Panini is melty, toasty and cheesy. They are right. Wendy’s has kicked breakfast up a notch by offering not just the cheesy goodness that is their Mornin’ Melt Panini, but also something other than a greasy, fried potato for a side. The Mornin’ Melt Panini costs $3.29. A meal is a little more depending on what size drink you get. I highly recommend you head over to Wendy’s and give their Mornin’ Melt Panini a try.