Miami Lacks a Classic Egg and Cheese Sandwich
A breakfast sandwich is not a complicated thing. Eggs, cheese, and meat are cooked and then stuffed between toasted bread.
The Nesting Project This is what we're looking for. Bacon optional.
But in Miami, there aren't any classic versions of this dish.
Granted, it's a Northeastern thing. But it's simple enough to make. There's no special equipment required. The ingredients couldn't be easier to source. Even the Kaiser roll -- a crusty round of bread with a fluffy interior -- could be replaced by some Cuban bread.
The key to the sandwich is its egg, which must be cooked sunny side-up over medium heat until it reaches a crispy, browned white and still-runny yolk.
But this is precisely where Miami fails.
The News Café on Ocean Drive takes a shot at it. Their rendition ($9.75), served on a baguette, features a good dose of nuclear-yellow-orange, properly melted American cheese. But instead of runny eggs, they employ rubbery omelets.
The same mistake is made by Roasters' n Toasters, a self-proclaimed New York-style deli. They serve an overcooked, burnt omelet inside its egg and cheese sandwich ($4.50). The Kaiser roll isn't even toasted, turning the sandwich into a sloppy, soggy mess.
Zachary Fagenson The egg and cheese from Roasters' N Toasters: A rubbery, mushy abomination.
At Sergio's on Coral Way, a breakfast sandwich is known as pan con tortilla ($6.50). Several other Cuban restaurants proffer the same dish, but again, they make omelets.
Sure, this Cuban-style creation is excellent in its own right -- filled with everything from ham to chorizo with potatoes and bell pepper. But it's not a real, traditional egg and cheese.
What I'm saying is this: Miami, you're missing out. When you bite into that hot, toasty sandwich, you get a hit of a warm, liquidy egg yolk that runs down your chin. You taste that melty, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth American cheese.
So I'll keep searching for the classic. Until then, I guess I'll just settle for the omelets.
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