This week we have a guest blog from Brooklyn based folk singer, Juliet K. We follow Juliet on her journey to find Williamsburg’s best BEC (Bacon, Egg and Cheese) breakfast sandwich (on Graham Ave). Joined by her band mates, Juliet judges four local breakfast stops, complete with photos, scores, and of course, the winner!
MEET JULIET K
Hello! I’m Juliet K, folk singer, Brooklyn resident, eater of sandwiches. I have a few great loves in my life. The two greatest, by far, would be music and food. I live in a neighborhood with some truly great food. There is Neapolitan style pizza with beautifully charred crust, high brow barbecue, and creamy polenta with sausage (St. Austere, seriously, go).
Still, the food staple of my life is undoubtedly the ubiquitous, the classic—the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. Simple, cheap, melty, perfect. They’re my go-to food for a quick breakfast on the way to work, a leisurely weekend morning at home, or (most often) a late night snack, and as such, I’ve tried quite a few in my neighborhood and if it wasn’t a kind of lame thing to be, I think I’d call myself something of a BEC connoisseur.
So, that leads us here, to the great bacon, egg, and cheese quest of Graham Avenue. Me and my bandmates will, to the best of our abilities, conduct a survey for the best bacon, egg, and cheese in the area surrounding the Graham Avenue L station.
THE "BEC" CONTENDERS
There are plenty of fancy variations out there, but those are not my concern. I’m interested in cheap and quick, so this quest is going to be tailored as so. I’ve ruled out any bodegas that I’ve found to be consistently lousy in the past so that leaves us with…
Late Night Stars
This was my projected winner going into the game. Generally where we go when we’re fixin’. Plus, they’re open pretty much always which is important.
357 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Green Apple Deli
Had one horrendous delivery experience here that ended up in no food, so I was not hopeful, but since I’ve never actually tried their sandwich, they’re in the ring.
375 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Metro Deli & Grill
I’ve been here a couple times, the grill closes earlier than other bodegas but it’s generally solid.
685 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Grand Gourmet Deli
Another strong contender. Usually a post bar favorite.
505 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Garden Grill Diner
Not a bodega, but they’ve got a counter where you can just walk in and order to go.
318 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Bagel Store
This is the one major outlier but we agreed it should be included (mostly for novelty). This is the smaller outpost of the store that’s become famous for the rainbow bagel, but that is of no interest to us! We thought we’d include it cause they also have a bacon, egg, and cheddar bagel, like… the bagel itself. It seemed within the spirit of this event to get a BEC on a BEC bagel.
754 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Alt-folk singer-writer, and eater of BECs
A BEC classicist. The most important qualities are cleanness, freshness, cheese meltiness and bacon crispiness. The major deal breaker: gross, undercooked bacon where you have to pull the gnarly pieces out.
He describes himself as a traditionalist, “I grew up in a family that took bacon, egg, and cheeses really seriously.”
The BEC is one of Nathan’s top three favorite foods. He will not specify criteria but when asks what he looks for in a BEC he answers, “The pleasure I get out of food is knowing how it’s going to taste before I eat it and having that expectation be met.”
Off the bat, the only things he’s looking out for are meltiness and thick bacon.
THE TASTE TEST
Totally unanimous. Just as quick as a deli, so quality, so freshness. And just as fast as any of the others. That being said, Garden Grill is a diner, not a deli. They have the advantage of a restaurant kitchen, but it’s also a few dollars more expensive and they close early.
So for your broke days or late night sandwich endeavors, our deli winner is Grand Gourmet Deli. At times, a bacon, egg and cheese can be considered the booty call of food. One of its most important qualities is its availability at any time of night, and of those you could find around 2 AM coming home from a show, Grand Gourmet was the obvious winner. I (personally) believe that it would have been seriously enhanced by American cheese, but I guess to each his own. And even considering it was not my preference, this thing was good. They put some love in there.