I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Greetings from Carlisle, Pennsylvania
N 40° 14.0616′ W 077° 7.3091′ Elev. 440 ft.
It was one of those nights. I’d already eaten all the stocks out of the cooler and I wanted to get something —anything — so I’d have something to eat when I arrived at (one of) my super-secret stopping places; I’d tell you where it was but then my evil twin Skippy would have to kill you.
So desperate and dark was the situation that even Subway — SUBWAY! — was under serious consideration. Although it’s impossible to NOT find a Subway anywhere in this country, I couldn’t find one. Trying to find anything halfway decent to eat in a land yacht can be, well, “difficult” at times. More so when your vehicle is 900± freakin’ feet long.
Giving up, I decided it was going to be celery and peanut butter for dinner. But since we were settllng for stalks ’n’ butter I figured we’d at least have decent coffee … and a free donut! So I set course for Dunkin’ Donuts.
I really like DDs’ coffee. (Tim Horton’s is also good, eh?) It’s probably the best coffee one can readily find out here on the asphalt seas.
Lately Dunkin’ Donuts has been inviting people to take a “short survey” in return for a free donut, with the “purchase of a medium or larger beverage,” of course.
I usually get either a Bavarian Kreme or Jelly Donut. A few of weeks back I got a Pumpkin Crumb Donut which I didn’t get a thrill from. I think that was because I was expecting it to taste like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. But it didn’t taste anything remotely like pumpkin pie, which bummed me out.
Nevertheless, I’ve been doing this take-a-survey-get-a-donut thing for months. But in all the years I’ve shagged coffee from DDs I’ve never, ever bought any non-donut or -bagel food from them. Until now.
Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced a new item to its breakfast menu, called a Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich ($3.49 sandwich only). It consists of a three-inch-long “taste bud-raising” split Andouille-smoked sausage link, pre-fried egg, and cheese, on an English muffin. Because it wasn’t dressed with anything, I put mayonnaise on it; I was happy to see that DDs carries the best packaged mayonnaise on the market, the unbranded stuff in the white package with blue printing labelled “Mayonnaise.”
This sandwich is great. The sausage is suitably spicy with a nice “crunch” and is complimented nicely by the American cheese and the sweetness of the toasted English muffin. Although the egg looks kind of suspicious and is largely flavorless, it’s edible and appears to have pepper flakes in it.
The only thing wrong with the Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich that I could find is its cost. It’s pretty puny for the price. I could easily eat at least two of them to make a meal, and probably want yet another.
Nevertheless, the sandwich was a decent deal as every time I show up for coffee I brandish my survey/receipt and get a free donut. I should also mention that I got a 10% discount on the sandwich.
When I first looked at the receipt I swelled with pride when I noticed I’d received a “Skipper” or “Sailor” discount. Who’d have known that the fine folks at the Harrison Pike Dunkin’ Donuts would recognize me, the helmsman of the fabled SS Me So Hungry?
You’ll understand my disappointment, then, when I got back to the yacht, put on my glasses, and read the receipt: The discount was for “Senior.” D’oh!
And so we roll.
Dunkin’ Donuts, 1651 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and 14,999 other locations in 37 countries.
Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.