Iâ€™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 40Â° 14.0616′ W 077Â° 7.3091′ Elev. 440 ft.
It was one of those nights. Iâ€™d already eaten all the stocks out of the cooler and I wanted to get something â€”anything â€” so Iâ€™d have something to eat when I arrived at (one of) my super-secret stopping places; Iâ€™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 â€” SUBWAY! â€” was under serious consideration. Although itâ€™s impossible to NOT find a Subway anywhere in this country, I couldnâ€™t find one. Trying to find anything halfway decent to eat in a land yacht can be, well, â€œdifficultâ€ at times. More so when your vehicle is 900Â± freakinâ€™ feet long.
Giving up, I decided it was going to be celery and peanut butter for dinner. But since we were settllng for stalks â€™nâ€™ butter I figured weâ€™d at least have decent coffee … and a free donut! So I set course for Dunkinâ€™ Donuts.
I really like DDsâ€™ coffee. (Tim Hortonâ€™s is also good, eh?) Itâ€™s probably the best coffee one can readily find out here on the asphalt seas.
Lately Dunkinâ€™ Donuts has been inviting people to take a â€œshort surveyâ€ in return for a free donut, with the â€œpurchase of a medium or larger beverage,â€ 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 didnâ€™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 didnâ€™t taste anything remotely like pumpkin pie, which bummed me out.
Nevertheless, Iâ€™ve been doing this take-a-survey-get-a-donut thing for months. But in all the years Iâ€™ve shagged coffee from DDs Iâ€™ve never, ever bought any non-donut or -bagel food from them. Until now.
Dunkinâ€™ 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 â€œtaste bud-raisingâ€ split Andouille-smoked sausage link, pre-fried egg, and cheese, on an English muffin. Because it wasnâ€™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 â€œMayonnaise.â€
This sandwich is great. The sausage is suitably spicy with a nice â€œcrunchâ€ 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, itâ€™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. Itâ€™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 Iâ€™d received a â€œSkipperâ€ or â€œSailorâ€ discount. Whoâ€™d have known that the fine folks at the Harrison Pike Dunkinâ€™ Donuts would recognize me, the helmsman of the fabled SS Me So Hungry?
Youâ€™ll understand my disappointment, then, when I got back to the yacht, put on my glasses, and read the receipt: The discount was for â€œSenior.â€ Dâ€™oh!
And so we roll.
Dunkinâ€™ 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.