Great minds are fueled by great food. Great breakfast, to be specific. Great Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches, to be more exact.

I came to this conclusion by observing where the greatest minds in Fairfield, Connecticut gather. The students at Fairfield Ludlowe High School pointed me to Fairfield Warde in order to find people that fit the bill. I garnered a red polo and thick-rimmed glasses, faking a husky voice fit for Bob’s Burgers in order to monitor the halls unsuspectedly. I began to uncover a pattern.

People between the ages of 14 and 19 seemed to hold these small, round paper packages of happiness when they showed up late to class, sometimes with a Dunkin. It turns out that they were Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches. 

It makes sense – the breakfast sandwich could arguably be the most Welcoming, Academic, Respectful, Dynamic, and Ethical on-the-go breakfast. I haven’t really figured out how that is true, ask me to support this claim with evidence after breakfast.

Warde students have also made some bold claims about the sandwich. Because I wasn’t given the budget to hold a schoolwide taste test of local BECs (well, I was, but $700 worth of sandwiches only feeds one person, you know), a survey regarding the BEC circulated in vain (Editor’s Note: Although the article is lighthearted, all presented data was collected via a Google Form).

Through my calculations (math teacher bit), I can safely say that we welcome many different eateries into our hearts, namely Reef Shack, Joseph’s Bagel & Grill (The Bagel), Country Cow, The Tasty Yolk, Hole in the Wall, South Pine Creek Deli, ‘Wich Day, Dunkin… the list goes on. Unlike teachers, however, students commonly play favorites. In fact Country Cow created controversy as 1 in 7 said it was overrated and 1 in 5 said it was the best.

Cow followers seem to remain very confident. One fan, Aiden Pomer, claims, “Country Cow is a runaway candidate, and nobody can compete with them.”

However, it could just be that, in the words of one Warde student, “Joseph’s Bagel and Grill is religiously underrated and deserves more attention. Their bagels AND BECs are fire.”

The Shredder from South Pine Creek is “jam packed and has a lot of flavor.” Though it’s “very good and cheap compared to if you were to get the same thing at Cow, Cow is better overall.”

But, at the end of the day, some think “all BEC places are garbage in comparison to making your own. If you make it at home then you have complete control over your meal that you can’t get elsewhere. It just takes a little effort on your part.”

To my stomach’s relief, Warde could potentially build the best BEC. Through careful academic analysis, some key criteria has been called out. For starters, there is a common consensus that the perfect sandwich needs more bacon than commonly provided and an egg that’s “done right”.

Jack Flannagan, sophomore and likely resident BEC expert, explains the importance of proportions in-depth:

“Although Country Cow offers a great bacon egg and cheese, it is inferior to Tasty Yolk, the main reason for this is the uneven proportions  of bread, bacon, egg, and cheese. While with one bite you may experience majority cheese the other you get mostly bacon, along with those two cons the bread is extremely low in mass and density adding no value to the sandwich. Also, getting your egg any other way than over easy ruins a great sandwich.”

Paling in comparison only to the Lincoln – Douglas debates, or Ali vs. Frazier, which BEC sandwich is king remains a hotly argued topic. Every student will have their own opinion and will defend their favorite sandwich assiduously. However, this reporter has learned her lesson in researching this topic. Everyone is right and we all agree that the BEC fuels Warde. 

A look into Mustangs’ dynamic tastes:

 54% of students surveyed add home fries to their sandwich and 47% spice up their start to the day with salt and pepper. 

Take a note from junior Mick Huban and try adding cream cheese to a BEC next time you’re at The Bagel.

“Hot sauce is a MUST,” said Karina McMahon, a Warde junior. “I tried it a couple of months ago and am never going back.”

Huh, I guess the Breakfast Sandwich really does embody the Warde Acronym. 

Note: As a cutting-edge journalist, I  find it only ethical to leave out my biases and personal criticisms against my beloved Tasty Yolk sandwich. I have all the information here, so likely also the most well-developed opinion. If you wish to have a food fight respectful discussion, find me at lunch. I’ll be the one with $700 worth of sandwiches.

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