McDonald's is adding a legendary item to all-day breakfast — here's why it's the best thing on the menu

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There are many fast-food breakfast sandwiches.

There's the McDonald's Egg McMuffin, Dunkin' Donuts' many bagel-clad options, and Taco Bell's breakfast-biscuit creation.

Yet none of those catch my discerning eye — not like the McGriddle.

Simply put, it's the perfect breakfast sandwich out there. And now, it's ascending to its rightful place on the all-day breakfast menu.

The McGriddle was released in 2003, predating the sweet and savory craze by nearly a decade. It was expertly crafted by the same fast-food genius behind the Meat Lover's Pizza and Smashburger.

It's a perfectly balanced breakfast harbinger of sweet and salty flavors.

Here's why it's the perfect sandwich.

The exalted McGriddle comes in three varieties: sausage, egg, and cheese; bacon, egg, and cheese; and plain sausage. But we're clearly focusing on the best of the best here: the sausage, egg, and cheese.

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The McGriddle comes humbly wrapped — not much to look at. But just you wait.

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When its inconspicuous shroud unfurls, you can see the McGriddle in all its golden, sweet splendor.

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It's a substantial stack of a fluffy egg, a savory and thick sausage patty, and a slice of melty orange cheese, all lovingly enveloped in two delightfully sweet pancakes.

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Okay, yes, I hear the detractors: That egg is downright weird. But I'm willing to eat a slightly strange egg if it's part of such a wonderful sandwich. It's the gestalt of the McGriddle that makes it work.

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But the real magic happens in the pancake bun. Scattered liberally within are special syrup crystals, engineered to melt at a certain temperature to release the delicious maple flavor that compliments the rest of the sandwich so well.

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Source: First We Feast

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One must savor the McGriddle; its complex balance of sweet syrup and salty, savory sausage must be enjoyed slowly. The bacon version is similar, but doesn't have the same depth to it, in my opinion.

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The sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich is the best, hands down. It's like an entire breakfast, to go: You've got pancakes, eggs, and sausage, but with the ease of portability. How can you go wrong?

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And sure, on the issue of health, I readily admit they are not what one could call ... well, healthy. They're not meant to be eaten every day — as tempting as it may be.

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But for a once-in-a-while breakfast treat, it doesn't get better than the McGriddle. Unless, of course, you throw a hash brown into the mix ...

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