Perhaps you stopped at Starbucks intending on purchasing a simple tall coffee, but feel your stomach begin to rumble as you pull in the drive-thru. A measly mashed granola bar from the glove compartment isn’t going to solve the problem, and you don’t have enough time before work to make an extra stop. Thankfully, Starbucks serves a variety of traditional sweet and savory breakfast foods that you can enjoy any time of day. Here are our reviews of the options we like best, as well as reasons why a Starbucks breakfast may or may not be your best choice for your morning (or evening) meal.
What Does Starbucks Serve for Breakfast?
A typical Starbucks menu selection includes sweet pastries and savory sandwiches for breakfast options. Alternatively, you can also usually purchase oatmeal, yogurt, or a snack tray. Some examples of their sweet offerings include:
- Chocolate Croissant
- Glazed Donut
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Iced Lemon Loaf
- Banana Walnut & Pecan Loaf
- Cheese Danish
- Petite Vanilla Scone
- Blueberry Scone
- Blueberry Muffin
This list excludes indulgently sweet bakery items such as cake pops and cookies, although the Iced Lemon Loaf is also arguably more of a dessert than a breakfast food.
If you’re craving something less sugary, or if you need some meat or plant-based protein, the savory breakfast menu has you covered. Some examples of the food selection include:
- Butter Croissant
- Ham & Swiss Croissant
- Bacon, Gouda, & Egg Sandwich
- Double-smoked Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich
- Impossible Breakfast Sandwich
- Turkey Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg White Sandwich
- Sausage, Egg, & Cheddar Sandwich
- Spinach, Feta, & Egg White Wrap
- Sous Vide Egg Bites: Kale & Mushroom, Bacon & Gruyere, Egg White, & Roasted Red Pepper
Our 5 Favorite Options for Breakfast at Starbucks
Starbucks has a little bit of everything for breakfast. However, their menu can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re in a hurry. Here are our top five favorite picks for Starbucks breakfast for next time you’re in line and don’t have time to study the menu.
1. Bacon, Gouda & Egg Sandwich
The Bacon, Gouda, & Egg Sandwich finds the perfect middle ground between being a savory treat and a nutritious breakfast option. We think the ciabatta bread pairs well with the egg, cheese, and bacon combo, and especially with a cup of coffee. Packed with protein from the bacon and egg, this sandwich suffices as a meal but also works as a snack. Starbucks elevates this sandwich to a whole new level by using Gouda instead of a more common cheese like cheddar. Gouda has a slightly smoky flavor, which complements the egg and bacon. Unfortunately, this is bad news if you don’t like Gouda since you can’t swap it for any other cheese.
2. Double-smoked Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich
This buttery flaky croissant sandwich aspires to be the comfort food of Starbucks. It’s a customer favorite featuring the classic breakfast trio of bacon, egg, and melted cheese. Plan on eating this winner when your stomach is rumbling or you have a full day ahead of you. At 500 calories, this is one of the highest calorie options on the breakfast menu.
3. Spinach, Feta, & Egg White Wrap
A slightly crispy whole wheat tortilla envelopes soft egg whites, spinach, and feta with fun pops of sundried tomatoes. It’s the perfect college study snack or healthy breakfast option, containing the same amount of protein as other high-protein items while being lower in calories and fat. The Spinach, Feta, & Egg White Wrap is also one of the most popular vegetarian options on the menu.
4. Bacon & Gruyere Egg Bites
If you want the bacon without the bread, these egg bites are the best fit for you. Bacon & Gruyere is one of three Starbucks egg bites recipes and is the only meat-based option. Each order comes with three egg bites.
5. Blueberry Muffin
If you like your breakfast on the sweet side, you can’t go wrong with a blueberry muffin. Unlike artificially flavored grocery store muffins, this recipe uses real blueberries and natural flavors. Lemon zest perks up the taste and plain yogurt gives your treat a little protein.
Most of Starbucks’ main breakfast competitors, such as Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread, stop serving breakfast by 10:45. Probably the best thing about the breakfast selection at Starbucks is that it’s available any time you want it. Need an after-school snack? Breakfast food for dinner? It’ll be there.
However, Starbucks as a whole is a bit more unpredictable than their competitors in terms of what’s actually available. Although they have breakfast menu staples such as the Bacon, Gouda, & Egg Sandwich, the actual availability varies widely by location. There are many different types of Starbucks stores. Some are stand-alone cafes with cozy lighting and ample seating. Others are located in a shopping mall, airport, or college campus. Yet other cafes, such as the Barnes and Noble Cafe, aren’t actually Starbucks locations at all, but are independent stores that merely serve some Starbucks products. The menu offerings vary greatly by the type of location. Typically, the stand-alone stores have more to offer, but not always. The menu also varies seasonally, as more items are added during certain times of the year.
Unfortunately, Starbucks isn’t your best bet if you need certain food accommodations. All of their sandwiches arrive at the cafe pre-made, frozen, and ready to heat and serve. The customization options are limited to omitting certain items but don’t allow substitutions. Also, the accommodations aren’t sufficient for someone with a true food allergy. For example, even though you can forgo the cheese on your Bacon, Gouda, & Egg, the barista merely takes the cheese off the finished product, which means dairy still contaminated your sandwich at some point.
If you love consistency, you might like the idea of premade sandwiches since you can order literally the same sandwich at any Starbucks locations where they’re available. However, it’s a bummer if you have food allergies.
While you might associate Starbucks as the place to go grab coffee, they actually have an extensive breakfast menu as well. Starbucks doesn’t have a cut-off time for breakfast, so you can try a blueberry muffin or a bacon & Gruyere egg bite at any time, as long as they’re available at that location.
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