The Real Deal is a brand of burger shops which just opened up in the Kalamazoo area (where I go to school).  They currently have two locations where they serve hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and milkshakes.  The Real Deal has a focus on building your own burger, and as such features a number of free toppings, including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalepenos, BBQ sauce, pickles, and more, as well as premium options like bacon and cheese.

Unfortunately, there aren't many pictures online of their burgers. Their website does have a nice one though, so check that out.

I had a classic burger, which comes with two patties.  I tricked it out with bacon, grilled onions, and some barbeque sauce.  It was delicious.  The patties are fresh, grilled to perfection, and huge.  It’s a pretty filling burger.  While I generally have a problem with “build your own” type meals, mainly because they force the customer to provide the vision as opposed to the restaurant (I’m looking at YOU, Subway), burgers are simple enough that you can design the flavor combinations you want without much effort.  The fries, which are fresh-cut, are also fantastic, as are their milkshakes.

The one possible snag regarding The Real Deal is the price.  If you ordered a burger with some higher-quality ingredients, an order of fries, and a drink, it could be in the neighborhood of $8-$10.  They give you a ton of food, between the enormous burger and the pile of fries, so it’s not a bad deal, but it’s something to keep in mind.  That said, I give two thumbs up to The Real Deal.  Check it out if you’re interested in high quality, tasty burgers.

Sorry for the impromptu hiatus, between classes and work I haven’t had a whole lot of free time to review sandwiches.  A number of you indicated in the poll that you wanted to see some breakfast reviews, and I’m planning to work in that direction for a little while.  It’s a bit difficult because breakfast is usually only served until about 10:30 or so, and the Subway on campus doesn’t actually offer breakfast sandwiches (although they do offer the Seafood Sensation).  However, I was able to track down a Subway at around 10:00 this morning, so I tried the Double Bacon Egg and Cheese omelette flatbread.

Fun Fact: This is the first Sandwichtalk picture taken on my professional Photojournalism class camera. Woo!!

Being a Subway sandwich, the recipe is variable, but the basic ingredients are bacon, eggs, and cheese (I went with cheddar).  The eggs are of a scrambled patty type composition, which is actually way more tasty than it sounds.  The bacon and cheese were fine as well, and the whole sandwich came together in a very filling way.  You can add any of the regular Subway veggies or sauces, but I wanted to keep it basic the first time around.  The flatbread was a nice morning option, and the breakfast line is also available on an English muffin or regular sub roll.

The sandwich was also inexpensively priced at $3.50.  The cost for the breakfast sandwiches varies, but it’s generally between $2.50 and $4.00.  You can add juice or coffee for a quick breakfast on the go.  I’d definitely recommend trying Subway’s breakfast line, I’ll probably check out the Western omelette or the Steak and Egg sandwich soon.

Again, sorry for the sandwich drought, I’ll try to have another post up this week.  Burger King just introduced a new breakfast line as well, and that breakfast club sandwich has my name on it.