Want a real egg on your McDonald’s Breakfast sandwich? Of course you do. This Serious Eats post  lets you in on how to make it happen: ask for a “round egg.” Why settle for an awkward egg patty when you can have a real egg cooked in a ring on the flattop? It’s the little things that make a big difference. Observe…

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Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt

Not that I’m condoning regular consumption of McDonald’s breakfast, but if you find yourself on a road trip, in need of sustenance and options are few, I’d recommend an egg-and-cheeese concoction over donuts or a pastry and sugary coffee fluff drink. It’s slightly closer to the  real-food end of the spectrum, and it offers up some protein and fat to keep you satisfied rather than just a bunch of sugar (hello, highway hypnosis). I’m not going to tell you not to enjoy it with the bacon if you can’t stand to go without, but you know, just make that your one “bacon meal” for the weekend. Balance.

What are your go-to road trip foods? 

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