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Fans of elevated junk food are still waiting for an upscale spin on Doritos Locos. In the meantime, D.C. restaurants are doing plenty to reinvent American fast-food staples. The latest example: Mike Isabella’s Jersey Mac at G sandwich shop, a take on McDonald’s famous Egg McMuffin. Isabella’s Mac is greasier, messier, heftier, and pricier than its fast food counterpart, even if they look and taste somewhat similar. Size them up for yourself:

Jersey Mac (top)

Where: G sandwich shop, 2201 14th St. NW

Price: $7

When to get it: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Diameter: 4 inches


• Fried duck egg with a runny yolk

• Salty house-made Taylor ham

• Oily muenster cheese

• Chewy but vaguely crispy duck fat English muffin

Sample City Paper staff reactions: “There’s a bit more richness.” “More texturally interesting.” “Too salty,” “Delicious and made me feel sick.” “Gave me a little bit of indigestion.” “Flavor-wise, it was preferable.” “Too greasy.”

Egg McMuffin (bottom)

Where: McDonald’s, multiple locations

Price: $2.99

When to get it: Before 10:30 a.m. on weekdays and before 11 a.m. on weekends; after midnight every night

Diameter: 3.5 inches


• “Grade A” egg cooked all the way through. McDonald’s advertises freshly cracked eggs “available in most areas”

• Smoky, slightly rubbery “extra lean” Canadian bacon

• Gooey American cheese

• Soft and chewy English muffin “made with eight grams of whole grain”

Sample City Paper staff reaction: “American cheese is superior to muenster.” ”Less messy.” “There wasn’t anything great about it, but it was tasty.” “Bland, but oddly comforting on a level more spiritual than gustatory.”

Photos by Jessica Sidman