Beyond Meat is making a big splash in the fast-food game, with countless restaurants offering their own vegetarian options. The latest entrant in the plant-based arena is Starbucks' Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich. So how does it compare to one that's already been in the game for a while?\nWe wanted to see just how the coffee giant's latest animal-free sandwich stacked up against A&W's own Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich.\nFull disclosure: this is my first experience with anything from the meatless brand. I've got no beef with plant-based options, but I am an omnivore at heart. Still, I'm no chicken, so I was ready to dive right in.\nLet's start with appearances. The A&W sandwich gets an early edge on the competition by having some actual colour on the patty. By comparison, the Starbucks "sausage" was pretty gray and drab.\nOverall, the A&W sandwich had a bit more volume due to its English muffin. The specialty bun on the Starbucks offering was a little bit flat, giving everything a more compressed look. Both appear to use real cheddar, though, so thumbs up if you're into that.\nGoing in for a smell, there's a definite herbaceous scent to the Starbucks sandwich, most likely as a result of their own blend of seasonings.\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nAnd yet, the A&W patty wins out here as well, with a more savoury aroma that really recalls cooking breakfast links at home.\nFinally, there's the ever-important taste test. I can safely say that in this regard, there is a clear, unequivocal winner.\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nThe A&W Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich just tastes better.\nThe overall flavour and texture of the patty are so close to a real sausage that you could easily fool someone who didn't know better. That being said, it was a bit on the dry side.\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nColin Leggett | Narcity\nThat being said, the Starbucks option is not awful. As a matter of fact, it's fine.\nThe patty had a little bit more moisture, which was nice, and the texture was a spot-on recreation of breakfast sausage. Still, it was just missing something in its flavour profile that kept it from winning this competition.\nWhere the A&W sandwich recreated the experience of eating fast-food breakfast, the Starbucks sandwich just left me feeling uninspired.