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kaszeta

Eggs Benedict Wed, 05/12/10 4:24 PM (permalink)
I really like a good Eggs Benedict, but so often it's a poorly done dish.  However, in recent history I've been able to have quite a few good Benedicts, including

1. Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis
2. Wasp's Diner, Woodstock, VT
3. Dream Diner, Tyngsboro, MA
4. Modern Diner, Pawtucket, RI
5. Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis

(1, 3, and 5 are all Roadfood reviewed places, BTW)

I wrote up several of these places on my blog here.  Here's my favorite at Al's:



Where are your favorites (especially in SoCal and DFW, where I'm probably headed next)?
 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    Re:Eggs Benedict Wed, 05/12/10 5:14 PM (permalink)
    Where's the truffle that'ssupposed to be on top?
     
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      irisarbor

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      Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 11:57 AM (permalink)
      It's not exactly roadfood (and was a bit of a splurge), but the best Benedict I have ever had was at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, IL.
      It's a Surf and turf Benedict,
      One side is a petite tallgrass filet and the other a crabcake , both topped with poached egg and hollandaise.
      O.M.G.
      I thought I had gone to heaven, Best. breakfast. ever.

      They also make a wonderful signature benedict that is an english muffin topped with
      fresh sauteed spinach and crumbled bacon,
      topped with poached egg and a roasted tomato hollandaise.
      That is also wonderful, and more reasonably priced.
       
      #3
        kaszeta

        Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 1:35 PM (permalink)
        Interesting.  I'll make a note for the next time I'm in that area (I seem to have friends' weddings in that area every few years...)
         
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          Michael Hoffman

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          Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 2:04 PM (permalink)
          Cafe Brittany in Palm Passage in Charlotte Amalie served the very best eggs Benedict I've ever had in a restaurant. With a daiquiri or three it was always a wonderful lunch, although admittedly I never got much productive work done afterwards.
           
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            juleebella

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            Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 2:38 PM (permalink)
            Crab Cakes Benedict at Clary's in Savannah
             
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              Davydd

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              Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 6:50 PM (permalink)
              Good Day Cafe, Minneapolis, MN Mushroom Eggs Benedict


              Good Day Cafe, Minneapolis, MN Paisley Eggs Benedict


              Good Day Cafe, Minneapolis, MN Regular Eggs Benedict


              The Pie Place, Grand Marais, MN Eggs Benedicts


              Bayside Grill, Excelsior, MN Eggs Benedict


              Fayze's, La Crosse, WI Eggs Benedict


              JailHouse Cafe, Moab, UT Southwestern Eggs Benedict


              Salt Fork Lodge State Park, OH Eggs Benedict
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 7:00 PM (permalink)
                And nowhere even a sliver of black truffle?
                 
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                  Davydd

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                  Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 7:18 PM (permalink)
                  The last time I saw a truffle in a store was at a Wegman's in Fairfax, VA and they were under lock and key at $999 per pound. Doubt you will find one on an eggs benedict anywhere especially in a roadfood classified place. Maybe truffle oil?
                   
                  #9
                    kaszeta

                    Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 7:40 PM (permalink)
                    I've been to Good Day and Bayside, actually.  Both of those are great places, but, alas, never had the Benedict.  Will have to go back.
                     
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                      JRPfeff

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                      Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 8:22 PM (permalink)
                      Steak & Eggs Benedict at McBob's.



                      A hard choice to make when the corned beef hash is staring at you on the menu.  But a bargain at just $6.50.
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        Re:Eggs Benedict Thu, 05/13/10 9:32 PM (permalink)
                        Davydd


                        The last time I saw a truffle in a store was at a Wegman's in Fairfax, VA and they were under lock and key at $999 per pound. Doubt you will find one on an eggs benedict anywhere especially in a roadfood classified place. Maybe truffle oil?


                        I saw some nice black truffles just the other day for a mere $200 for a quarter of a pound. A shaving per egg? Not very expensive.
                         
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                          mland520

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                          Re:Eggs Benedict Fri, 05/14/10 9:22 AM (permalink)
                          If memory serves, your $200.00/per 1/4 pound is just about = to the $999.00/ per pound, Michael. Still a lot of $$$$ for a Road food joint!
                           
                          #13
                            MiamiDon

                            Re:Eggs Benedict Fri, 05/14/10 9:49 AM (permalink)
                            Methinks Davydd really likes Eggs Benedict!

                            The best that I've tasted were at Brennan's in New Orleans.
                             
                            The Crab Benedict at John O'Groats in L.A. was pretty good, too.
                             

                            <message edited by MiamiDon on Fri, 05/14/10 9:53 AM>
                             
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                              Davydd

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                              Re:Eggs Benedict Fri, 05/14/10 6:53 PM (permalink)
                              Most of those were my wife's. I'm usually an omelet man but I am starting to come over with the poached concept.
                               
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                                baileysoriginal

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                                Re:Eggs Benedict Fri, 05/14/10 10:39 PM (permalink)
                                I've been feasting my eyes with all of these incredible Benedict photos - poached eggs and Hollandaise is indeed a beautiful thing - and the other additions only make it that much better.
                                 
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                                  RedJim64

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                                  Re:Eggs Benedict Sat, 05/15/10 8:09 AM (permalink)
                                  Eggs Baltimore at The Stables, in Baltimore, MD.
                                   
                                  #17
                                    kaszeta

                                    Re:Eggs Benedict Sun, 05/16/10 9:51 PM (permalink)
                                    This morning was Stella's in Hartland, VT.  Green Mountain Benedict, with bacon from the local smokehouse:


                                     
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                                      Scorereader

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                                      Re:Eggs Benedict Mon, 05/17/10 9:37 AM (permalink)
                                      mland520


                                      If memory serves, your $200.00/per 1/4 pound is just about = to the $999.00/ per pound, Michael. Still a lot of $$$$ for a Road food joint!


                                      mland: 
                                      math class: $200 per 1/4 pound, would be $800 per pound.
                                      There's two ways to look at that when compared to $1000. Either 20% less than $1000. Or, the $1000 is an additional 25% of $800.
                                       
                                      so, $200 per 1/4 pound is a pretty good savings over $999 per pound.
                                       
                                       
                                       
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                                        Davydd

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                                        Re:Eggs Benedict Mon, 05/17/10 10:30 AM (permalink)
                                        Scorereader


                                        mland520


                                        If memory serves, your $200.00/per 1/4 pound is just about = to the $999.00/ per pound, Michael. Still a lot of $$$$ for a Road food joint!


                                        mland: 
                                        math class: $200 per 1/4 pound, would be $800 per pound.
                                        There's two ways to look at that when compared to $1000. Either 20% less than $1000. Or, the $1000 is an additional 25% of $800.
                                         
                                        so, $200 per 1/4 pound is a pretty good savings over $999 per pound.
                                         
                                         


                                        OK math experts, how much would Michael's sliver of truffle cost with discount on a plate of eggs benedict?
                                         
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                                          sizz

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                                          Re:Eggs Benedict Mon, 05/17/10 11:43 AM (permalink)
                                          Davydd


                                          Most of those were my wife's. I'm usually an omelet man but I am starting to come over with the poached concept.
                                           
                                          Dave................... heads-up.. we aren't suppose to be eating eggs.... and cheese is also a no no .... loaded with cholesterol remember?? 
                                          Oatmeal .. buddy, with some of your maple syrup ...lol 


                                           
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                                            Davydd

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                                            Re:Eggs Benedict Mon, 05/17/10 12:28 PM (permalink)
                                            I tried oatmeal in a restaurant. It seems strange.

                                            I have found it fairly easy to ask for an all egg white veggie omelet and not to butter the whole wheat toast to keep the cholesterol and fat down. It seems that request is not so strange to restaurants anymore.
                                             
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                                              irisarbor

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                                              Re:Eggs Benedict Tue, 05/18/10 12:06 PM (permalink)
                                              Oh goodness some eggs benedict every now and then isn't going to hurt anyone.

                                              4 eggs every day- probably not a good plan.
                                              It's all about balance.
                                               
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                                                westy

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                                                Re:Eggs Benedict Tue, 05/18/10 12:40 PM (permalink)
                                                I'm 52 years old and have dined from coast to coast. I have never seen a truffle on eggs Benedict. That dish is all about the quality of the ham and the hollandaise. Me thinks someone is being a bit snobbish when inquiring about 'so called' missing truffles in these pics.
                                                 
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                                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                                  Re:Eggs Benedict Tue, 05/18/10 1:01 PM (permalink)
                                                  Perhaps you ought to consider dining in better restaurants. You know, places where they are aware that eggs Benedict is supposed to have Canadian bacon under the poached egg and a sliver of black truffle atop the sauce.
                                                   
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                                                    sizz

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                                                    Re:Eggs Benedict Tue, 05/18/10 2:05 PM (permalink)
                                                    Michael Hoffman


                                                    Perhaps you ought to consider dining in better restaurants. You know, places where they are aware that eggs Benedict is supposed to have Canadian bacon under the poached egg and a sliver of black truffle atop the sauce.

                                                    you tell him Mike....... People,, pay attention here... this is coming from a guy who's favorite daily breakfast is at a Waffle House  so he ought to know all about dining in better venues ....lol 
                                                    this is all in fun Michael but you must admit you really "stepped on it" this time............... and you were wearing golf shoes   ..ouch!


                                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggs_Benedict

                                                     
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                                                      Michael Hoffman

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                                                      Re:Eggs Benedict Tue, 05/18/10 5:23 PM (permalink)
                                                      Oh?

                                                      What's in eggs Benedict?
                                                      From the bottom up:
                                                      English muffins. Unfrozen is best. Their split halves should be toasted to crispness. Tearing the halves apart with a fork or with hands, rather than slicing them, increases their surface area, and therefore also their flavor and absorbancy. Few restaurants bother. English muffins need not be the soft, yeasty, most popular Thomas's brand. Actually, they should not be, since Thomas's standard muffins are too small and their sandwich-size muffins are too large. Matthew's is a good retail brand of English muffin in the New York City area.
                                                      Canadian bacon. Standard bacon comes from pork "bellies," the underside of the hog, along the ribs. Canadian bacon comes from the meatier loin, along the backbone. It is trimmed of excess fat and is cured like ham. Often, ordinary ham is substituted in eggs Benedict. Canadian bacon should be freshly grilled, but is always packaged presliced, which does not improve flavor or texture. Technically, it is "Canadian-style" bacon if it is not of Canadian origin. Canadians do not eat it more than any other pork-product-loving people, though they may call it back bacon or pea-meal bacon.
                                                      http://www.echonyc.com/~jkarpf/eggs/what.html
                                                       
                                                      EDIT: By the way, I don't have eggs Benedict for breakfast. It's a lunch or dinner meal for me.
                                                      <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Tue, 05/18/10 7:05 PM>
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Eggs Benedict Wed, 05/19/10 8:16 AM (permalink)
                                                        I also like a good eggs Benedict, But I always felt the english muffin was the wrong choice of bread. I find a Croissant to be a better choice, its light, buttery, and brings it all together better.............Billyb
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Eggs Benedict Wed, 05/19/10 9:01 AM (permalink)
                                                          Miss Shirleys in Baltimore Has some Ridiculous Benedict Choices!! My wife Had the soft shell crab It was OTH!!

                                                          Smoked Salmon Benedict $17.99
                                                          Poached Eggs & Smoked Salmon on Potato Cakes with Asparagus, Chive Hollandaise Sauce & Sour Cream
                                                          Crab & Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict $18.99
                                                          Poached Eggs, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat & Corn Hash with Roasted Red Pepper Hollandaise Sauce
                                                          Southern Sunrise Benedict $14.99
                                                          Poached Eggs & Housemade Slow Roasted Carolina Pulled Pork on Corn Bread Rounds with Collard Greens made with Tasso Ham & Cajun Hollandaise Sauce

                                                          Soft Shell Shirley-Feller Market Price
                                                          Cornmeal-Encrusted Soft Shell Crab, Creamed Chipped Beef & Egg Round on Shredded Potato & Onion Hash Browns, Topped with White Cheddar Cheese
                                                           
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                                                            DougS

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                                                            Re:Eggs Benedict Wed, 05/19/10 10:47 PM (permalink)
                                                            Canadian Back Bacon is the crowning glory to a good Eggs Benedict.
                                                            There is a difference in Canadian back bacon, if it is smoked it is Canadian Bacon, if it is just sweet pickled cured, rolled in cornmeal, and not smoked, it is Peameal bacon. As Michael states, "Canadian bacon comes from the meatier loin, along the backbone".

                                                            They are both excellent on eggs Benedict.
                                                             
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