Now a brunch menu staple, eggs Benedict actually dates back to 1894, when it was created by New York City’s Waldorf Hotel. The story pegs the dish to a Wall Street broker with the last name of Benedict who was in need of a hangover cure.
Fast-forward to the 21st century and classic eggs Benedict—two poached eggs perched on Canadian bacon or ham on a toasted English muffin and covered with hollandaise sauce—has practically turned into a brunch cliche. To take the dish out of that comfort zone, some chefs are riffing on the classic, creating variations that rock the norm. Take a look at five restaurants that are spinning eggs Benedict in new directions.
For the Sunday brunch menu at his Chicago restaurant, chef Bill Kim deconstructed traditional eggs Benedict and tweaked every component to come up with a dish that would jive with his Asian menu. Toasted, housemade Chinese buns stand in for the usual English muffins, slices of tea-smoked duck breast sub for the ham, and Thai curry replaces plain hollandaise sauce. The final touch: The kitchen dips the poached eggs in tempura batter and deep-fries them.
This Washington, D.C., restaurant aims to put a modern twist on Indian classics and an Indian accent on American dishes. Its Dosas and Mimosas brunch includes chicken kebab eggs Benedict, a unique take on tradition featuring minced chicken, garlic, ginger and poached eggs on paratha bread with masala hollandaise. It joins a roster of Indian street foods and creative cocktails.
Mike’s City Diner
At this homestyle Boston breakfast destination, chef-owner Jay Hajj created a duck confit hash as a bed for Benedict ingredients. The meltingly tender duck is combined with sauteed vegetables, diced potatoes, chicken stock and herbs to serve as a bed for poached eggs topped with hollandaise.
Belgian-style waffles are the star at this Chicago neighborhood cafe, creating a Benedict that boasts a sweet-savory balance. Topping the waffles are creamed kale and poached eggs; thick pieces of braised bacon are served off to the side and a drizzle of maple syrup ties the elements together.