There are many things Californians know how to do right, but one of them in brunch, and recently the focus of twists on the Eggs Benedict has taken over. Some folks might not enjoy this, but for me the Benedict is the perfect breakfast. From ones full of veggies, slathered in chipotle sauce or with a crab cake added in, the Benedicts across California take a great twist on the traditional breakfast dish that will make your mouth water.
Whether your love is the butter filled hollandaise sauce or the running yolks of the poached eggs, Benedicts are one of those things many of us completely fall in love with. While the basic sauce, egg and ham on an English muffin is delicious, there have become so many variations of this dish that it can satisfy any pallet. When you’re visiting California make sure to take a look if some of the Best Benedicts in California are nearby since each are worth a visit.
If you can’t guess by the name of the restaurant, Bacon & Butter, they are fans of indulging whether sweet or savory. What is a better way to indulge than covering a grilled cheese with poached eggs, bacon, and hollandaise sauce. Rich and delicious, this dish is unique from all the rest. The cheese goes along perfect with the rest of the flavors, but yes you will be stuffed if you try and finish it yourself.
Dungeness Crab Cakes – Pacific Grove, San Diego
In a cute old house right in Pacific Grove you will find the Red House Cafe, at their weekend brunch you’ll find a Benedict on crab cakes and a croissant. This seaside specialty fits in perfectly in the Monterey area. Their hollandaise sauce is packed full of flavor that balances perfectly with the crab.
Veggie Loaded Tuscan – Fig Tree Cafe – Pacific Beach, San Diego
At Fig Tree Cafe, you have a variety of “bennies” to choose from, but the style they do is best is their Tuscan with sundried tomato, basil, and spinach. While many on this list are rich to an extreme all across California you can find veggie covered Benedicts. These can leave you walking away much less stuff, but just as satisfied. Plus the focaccia bread they use is a refreshing twist from the dense muffin you normally come across.
A smoked salmon bagel topped with poached eggs and smothered with hollandaise sauce. This includes the cream cheese, red onion, and capers. You could easily split this between two people there is so much to it. Hash House has a variety of options of benedicts, but this one is the most flavor packed smoked salmon one I’ve come across yet. It isn’t my favorite flavors, but they also have a fried chicken benedict that folks swear by.
A Classic Benedict – Bottega Louie – Los Angeles
Sometimes you still have to go with the classic and Bottega Louie is the perfect spot to enjoy some classics. Their classics from beignets to potato pancakes round out a delicious breakfast. And don’t forget to grab a macaroon on your way out.
With so many different types of cuisines throughout California you will find endless twists on the Benedict, and as long as you’ve got a good sauce, and don’t over poach the eggs (my biggest culinary pet peeve) you’ll do alright. What other twists on the Benedict have you had and enjoyed? Do you have some great ones in your neck of the woods?