Many decadent breakfasts were born out of a need to cure a hangover. The origin story of Eggs Benedict is no different.
A Wall Street broker whose last name was Benedict wandered into New York City’s Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and asked for what has now been adapted into a breakfast and brunch staple on menus across the globe. And even though the classic version, consisting of an English muffin, Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise, is hard to beat, New Orleans chefs have an uncanny ability to improve upon just about anything – even those culinary creations that leave little to be desired.
So, without further ado, here are several New Orleans restaurants where you can find unique and awesome Eggs Benedict. Eat your heart out, New York.
10 PLACES FOR AWESOME EGGS BENEDICT
Brennan’s Restaurant — Home to one of the prettiest courtyards in the Quarter, Brennan’s is known for its fantastic brunch. Chef Slade Rushing’s Artisanal Eggs Benedict with house-made English muffin, coffee-cured Canadian bacon, and hollandaise is a sophisticated nod to the original for $17.
Day of the Week Benedict
Criollo — Why wait until the weekend to get your Benedict fix? At this restaurant inside the Hotel Monteleone, they feature a different Eggs Benedict every single day of the week. And with options like the Northern Benedict with toasted brioche, mushroom duxelle, smoked salmon, poached egg, and dill hollandaise, you’ll forget all about your “case of the Mondays.” Daily Benedicts are all $16 and served with a slice of grilled tomato and breakfast potatoes.
Best Bywater Benedict
Elizabeth’s – Why eat eggs on an English muffin when we have local French bread? The crew over at this Bywater resounds this sentiment and therefore has created the Eggs Elizabeth with grilled French bread, ham, poached eggs and hollandaise for $13. This, plus a Corpse Reviver cocktail, is sure to cure any lingering, late-night blues.
Best Benedict(s) with a View
Stanley – There’s nothing more magical than having breakfast and cafe au lait while watching the hustle and bustle of St. Louis Cathedral and the Pedestrian Mall. Try the Eggs Stanley, an update on the classic featuring cornmeal fried oysters. Or, skip the knife and fork altogether and get your hands on the Eggs Benedict Poor Boy. My personal favorite, however, is the Breaux Bridge Benedict with house made boudin, ham, American cheese, poached eggs, and hollandaise on toasted slices of French Bread. The cost? $16 and under. The view? Priceless.
Best Benedict on a Biscuit
Ruby Slipper – Enjoy five variations, including one with a fried chicken breast and pork tasso cream sauce, corned beef hash, and hollandaise, and smoked salmon with red onion, capers, and dill hollandaise. And with four locations in Mid-City, the CBD, Marigny, and the French Quarter, you’d be foolish not to check them out. All Benedicts are $14 and under.
Most Unique Benedict
Dante’s Kitchen – Brunch dreams come true at this artsy oasis in the Riverbend. Come for the bacon praline cinnamon sticky buns, stay for the Dante’s Eggs Benedict of sliced, roasted, rosemary-rubbed pork loin on a buttermilk biscuit with honey, poached eggs, and hollandaise for $14.50.
Best Uptown Benedict
Atchafalaya – Home to the only Bloody Mary bar in the city, this neighborhood restaurant is also one of the only places you can get brunch Thursday through Monday. I adore the Eggs Atchafalaya with fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crabmeat, and hollandaise for $17.
Best Seafood Benedict
Apolline – A former shotgun double now serves as a beautiful restaurant space on Magazine Street in the heart of Uptown. Sip bottomless mimosas while noshing on Chef Matt Farmer’s spin on the classic, featuring a house-made biscuit topped with Andouille sausage, Louisiana crawfish tails, poached eggs, and hollandaise for $16.
Most Classic Benedict
Arnaud’s — Sunday Jazz Brunch is a rite of passage in New Orleans, and this soon-to-be century old French Quarter restaurant knows how to do it in style. Their Eggs Benedict is totally classic, just like the restaurant: English muffin, quality Canadian bacon, perfectly poached eggs, and buttery hollandaise for $32.50. And if you’re with a group of two or more, pair brunch with a Café Brulot, flamed table-side for $9 per person.
Best Benedict with a Kick
Coulis – Another great neighborhood breakfast and lunch staple on Prytania Street in Uptown New Orleans. If you like a little spice in your life, check out their Eggs Benicia, which is a stack of cheddar-jalapeño corn cakes topped with pork debris, poached eggs, and hollandaise for a mere $9.75.