When dining out at your favorite breakfast diner, there is one menu option that is a customer favorite. Sure, you’re probably thinking eggs – what is breakfast without eggs, anyway? However, if you take the classic choice to the next level and combine it with endless possibilities, we’re now talking about Eggs Benedict.
Here at Stow Cafe, we understand that our customers love options – including the classics. With this in mind, our menu now only delivers, but so does our blog! In this article, we’re taking a closer look at eggs benny – the history, the options, and everything you may (or may not) have ever wondered about this breakfast favorite!
Eggs Benedict is a classic breakfast dish consisting of an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. Believe it or not, this delicious and elegant dish has a fascinating history that dates back to the late 19th century.
The origins of Eggs Benedict are somewhat unclear, but a few popular stories explain how this dish came to be.
One of the most popular stories attributes the creation of Eggs Benedict to Lemuel Benedict, a wealthy New Yorker who was looking for a cure for his hangover in 1894. He allegedly walked into the Waldorf Hotel and requested a dish including buttered toast, crispy bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. The dish was a hit, and was promptly added to the hotel’s breakfast menu.
Another story attributes the creation of Eggs Benedict to Charles Ranhofer, a French chef who worked at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City. Ranhofer is said to have created the dish in the late 1800s for a regular customer who wanted something new and different for breakfast. With the ingredients on hand and a touch of creativity, the dish was presented and immediately loved.
Regardless of which story is true, there is no doubt that Eggs Benedict quickly became a popular dish in high-end restaurants and hotels in New York City and beyond. However, in the early beginnings, Eggs Benedict was considered a luxurious and indulgent breakfast option, and it was often served to wealthy patrons in opulent dining rooms only.
Over time, variations began to appear on menus around the world. Some restaurants substituted Canadian bacon with other types of meat, such as smoked salmon or ham. Others added additional ingredients, such as spinach or avocado. Regardless of the preference and variation, this breakfast item became a phenomenon and was clearly here to stay.
A classic breakfast diner option that is here to stay.
Today, Eggs Benedict remains a popular breakfast dish found on menus in breakfast diners around the world. It is a dish that has stood the test of time, and its continued popularity is a testament to its delicious and satisfying flavors.
Now that you’re craving a satisfyingly delicious Eggs Benedict, head over to Stow Cafe for the best breakfast in town!
Fresh ingredients and exceptional service make this classic meal a memorable one!