As summer comes to an end, Juan hits us with a benny review from the shore...
That's right folks. Juan took a trip "down the shore" just to review a benny for you! That's not true, but I do know a lot of you Philly cats spend your weekends down there so I figured I'd check out a place where you can find a benny. Maggie's has a real nice deck, perfect for the outdoor brunch experience. This benny looks pretty good and perfectly lit by some quality beach side sunshine, right? Don't be deceived. This one ranks among the lowest for me. Completely standard, nothing special. Totally drowning in hollandaise! The potatoes were probably the saving grace of this entire dish. I'm going to leave the garbage and Jersey like I should have in the first place and only eat bennys from the 215 from here on out. - Juan
Our first brunch experience from one of Mr. Starr's establishments... I was not blown away. As visually appealing as this benny is, it was just about standard. The ham was cut really thin, couldn't taste it as much as I would have liked to. Potatoes were above average, cleverly cut like ruffles potato chips. I will say this benny was reasonably priced at $8.50, however the bloody mary was certainly not at $10. You heard right, my drink was more expensive than my meal. Service was sub-par but there was no shortage of hot lil chickens working at that place, I guess that's the sacrifice. Really not much to say about this benny, it was average.- Juan
This benny right here was an absolute hit. Garlic muffins, spinach, tomato hollandaise and merguez lamb sausage. The lamb sausage was out of this world, spiced to perfection. Potatoes were also fantastic, tasted like they came off a grille. The Caribou is a nice place, a little swank for your typical hungover weekend brunch, and the price reflects. If I had to say something negative about this benny (which I do) it would be about the meat/egg distribution. As you'll notice in the photo, one muffin was topped with the sausage, the other with an egg. First time I've seen this approach. I'd prefer sausage and egg on BOTH of my muffins please. This benny was too good to be shorted an egg! - Juan
4 out of 5
Oeufs benedicte w/ hangar steak
Not much of a difference here, other than the meat. I do recall my eggs being slightly overdone, which can make or break a benny. I had a taste of Juan's lamb sausage benny and I must say that if I ever returned to the Caribou Cafe, I'd go with that instead of the hangar steak. Presented in the same fashion, the hangar steak benny was pretty decent. The steak itself came out medium-medium well, which is usually how I order my steak. Caribou also offers a salmon benny which unfortunately wasn't reviewed. C. Hunte could have completed the trifecta, but his weak stomach isn't cut out for the world of benny reviewing. Poor guy.
There was a time where I would go to St. Stephens Green just about every week for drinks. I didn't know they served brunch until a week ago, and apparently I've been missing out because its hittin. They offer two bennys, a standard benny, and the Florentine Crab benny, which consists of spinach, crab, two poached eggs, and tarragon sauce choron on english muffins. Great benny, great presentation. Somebody suggest a less than stellar benny so I can stop with these gracious ratings.
El Ciudad. Most people who aren't in the know front on Silk City when they see it, and write it off as another grimey diner based on its outer shell. Little do they know that inside lies some of the best food No. Libs has to offer. Their benedict is pretty much your standard benny, with the exception of the meat. Canadian bacon, yes, but 3 pieces of Canadian bacon. Two placed in the classic fashion we all know and love, BUT a third creating a bridge from one benny to the next, as if to help you segue seamlessly into the other benny. Genius.
'Go and eat brunch at A Full Plate' should be #1 on your list of plans this weekend. What you see pictured is their Crabcake benny. Two crabcakes topped with mozzarella cheese and poached eggs. One of the best bennys I've had in quite some time. After much discussion with my fellow benny connesieurs, I've determined that A Full Plate is cheating. The crabcakes alone are a meal in and of themselves. They just decided to slap some poached eggs on top to contend with the Abbaye for the number one position on my super important blog. I'm on to you Full Plate...
This picture of the New Wave benny looks about as traditional as an eggs benedict can get. English muffin, ham, poached eggs and bearnaise sauce (gotcha). Very decent benny. Nothing to get too excited about, but I would definitely have another if I found myself looking for a brunch spot in Queen Village.3/7th's of the Christian St. ladies dug it. I think you will too.
This benny here reminds me a joke someone once told me, it went something like this. "Apparently smaller cars, cell phones, and laptop computers are really in style right now. Maybe someday smaller penises will be in style...and YOU my friend, will be a legend". Well apparently smaller bennys are in style now too, and I couldn't be more disappointed. I grasp (but do not enjoy) that whole smaller portions trend but c'mon! This is not T.G.I. Fridays people, this is BRUNCH we're talking about. All things aside, this was an outstanding benny. Thinly sliced ham, perfects eggs and hollandaise sauce on a toasty little biscuit. Home fries were also excellent. You should also be aware that Cafe Estelle is a pour-your-own coffee place with 4 different blends to chose from. You also receive a cup to-go after paying. We dig this about you Estelle. Awesome benny, but I left hungry.
This was a solid 4-egg benny but Im knocking it down to 3.5 due to size.
3.5 out of 5
Similar story with the Eggs Francis. Great benny, but a bit on the small side. Shrimp, artichokes, bernaise sauce, all on top of an English Muffin fit for a baby. The benny kids meal, the White Castle equivalent of the benny, etc. Don't get it twisted, just because I could have easily eaten 2 more of these doesn't mean that the taste was lacking. A good amount of shrimp/artichokes despite the surface area of the English Muffin!
I admire any benny that deviates from the norm. In the case of The Belgian Cafe, substituting a Liege waffle for an english muffin seemed ballsy when I first read about it. The waffle, combined with Lancaster ham, poached eggs, and some asparagus made for a surprisingly average benny. Did I expect more out of it? Probably. Was it bad? No. Would I order it again? Probably not.
While I realize that the focus of this blog is on the benny itself, I'd like to stress the importance of potatoes during brunch. Hash browns, home fries, frites, latke... these things matter!
Cajun Tasso ham, broiled tomato, Marchand de Vin sauce, and hollandaise on an english muffin served with potatoes and a salad. A full plate indeed. I wasn't sure what to expect out of the Eggs Hussarde as I've never had this variation of the benny, but it really didn't taste that much different from a regular benny to me. However, the Cajun Tasso ham was noticably different. Great benny, great service. 4 out of 5
You know Juan had to provide hope to the people after Hurricane Katrina... so what did he do? Order the Re-New Orleans eggs benedict! Definitely a change of pace here. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. There is no english muffin OR biscuit under that benny. That my friends, is Crawfish-potato hash. It was incredible, tons of crawfish. Add a couple of poached eggs topped with smoke tomato Choron sauce and you've got the Re-New Orleans. This dish definitely had some of that "Nawlans" creole soul-food spice to it. Off the hook, would also be great to eat for lunch or dinner. Served with a side salad, this may be the first benny that didn't make me want to kill myself after consuming it - Quite refreshing. There's a reason why the lights from the heavens are shining down on the picture of the Re-New Orleans and not the Hussarde. Go find out for yourself
First and foremost, thanks to Drew Lazor over at Citypaper.net for featuring the Eggs Benny Files in the Meal Ticket section of the paper's online blog reel!
Now we realize that we have hardly broken the surface of the egg that is the 215 benny scene, so we want to know where YOU believe the best eggs benny can be found in the brotherly. Leave the name of your favorite benny slangin' establishment and our dedicated team will voyage to your neck of the woods to continue the journey. Shit, why don't you join us for brunch?
This was the weekend I did the impossible. Two bennys in two days. The surgeon general disapproves of even consuming one benny per month, let alone two in two days.
Sunday morning record store trek to west philly with Eli turns into a visit to ZOT, a hidden belgian beer spot that could most definitely hang with Monks... PLUS they serve brunch on Sunday! Frites, homemade biscuits, poached eggs, bernaise sauce (!), and fried prosciutto instead of bacon.
4 out of 5
Where's the bacon you might ask?....
Bacon's in the vodka!!! $3 Bloody Mary's on Sundays.
*** Zot has recently altered their benny... another review coming soon!
One of two Sabrina's reviews as their Eggs Benedict Florentine DOES taste different at each location. Sabrina's is usually packed, but the homie Raws and I were lucky enough to find some seats at the bar. After Luke explained to the waitress that I was an "Eggs Benedict Connoisseur" and my blood is actually 43% hollandaise sauce... it was time to get down on the Eggs Benedict Florentine. This is their bare bones benny, and I couldn't be more satisfied with it.... just wish it wasn't so damn crowded at this spot!
4.5 out of 5
Side: minutes later, I finally scored a copy of the crazy rare Eugene Mcdaniels LP, Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
Juan and I ventured to south phil for the Royal Tavern's Eggs Blackstone. Poached eggs, biscuits, fried tomatoes, crumbled bacon, hollandaise sauce, and hash browns. I'm not really quite sure how to explain this, but this benny got better over time. I felt like something was off about the first biscuit, but the second one regained my faith in the Blackstone.
Not your classic eggs benedict. Listed as "Huevos Dos Segundos", this is more of a mexican take on the eggs benedict. Sopes are substituted for english muffins, and I believe there were some refried beans in there as well. An interesting dish, but not something I would order regularly.
Your classic eggs benedict. Nothing spectacular upon first glance, but this turned out to be a decent benny. Hollandaise sauce was a little sweet for my taste (very similar to Sabrinas). They also have a salmon & tomato benny which I'll be getting into sometime in the near future.
Regular Eggs Benedict... perfection in a benny. Homemade biscuits & the perfect amount of hollandaise sauce.
5 out of 5.
Juan's dish is pictured, so here's his review:
Always a great selection here. Biscuits, eggs and hollandaise are all superb. And look at those potatoes?! Crispy and delicious, best of the city thus far. My only side-note is that I prefer the classic canadian bacon as opposed to the regular bacon pictured here. Otherwise, no complaints. The Abbaye is our home-field of breakfast spots, if you will. You'll never once wait for a table (all of you suckers waiting out front of Honeys need to get a clue) and the home of Jorge, only the best server in the 215.
Im giving a 4.5 out of 5.
The Texas Benedict
"It takes a particular hunger to order the Texas benny..." - Jorge
Don't ever order this. Unless you enjoy feeling like complete crap. The infamous Texas Benedict. This is the second (and last) Texas Benny I've ever ordered from the Abbaye.
Homemade biscuits, gravy, bacon, poached eggs, and... fried chicken.Tastes GREAT, but not intended to be eaten by humans.
3 out of 5.
The Vegetable Benedict...
.. for those of you who think adding spinach and tomatoes somehow transforms the eggs bendict into a healthy meal.
In all seriousness, I dig this benny as much as the regular benny at the Abbaye. Nothing complicated about this one... ditch the bacon, add some veggies.
A young man's quest to find the best eggs benedict in the city of Philadelphia. Some may say it's impossible, some may question my motives, some are just flat out haters and want all the bennys for themselves.