Did you know there are two confirmed origin stories recalling the invention of eggs benedict? It is said that in the 1860’s, a woman by the name of Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, was a regular patron of the very first restaurant opened in the U.S., Delmonico’s. One day, finding nothing to her liking, Mrs. Benedict asked the chef to create something new, inspiring him to ultimately add Eggs a’ la Benedick to his menu. Alternately, in 1894, a Wall Street broker by the name of Lemuel Benedict sought a hangover cure at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. He ordered buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs and a hooker of hollandaise sauce – the chef was so impressed, he added the dish to his breakfast menu. Celebrate this longtime favorite with a trip to one of these San Diego hotspots this National Eggs Benedict Day on April 16th!
Carlsbad’s latest brunch addition, Toast Gastrobrunch, presents several innovative twists on the classic eggs bennie, including their Duck Duck Bennie, an elevated medley of duck confit, mushroom, truffle oil, hollandaise and scallions. Savor this morning masterpiece on their expansive patio, complete with a firepit and modern ambiance suited to the occasion, or relax in their main dining room, clad in clever breakfast décor, plus a life-size cow sculpture – I mean, did brunch really happen if you don’t take advantage of a photo op of that magnitude?
With seven locations around San Diego, Breakfast Republic has become a local favorite and staple morning eatery for those who appreciate its quirky demeanor and globally-influenced breakfast bites. Celebrate the almighty bennie with their Crab & Crawfish Cake, built from blackberry-jalapeño jam, guajillo and hollandaise, or go the vegan route with their Jammin’ Bennie, stacked with blackberry-jalapeño jam, Italian vegan sausage, mung bean egg substitute and vegan hollandaise.
Situated in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station, Fig Tree Cafe is a longstanding favorite in San Diego’s dining community, boasting 10 years of business at its Pacific Beach location. Showcasing a clear passion for delivering fresh ingredients and an atmosphere suited to the area’s coastal influence, this garden-meets-beach eatery offers their Tuscan Benedict, comprised of sun-dried tomato, spinach and basil over your choice of an English muffin or house-baked focaccia bread. This place is no yolk when it comes to National Eggs Benedict Day!
Located in the heart of Mission Beach, Miss B’s Coconut Club is a prime destination for those seeking a bennie with a little island twist. Enjoy a tropical staycation for the senses with their Cubano Benedict, featuring duroc ham, pulled pork, house-spiced mustard, poached eggs and jerk hollandaise served on garlic buttered kolache toast with a side of house potatoes. Talk about “Havana” good time! Pair that with one of the location’s coveted cocktails, and you’ll find that this eggs bennie destination really is all it’s cracked up to be.
Just as cute and charming as its name implies, The Lazy Hippo is a Gaslamp District go-to for the city’s downtown brunch crowd. Treat your taste buds to their flavorsome and filling Smoked Salmon Benny, plated with your choice of traditional or chipotle hollandaise sauce on an English muffin, plus a side of fruit or sautéed spinach.
Pay tribute to National Eggs Benedict Day at farm-to-table haven, Farmer’s Bottega, nestled in Mission Hills and bestowing a variety of locally-sourced ingredients. Dine surrounded by farm-inspired, vintage décor as you gorge on their Baja Benedict, a generous serving of Mexican white shrimp served over Havarti cheddar mascarpone grits and topped with hollandaise sauce.
Mezé Greek Fusion, located at 345 Sixth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, adds Greek flair to the classic brunch dish with two creative and unconventional recipes. The spanakopita benedict adds poached eggs and Avgolemono sauce on top of spanakopita, a traditional Greek puff pastry filled with fresh spinach, leeks, feta cheese, mint and dill. For meat connoisseurs, Mezé Greek Fusion offers the filet mignon benedict, made with marinated and grilled filet mignon and two poached eggs on a toasted English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce.
Death by Tequila, located at 569 S Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas, reimagines the classic breakfast dish with locally-grown organic ingredients and global influence. Created by former “Top Chef” contestant Angelo Sosa, Death by Tequila’s Eggs Benedicto layers sweet corn cakes with country ham, slow-poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and served with home fries. Guests also have the choice to add avocado, chicken, crab, smoked salmon or steak to their Eggs Benedicto.
The Morning After, located at 531 F St. in the Gaslamp Quarter, is downtown San Diego’s new brunch spot known for its colorful and creative menu. The Morning After celebrates the breakfast staple with the prosciutto benedict, a savory dish that stacks an English muffin with prosciutto, herb goat cheese, warm spinach, lemon hollandaise and grilled asparagus, served with house potatoes.
Theatre Box, the Gaslamp Quarter’s new luxury theatre, dining and entertainment complex located at 701 Fifth Ave., will offers two specialty eggs Benedict dishes at Sugar Factory American Brasserie, which is located inside Theatre Box. Guests may indulge in either the Sugar Factory Eggs Benedict, made with two poached farm fresh eggs, Canadian bacon, grilled asparagus, house-made hollandaise and hash browns; or the Manhattan Eggs Benedict, made with two poached farm fresh eggs topped with wild Alaskan smoked salmon, grilled asparagus, herb hollandaise and hash browns.
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, the award-winning modern American restaurant located at 2202 Fourth Ave. in Bankers Hill, offers two delicious styles of the classic breakfast dish. The smoked salmon benedict is served on house-made English muffins and topped with spinach, tomato and chive hollandaise, served with BH home fries; and the signature eggs benedict is served on house-made English muffins and topped with poached eggs, smoked ham and hollandaise, served with BH home fries.