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Finding LA's Best Eggs Benedict: The Low-End Edition
So, I've becomed obsessed with Eggs Benedict. Yes, it may be a heart attack on a plate. Or what one friend called a 'glorified Egg McMuffin' but there's something about the concept of a poached egg atop Canadian bacon and a toasted English muffin with Hollandaise sauce smothering the whole concoction that gets this foodie excited. The tricky part was finding the best Eggs Benedict in LA.
Unlike omelettes, Eggs Benedict does not seem to be a standard breakfast item. Like mimosas, it seems to be a staple of the Sunday morning brunch. Since most of my dining adventures occur on Fridays or Saturdays I looked for a restaurant that serves Eggs Benedict more than just one day out of the week (ruling out Clementine).
I decided to go low-end and sample the Eggs Benedict at two greasy spoons/diners: the newly re-opened Du-Par's at The Farmer's Market, and House of Pies. While Du-Pars is better known for its pancakes, it offers several versions of Eggs Benedict including Florentine (with fresh spinach instead of the Canadian bacon), crabcakes (they replace the muffins), and Avocado and Turkey (am I the only one disgusted by the thought of fresh turkey and eggs?).
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For my first ever Eggs Benedict I went for the Traditional, which came with a side of potatoes. I also decided to order a side of bacon, which was rather overpriced, seeing as it usually comes for free with most dishes at diners (though perhaps I'm too used to places like Denny's or IHOP).
Du-Par's came through with light and buttery English muffins, crispy yet chewy Canadian bacon, perfectly poached eggs and a light and creamy Hollandaise sauce. Though Du-Par's seems rather overpriced for diner food, I wouldn't mind coming back if dining again at The Grove.
After a positive experience at Du-Par's I decided to have Eggs Benedict again, this time at Los Feliz's House of Pies. My Eggs Benedict experience there reminded me why I only go there for dessert. They replaced Canadian bacon with thick slabs of ham that upset the delicate balance of the dish. All I could taste was salty ham. The muffins were also extremely soggy and the eggs rather chewy. All in all, a major disappointment.
Next time I'm going to a pricier cafe... perhaps the Pacific Dining Car. Has anyone tried their version? Also, is Eggs Benedict nirvana really worth $15?