The way we see it, eggs Benedict has one major bonus over other morning egg preparations. Since the eggs are poached instead of fried, you have extra license to pile on decadent sauces and toppings. From classic hollandaise-drenched muffins to outrageously delicious combinations, here are eight must-try eggs Benny dishes in Philadelphia. Happy brunching!
Two of Reading Terminal Market’s best vendors collaborated on this limited-time special. Pulled pork from world-famous DiNic’s sits between egg and hollandaise, surrounded by crisp wedge home fries. Get this one quick, because after July 4, it’s gone ($12).
Eggs Benny at The Gaslight
Jason Cichonski adds shaved ham and fried onions to the egg-hollandaise-muffin stack for brunch at this Old City hang. Breakfast potatoes on the side are drizzled with romesco sauce ($12).
Chicken ‘n’ Waffles Benedict at Green Eggs Cafe
Two great dishes come together on one plate at this trio of bruncheries with outposts in NoLibs, Midtown Village and East Passyunk. Southern fried chicken and poached eggs sit atop buttermilk waffles. The hollandaise is spiked with Louisiana hot sauce ($11).
Smoked Sammy at Sidecar Bar & Grille
Chef Brian Lofink offers four eggs Benedicts during brunch at this Graduate Hospital tavern, but our favorite is the version with Duck Trap cold-smoked salmon beneath the just-whipped hollandaise ($12).
Black Forest Ham Benedict at One Shot Cafe
A lovely salad comes with your Benny at this Northern Liberties coffeehouse, so you don’t have to feel bad about the rich ham beneath the hollandaise. Housemade hash browns themselves are reason to visit, but so is the option to make this dish totally vegan, with tofu scramble and tofu bacon ($12.50).
Sweet-Potato Benny at Cafe La Maude
At this hidden French-Lebanese brunch haven between Old City and Northern Liberties, eggs rest atop spicy sujuk sausage and avocado, and the hollandaise is best soaked up with the sweet-potato hash and diced mangos on the side ($15.25).
Country Sausage Benedict at Bridget Foy’s
At this South Street comfort-food destination, a buttermilk biscuit is split in half to hold the patties of housemade maple sausage, then topped by eggs and country gravy, which oozes happily onto the surrounding home fries ($14).
Crab Cake Benedict at Penrose Diner
At this diner at the southwest corner of the city, you can choose either hollandaise or cheddar sauce to top your eggs sitting on gigantic crab cakes with a side of old-fashioned, grated home fries ($11).