Eggs Benedict is a breakfast masterpiece. The traditional take on the dish consists of two halves of an English muffin that’s topped with Canadian bacon or ham, two poached eggs, and a helping of hollandaise sauce. But, some restaurants put a spin on this classic, swapping out the traditional meat for veggies, crab cakes, or even trout and amping up the sauce with pesto, tomato, or dill flavored hollandaise.
Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true take on eggs Benedict or want to branch out for a unique taste, consider ordering from one of these metro Detroit restaurants the next time you’re craving the savory breakfast dish.
The Benny’s section on Dime Store’s menu features an impressive lineup of eggs Benedict dishes. There’s the Classic and Veggie as well as several unique Benedicts. The General Tso’s is made with General Tso’s chicken and broccoli on steamed rice cakes; the Cold-Smoked Salmon features salmon, chive cream cheese, onion, arugula, and capers on an English muffin; and the Cheesesteak is built on an English muffin and features shaved ribeye, onion, portabella, and American cheese. Customers have the option of choosing house breakfast potatoes, side salad, or fresh fruit with their meal. Dime Store, 719 Griswold St., #180, Detroit; 313-962-9106; eatdimestore.com
Toast offers up a more classic eggs Benedict — the Toast Benny is topped with bacon or ham, tomato, spinach, and hollandaise — and a more unique option called the Nova Scotia. The latter features smoked salmon, spinach, heirloom tomato, dill hollandaise, and balsamic drizzle. Both choices are served with home fries, bacon fried rice, or grits. Customers can sub fruit or tomato slices for an additional cost. At Toast’s Birmingham location, Benedicts come on English muffins, and at the Ferndale location, you have the choice of an English muffin or biscuit. Toast, 203 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-258-6278; and 23144 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-398-0444; eatattoast.com
Mad Hatter Bistro
Prior to the pandemic, this Birmingham bistro was known for its build-your-own Benedict special. While Mad Hatter has had to put a pause on this offer for the time being, it’s still offering two Benedict options you won’t want to miss. The Eggs Benedict features a toasted English muffin, Canadian bacon, and hollandaise while the Crab Cake Benedict features a toasted English muffin with crab cakes and hollandaise. Breakfast includes potatoes or fresh-cut fruit. Mad Hatter Bistro, 185 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-540-0000; madhatterbistro.com
The Jagged Fork
This metro Detroit chain’s menu includes several standout eggs Benedict options. “Fork favorites” include the Voodoo, an English muffin topped with guacamole, chorizo, cheddar cheese, and salsa verde, and the Pesto Benny, a grilled English muffin with homemade pine nut basil pesto, sautéed spinach, mozzarella, and tomato. The Jagged Fork; visit thejaggedfork.com for locations
Benedict options at Breakfast Club include the Classic Eggs Benedicts, which is a traditional benny made with Canadian bacon; the Smoked Salmon Benedict, made up of capers, onion, and salmon; the Healthy Benedict with portabella mushroom, spinach, grilled tomato, and a pesto hollandaise; and the Crabcake Benedict. All options are served with tomato panzanella. Breakfast Club, 30600 John R Road, Madison Heights; 248-307-9090; breakfastclubdetroit.com; and 1713 Haggerty Road, Commerce Twp.; 248-926-0690; breakfastclubcommerce.com
Pop’s For Italian
This Ferndale Italian spot has three different Benedict options on its menu. The Prosciutto Benedict is built on an English muffin that’s topped with prosciutto, sausage gravy, and herbs. The Smoked Salmon Benedict is built on top of house-made tomato focaccia and features salmon, crème fraîche, fried capers, and citrus hollandaise. While the Pulled Pork Benedict is built on top of a southern biscuit and features pulled pork, onion jam, tomato hollandaise, and fried leeks. All items are served with Tuscan potatoes. Pop’s For Italian, 280 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; 248-268-4806; popsforitalian.com
A French-inspired Cajun restaurant, French Toast serves up a traditional eggs Benedict dish — made with Dearborn ham and built on a biscuit — as well as two unique options. Along with the usual poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, the Crab Cake Benedict is made up of Maryland crab cakes and topped with pico de gallo. And the Arcadian Benedict is a vegetarian-friendly meal made with fried green tomatoes and spinach. Both plates are served with house hash or grits and mixed greens. French Toast, 40370 Five Mile Road, Plymouth; 734-335-6533; frenchtoastbistro.com
The Brooklyn Street Local
The Eggs Florentine and Eggs Benedict at The Brooklyn Street Local are solid Benedict options, but if you’re looking for something unique, we suggest you try the Smoked Trout Benny. Built on a house-made biscuit, the dish features traditional hollandaise with arugula, pickled red onion, and smoked Michigan trout. Pick a side like fries or salad or — for an additional charge — poutine, kale salad, or fresh fruit. The Brooklyn Street Local, 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6547; brooklynstreetlocal.com