Eggs Benedict is a dish invented in New York City in the 1860s by a demanding restaurant patron; a hesitant chef combined poached eggs, salty ham and delicious hollandaise atop an English muffin on the fly and history was made.
There are a million ways to jazz up this breakfast classic and Toronto restaurants know how to spin them poached eggs.
Here’s where to find the best Eggs Benedict in Toronto.
This Roncesvalles BBQ joint does three types of benedict, with brisket, smoked salmon or pommery pulled pork on top of cornbread and smothered in hollandaise.
Address: 299 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Like the rest of the dishes at this French bakery and cafe on Queen East, the excellent Eggs Benny come with a side of baguette. Naturellement.
Address: 812 Queen Street East, Toronto
This new Caribbean restaurant on Queen West has an oxtail Eggs Benedict on the menu. It’s made with braised oxtail atop grilled cornbread and doused in habanero hollandaise.
Address: 903 Queen Street West, Toronto
This elegant French restaurant in the Four Seasons puts up a Benny that’s equally as classic with Canadian bacon and hollandaise on an English muffin.
Address: Four Seasons Hotel
Customize youd Benny to your stomach’s content at this Roncy restaurant where build-a-benny options include sausage, bacon or vegetarian bacon. Each is served with a side of latkes.
Address: 5 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Located in the Annex, Chadwicks has the build-a-Benny situation under control with proteins like brisket and smoked fish, along with baked beans, queso frito or mixed mushrooms.
Address: 286 Howland Avenue, Toronto
This kitchen on St. Clair only alters the classic slightly, swapping out the English muffin for a fluffy, scratch-made buttermilk biscuit and topping it all with mousseline sauce — hollandaise’s fluffier sister.
Address: 810 St. Clair Avenue West
The Bennies at this Junction Triangle restaurant are served with smoked pork belly on a cheddar biscuit. Have yours with a choice of greens, bacon or gravlax.
Address: 1627 Dupont Street, Toronto
This Danforth spot is basically the holy grail when it comes to Benedicts. With a selection of five different sauces and protein selections galore (including meatloaf), you can build your own Benny, or choose from one of their creations like The Smoke Bloke with smoked salmon, zesty hollandaise, and paprika.
Address: 2231 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
There’s always a lineup at this Queen East restaurant, and for good reason. With five types to choose from, enjoy your hotly coveted Benny with brie, avocado and bacon or pulled pork.
Address: 898 Queen Street East, Toronto
The Bacon Explosion Benedict at Lisa Marie comes with two smoked bacon patties and poached eggs on brioche with spicy hollandaise. Be sure to get a side of Fidel Gastro’s famous pad thai fries, they’re an absolute must at brunchtime.
Address: 638 Queen Street West, Toronto
This Dundas West restaurant has two types of Eggs Benedict: The Hogtown BBQ comes on a cheddar chive biscuit with pulled pork and spicy Hogtown hollandaise, while the Latka benny comes on top of potatoe pancakes with avocado hollandaise and smoked trout.
Address: 800 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Best known best for their extraordinary waffles, this Corktown brunch spot will even do a Benny on a Belgian. For the purist, a version on a standard English muffin method is top notch too.
Address: 191 King Street East, Toronto
Speaking of waffles, This waffle-obsessed cafe serves up three different renditions of Eggs Benedict atop their thick circular waffles.
Address: 1078 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto; 810 College Street, Toronto; 505 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto (opening February 2017).
The charming brunch destination in The Village switches out the hollandaise in favour of a cheesy leek fondue which making its Benny. Rounding out the indulgent dish, a side of crispy homefries.
Address: 553 Church Street, Toronto
The Benny at The White Brick Kitchen is served on bap, a Scottish soft roll, with sage sausage, poached eggs, brown butter and topped with hickory sticks. Drool.
Address: 641 Bloor Street West