There are fewer things in this world that scream breakfast like a delicious Eggs Benedict, but did you know that it originated as a hangover cure? In 1894, a Wall Street broker named Lemuel Benedict ordered some buttered toast, crispy bacon, poached eggs and some Hollandaise sauce to smother it all in. Wa la! The amazing combination turned into what we know as Eggs Benedict today and since then chefs have been elevating it and making the dish their own. From the classics to the creative, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices.
One of our favorite places to dine at in LA is BLD, which stands for what they do best: breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter what meal you are dining there for it’s sure to be an amazing one with Chef Neal Fraser in the kitchen. With a resume that includes winning Iron Chef America and being a strong contender on Top Chef Master, it’s no wonder that all of his meals are amazing and unique. This is especially true of his egg benedict items that can be enjoyed until 3 p.m. every day. Our favorite Benedict on the menu is a big stray from the traditional since it is a vegan item. However, the flavors make it one of the best for vegans and carnivores alike. Prepared with house smoked tofu bacon, a veggie patty, wilted arugula, a vegan English muffin and Hollandaise it leaves nothing to be desired. We love the taste and the fact that even vegans can enjoy this breakfast favorite.
7450 Beverly Blvd. || Los Angeles, CA 90036 || 323.930.9744 | www.bldrestaurant.com
Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air
Why not elevate your Eggs Benedict by making a fun filled weekend out of it? Head to the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles for an amazing stay-cation complete with a delicious breakfast at this famous restaurant. Everything that they do at Wolfgang Puck is elevated and unique, even the classics. Their Eggs Benedict are made with poached eggs, white cheddar biscuits, maple Hollandaise and tomato jam. The subtle touches make this dish one for the books, and the ambiance and beauty of the hotel and restaurant aren’t bad either.
701 Stone Canyon Road || Los Angeles, CA 90077 || 310.472.1211 | www.dorchestercollection.com
The Churchill is one of those LA restaurants that can do no wrong. Located in the heart of West Third Street, this adorable restaurant serves up some of the best breakfast, lunch, dinner, juices, ice cream, snack and anything else you could want. In addition to the inside and sidewalk patio, they also have a takeaway window where you can pick up meals on the go. However, we suggest grabbing a seat outside and ordering up their Eggs Benedict that won’t disappoint. The key to this dish here at Church is the fact that they cure their own meats, and this one comes with black forest ham. It is served on biscuits and comes with arugula and a chipotle Hollandaise. One bite and you’ll be hooked.
8384 W 3rd Street || Los Angeles, Ca 90048 || 323.655.8384 | www.the-churchill.com
Playa Provisions is one of the most interesting spaces in LA because it brings together four different dining experiences under one roof. Dockside is the seafood restaurant, Grain is the whiskey bar, Small Batch is the ice cream bar and King Beach is the breakfast and lunch spot. King Beach is where you’re going to want to head for the Eggs Benedict. Their benny is a Cajun Shrimp & Dungeness Crab Benedict that is so unique and delicious you’ll be heading there every weekend for another. The fresh seafood in the dish is what Playa Provisions is all about, and the quality is evident in every decadent bite.
119 Culver Blvd || Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 || 310.683.5019 | www.playaprovisions.com
The Rockefeller’s LA location in Manhattan Beach serves up some amazing brunch on the weekends, something we all appreciate and love. On top of their list of delicious items is their Pork Belly Benedict. Served with classic poached eggs, pork belly, tomato, cheesy grits, asparagus and bacon Hollandaise, this dish knocks it out of the park. The cheesy grits are definitely the kicker here that completes and elevates this classic meal. Pair this with their bottomless mimosas or delicious craft beers, and you’ve got the perfect way to start your day.
1209 Highland Avenue || Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 || 310.372.8467 | www.eatrockefeller.com
Little Dom’s is a hidden gem in LA that serves up some big flavors at their charming eatery. Chef Brandon Boudet draws his inspiration for his breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from classic Italian dishes that he transforms into his own. Indulge with his take on Eggs Benedict with their menu item, Eggs Fungi Poached. This Benny comes with roasted mushrooms, grilled bread, and their amazing fennel pollen Hollandaise. While ordering ask for an extra side of the holly to save your waiter a trip later on because you’ll want more where that came from.
2128 Hillhurst Avenue || Los Angeles, CA 90027 || 323.661.0055 | www.littledoms.com
The Hudson in West Hollywood is the perfect place for enjoying one of their delicious Eggs Benedict outside on a beautiful day. Since the weather is amazing more often that not here in LA, we think it’d be a safe bet to plan on dining on their patio. You’ll experience their rustic décor complete with fifty food trees, hanging bulbs, candles, distressed metal and rustic wood. While the patio is a huge plus, let’s not forget why you’ve venturing there in the first place: to celebrate just how amazing eggs benedict can be. The Hudson offers two types of bennies, but our favorite is their crab cake version. This meal comes complete with Red Rock crab, poached eggs, bearnaise sauce, focaccia bread, market greens and potatoes. Grab some friends and a seat outside and dig in!
1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd || West Hollywood, CA 90046 || 323.654.6686 | www.thehudsonla.com
Written by Nicole Fera of Locale Magazine