While we love a clever, tricked-out dish as much as the next food-obsessed person, there’s something to be said for the classics—that is, when done right. This Lincoln Park restaurant’s all-white beach house–inspired vibe, while laid on thick, is the perfect setting for its traditional eggs Benedict, which hits all the right notes. The English muffins are made in-house daily, the hollandaise has the perfect balance of acid from lemon and heat from Tabasco, and the poached eggs only need a gentle nudge to release their runny yolk.
For a dish that allegedly got its start as a hangover cure some 70 years ago at New York’s Waldorf Hotel—well, that’s one of the stories—eggs Benedict sure has come a long way. These days, this dish comprised of English muffins topped with poached eggs, ham and hollandaise is fodder for reinvention by chefs everywhere, including at some of the best Chicago restaurants. From a Moroccan version at one of the fanciest downtown Chicago hotels to a surprising version at one of our favorite Korean restaurants, these are the eggs Benedict worth getting out of bed for—hangover not required.
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