In Los Angeles for a wedding, we stumbled on Cora's Coffee Shoppe (in Santa Monica). A smallish place, it was quite busy, with a waiting list on a clipboard on the newspaper stand outside. The wait was not long and soon we were seated on the small patio. Hmm, nice menu, reasonable prices.
I asked about the eggs benedict special. I like eggs benedict but sometimes they are plain and ordinary. I needn't have been concerned.
"Are you familiar with eggs benedict?" the server asked. Without waiting for an answer, he continued, "well, ours are a little different."
A little different?
"Instead of an English muffin, we use a toasted rustic white bread. Instead of canadian bacon, we use smoked salmon. Instead of poaching the eggs, they are soft boiled. We use a creamy spinach in place of hollandaise sauce and finish with lemon pepper."
But other than that, it's exactly the same!
I had to order it and I am so glad.
This was eggs benedict, born again. Along with everything else, this was very fresh and well prepared. The bread was a thick slab of hearty white bread, torn rather than cut to make a jagged surface, akin to the nooks and crannies of the more traditional muffin. It was well toasted, with a slight char and was seasoned lightly with garlic. The garlic sounds out of place but it wasn't at all.
Atop that was the creamy spinach, smoked salmon, and the eggs. The eggs were perfectly soft boiled, with tender whites barely containing a yolk that was thickened but not set. The eggs sopped the bread perfectly.
The only unfortunate thing is that I live 400 miles away.
P.S. There are numerous theories as to where eggs benedict got their name but they were not named after Benedict Arnold. Thought you would want to know.