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ckoduke Oct 31, 2006 05:17 PM

I'm looking for the best Eggs Benedict in the DC area for a birthday celebration. Any suggestions?

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    luckygirl Oct 31, 2006 05:23 PM

    Indeed I do!

    The Hay Adams has long been a favorite spot of mine for special breakfasts. The dining room is beautiful and over looks the park in front of The White House. In the late fall and winter when the trees are bare of leaves there is a nice view of The White House from their dining room.

    I've been there 8 or 9 times over the years and have never had anything other than eggs benedict. Freshly squeezed citrus juices too.

    1. jpschust Oct 31, 2006 06:36 PM

      do you want unique eggs bene or the normal version of eggs bene?

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        ckoduke Oct 31, 2006 06:49 PM

        Thanks. Probably a normal version, and something more casual than Hay Adams. I've heard Bistro Francais in Georgetown has good ones, but don't know anything about the restaurant.

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          luckygirl Oct 31, 2006 07:51 PM

          Actually, my husband, a friend and I had lunch at bistro Francaiise his past Sunday. Our friend had the egggs benedict wih soeed salmon and was pleased with them. The eggg looked just right. I didn't try thr hollandaise but I'm sure it was as nice as most other things they do there.

          Here's a pic-

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_s...

        2. jpschust Oct 31, 2006 06:54 PM

          The places that come mind where they have actually gotten my bene right (perfect consistency of the eggs, good seasoning, etc) have been La Fourchette in Adams Morgan, Luna in Dupont Circle, the Four Seasons, and strangely enough the Diner always gets them just right as well. Those are the places that come to mind. It takes more than a simple line cook to get a poached egg perfectly poached.

          One place I've had poached eggs but never a bene, but I assume it would be good, is Little Orleans Cafe in Adams Morgan.

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            Culocho Oct 31, 2006 09:09 PM

            Colorado Kitchen is casual, and she makes the best hollandaise sauce I've ever had in my life. It's golden and buttery ad heaven on a plate.

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              dumpling Oct 31, 2006 11:34 PM

              It's probably not festive enough for a birthday celebration, but Cafe Parisienne Express in Lee Heights Shopping Center (Arlington) has fantastic eggs benedict for brunch on Sunday. Only on Sunday... but they are divine.

              1. davefaris Nov 1, 2006 01:33 AM

                After reading Bordaine's Kitchen Confidential, I've never had the stomach to order anything with hollandaise sauce.

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                  jpschust Nov 1, 2006 12:57 PM

                  Read enough books like that and you'll never eat foie gras again, anything meat based, anything with artificial flavorings to them... even simpler- you'll stick to organic greens and ultra purified water :)

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                    bensherman Nov 1, 2006 08:34 PM

                    Haha true! The only place I eat them on a regular basis is les halles, the restaurant he ran in NYC.

                    The one in DC is great, and has a FANTASTIC brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 3 courses, one of which can be Eggs Benedict, salad and dessert for $18.

                    If you need more causal, Eggspectations (In Columbia and Centreville) and Luna Grill (Dupont or Shirlington) get it right, also.

                    The best I've ever had? Bistro Jules, St. Marks Pl., NYC.

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                    Pariskelly Nov 1, 2006 02:53 PM

                    I am afraid to ask, but what's so bad about Hollandaise sauce(besides the loads of butter and fat)?

                    1. davefaris Nov 1, 2006 03:22 PM

                      Just that the optimum temperature that hollandaise sauce needs to be kept at is also the optimum temperature for bacteria to breed. And since restaurants aren't likely to whip up a fresh batch just for your eggs ...

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                        Frobozz Nov 1, 2006 11:13 PM

                        This is why I never, ever, ever, ever order eggs Benedict. I'll make it at home, and I love it, but order it? Never.

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                        EricDC Nov 1, 2006 09:03 PM

                        Probably not "the best", but I have to mention this place because I loved going there when I lived in the neighborhood.

                        Brunch at Polly's cafe, at 13th and U NW. They serve beer and drinks, have a good jukebox - and their brunch menu has 15 items, 10 of which are variations on eggs benedict. You want it with spinach? Fresh tomato slices? Portobello mushrooms? Chicken feet? They'll do it for you.

                        Not MIND BLOWING by any means, but pretty good, very casual, and sometimes just the medicine the Dr. ordered.

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                          Pariskelly Nov 2, 2006 02:58 PM

                          I like Polly's, but it just smells and feels like a smokey bar in there. The fireplace is nice, and the food is good (have tried several of the bennies), but I feel like my feet are sticking to the floor and there is a coating of smoke and funk everywhere. It feels very dirty to me. BUT- that's the only place I have seen such an assortment of benedicts.

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