In a town that loves brunch as much as we do, the same-old eggs Benedict sometimes need a boost to keep things interesting. Here are nine different takes on the classic Benedict (poached egg, English muffin, Canadian bacon, hollandaise sauce) from South Florida restaurants. Ladies and gentlemen, your new reasons to brunch:
1. Crab Cake Benedict
$48 as part of a three-course brunch at Bourbon Steak, 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6600; available 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday
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The Bene: Chef Gabriel Fenton ditches bread for golden, brown and delicious crab cakes, atop which he layers poached eggs, crispy pancetta and Old Bay hollandaise.
2. Eggs Benedict Casserole
$49.95 as part of all-you-can-eat brunch at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-538-1111; available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
The Bene: De-con-struc-ted. The egg is cooked sous vide. The biscuit is broken and distributed throughout, and there’s hollandaise everywhere. Choose your add-ins: Serrano ham, spinach, smoked salmon or nada. It’s all in a terra cotta cazuela and baked so it’s super hot.
3. Lobster Benedict
$22 at Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-375-8282; available 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The Bene: Lobster in the house! As if poached eggs weren’t rich enough, add Maine lobster poached in straight-up butter. A dose of lime-spiked hollandaise is so Miami.
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4. Carbonara Eggs Benedict
$14 at Eating House, 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-448-6524; available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
The Bene: Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s Italian twist on the poached-egg classic is to make it carbonara-style with bacon, black truffle, Grana Padano cheese, all over ciabatta toast.
5. Benedict Azteca
$13 at Rocco’s Tacos, 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-9550; available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The Bene: A mountain of Mexican deliciousness — poached eggs in masa sopes, pork cochinitas, salsa roja, spinach, chipotle crema and potatoes.
6. Pulled Pork Benedict
$17 at Blue Collar, 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-756 0366; available 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The Bene: Pulled pork and poached eggs over jalapeño cornbread and golden, mustardy barbeque mayonnaise. It’s like Miami’s caja china culture meets Americana comfort food.
7. Short Rib Benedict
$15 at Steak 954, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8333; available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The Bene: Braised short ribs atop potato pancakes with poached eggs, all generously smothered in hollandaise. Because you can’t leave hungry, it’s served with breakfast potatoes and mixed greens.
8. Corned Beef Benediction
$16 at Josh’s Deli, 9517 Harding Ave., Surfside, 305-397-8494; available 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily
The Bene: Corned beef and eggs Benedict had a baby. Housemade corned beef is sautéed with potatoes, onions and peppers, served on a bagel with soft poached eggs and hollandaise.
9. Smoked Salmon Benedict
$16 at Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne, 305-361-3818; available 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The Bene: What’s brunch without smoked salmon? The trusty Rusty Pelican puts it over poached eggs on buttered brioche with bearnaise sauce and a side of potato hash.