Eggs Benedict dishes you’ll drool over in Victoria

When it comes to eggs Benedict, it’s all about the sauce. It needs to be made with real butter and painstakingly whisked to smooth perfection. Luckily, you don’t have to go far in Victoria to find a breakfast joint that has taken the effort to dish up an authentic hollandaise sauce.

Spoons Diner

2915 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8T 4M8

Want to build your own benny? Head to Spoons. This diner lets you pick your ideal combination of cheese, veggie and meat, and serves it up on an English muffin topped with house-made hollandaise. Or, gain inspiration from the eight versions on the menu, including a fiery option made with Thai chilies, cilantro and chorizo. Each week, they also create a new eggs benny special to tempt your taste buds. Take a seat on one of the swivel stools inside this laid back eatery, or dine on the outdoor patio in the warmer months.

Floyd's Diner

866 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1L8

Pop culture and hearty food unite at this popular downtown diner. Step inside and share breakfast with Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean, whose portraits adorn the walls. Floyd’s serves up seven varieties of eggs Benedict topped with a real butter hollandaise. Among the more unique bennies is a toasted waffle topped with fried chicken and bacon. Or, opt for house-made pulled pork, black beans and Brie. Your benny can be served on an English muffin, gluten-free bread or cornbread. Hearty portions ensure you won’t leave hungry.

John's Place Restaurant

723 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9

There’s good reason this busy diner was featured on Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here. This Victoria icon makes everything from scratch – including a real butter hollandaise – and has been dishing up memorable food for more than 30 years. The menu boasts an Eggs Benny Wall of Fame showcasing 10 varieties, including ham, chorizo, smoked salmon and spinach. You can also pick your base – a sesame seed bagel, English muffin, house-made corn bread or a gluten-free bun. The walls are plastered with sports and entertainment memorabilia, with some items signed by celebrity diners.

Shine Cafe

1320 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2J1

Shine is such a popular breakfast joint there are two Victoria locations. Head to the downtown café for a vibrant mix of cheery yellow walls and colourful stained glass windows. Expect to wait for a table at peak times, but you’ll be rewarded with generous portions of re-vamped breakfast classics. Your mouth will water over their nine versions of eggs Benedict. The more adventurous options include perogies topped with bacon, caramelized onions and garlic hollandaise. There’s even an eggs benny served on a quesadilla filled with refried beans, bell peppers and caramelized onions.

Jam Cafe

542 Herald St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S6

Jam’s all-day brunch offerings take comfort food to another level. Their seven versions of eggs Benedict (each served on an English muffin with house-made hollandaise) are worth waiting in line for. Choose from classic ham, smoked chorizo, pulled pork and chipotle hollandaise, steelhead salmon, fried chicken and roasted corn salsa, pork belly and onion jam, spinach, roasted tomato and goat cheese, or bacon and roasted tomato. This small, funky café in Victoria’s Old Town keeps its menu fresh with an irresistible daily eggs benny special.

The Blue Fox Cafe

101-919 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V 3K3

You know a restaurant has mastered the recipe for success when the weekend – and often the weekday – breakfast lineup snakes down the street. The wait is rewarded with generation portions of uniquely delicious comfort food, including 11 varieties of eggs benny served on a locally-made bagel and topped with a heavenly house-made hollandaise. Choose from classic ham or more adventurous creations, including Eggs in Hell (spicy chorizo, avocado, grilled tomato and chipotle aioli) and Eggs el Jimador (house roasted pulled pork, sautéed peppers and jalapeño aioli).

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