There's much debate in the culinary community about the origin of Eggs Benedict in the US. Some say the dish was created by a couple who used to dine once a week at the famed Delmonico's restaurant in New York City. A letter printed in the September 1967 issue of New York Times Magazine cited Commodore E.C. Benedict, a sailor and banker, as the dish's originator and namesake.
Considering that recipe books from the 1800s mention hollandaise and Benedict, all of the rumors are unlikely. Perhaps they were named after Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold. But who cares, really? Anything that combines an entire breakfast platter -- eggs, ham, bread and sauce -- into one sandwich is genius no matter who invented it. For this week's Battle of the Dishes, we compared non-traditional versions of Eggs Benedict offered by two of metro Phoenix's favored breakfast spots.
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