Eggs florentine Eggs florentine Eggs Florentine, a favorite for spinach lovers everywhere, served at Hotel Montefiore in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Or Hiltch / Flickr)

7 of our favorite variations on eggs Benedict

Whether you're eating breakfast, brunch or breakfast for dinner, these dishes are stacked full of flavor.

What's better than a delicious breakfast of muffins, eggs and sauce? When you can get it all in one bite, in a conveniently stacked package.

The traditional eggs Benedict features a toasted English muffin, a slice of ham or Canadian bacon, a perfectly poached egg, and a drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Listen, that's great and all, but there's so much more out there. Restaurants all over are taking creative control – removing an ingredient here, adding a spice there, or turning the whole concept on its head. Take a look for yourself:

1. Eggs Florentine

Eggs florentine on toastEggs Florentine, a vegetarian-friendly classic, served on toast at the all-day breakfast joint, Benedict, in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Or Hiltch/Flickr)

It's not just an alternative to the traditional eggs Benedict – it's *the* alternative. Every bit as much a classic breakfast food, eggs Florentine is a healthier, vegetarian-friendly option. And it looks absolutely delicious, as seen in Israeli photographer Or Hiltch's picture above.


2. Southern Eggs Benedict

Southern eggs benedict The Southern Eggs Benedict from Fuel Cafe in New Orleans features a biscuit topped with turnip greens, a poached egg and sausage gravy. (Photo: Andrew Huff/Flickr)

Oh, you couldn't decide between the biscuits and gravy or the eggs Benedict? Now you don't have to! The Southern Eggs Benedict at New Orleans' Fuel Cafe lives up to its name, boasting all of our down-home favorites, from the spicy greens to the savory sausage gravy. Yum!


3. Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict

Fried Green Tomato Eggs Bedict Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict from Hot Suppa in Portland, Maine. (Photo: Catt/Flickr)

Another southern classic, fried green tomatoes are an unexpected but surprisingly common addition to eggs Benedict dishes. Crispy and crunchy, they add heft and a tangy flavor.


4. Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

Crab cake benedictCrab Cake Benedict with a key lime hollandaise sauce served at Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Key, Florida. (Photo: Larry Hoffman/Flickr)

Subbing out the English muffin and the ham in one (tasty!) fell swoop, the Crab Cake Benedict puts the original to shame. For seafood lovers, it's a must-have brunch item. We're craving it already, just by looking at this photo.


5. Eggs Benedict on Avocado

Eggs Benedict on AvocadoEggs Benedict served with sliced avocado at the Royal Chelsea Diner in Brattleboro, Vermont. (Photo: Vilseskogen/Flickr)

Subbing avocado for ham switches out bad fat for good – a delicious breakfast you can feel good about eating. For fans of the famed "Avocado Toast," this is a must-try.


6. Santa Fe Benedict

Santa Fe eggs benedictThe Santa Fe Benedict from Katy's Place in Carmel, Calif., features grilled onion, tomato, avocado and a spicy hollandaise sauce. (Photo: H.C. /Flickr)

Southwestern-style Eggs Benedict adds a kick of spice to the equation. Whereas the egg-and-ham variation is usually rather bland, the Santa Fe Benedict packs a flavor punch.


7. Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Smoked salmon eggs benedictSmoked Salmon Eggs Benedict from Benedict in Tel Aviv. (Photo: David Berkowitz/Flickr)

Bagels and lox meets eggs Benedict in a marriage that's sure to last happily ever after. Salmon is an all-around healthier alternative to ham, plus it adds an irresistible smoky flavor.

Now that you're craving eggs Benedict – the question is, will you eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner? We'll let you decide.

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