|By Allan I. Ross|
Last Sunday morning, four local foodies (a writer, two stand-up comedians and a professional baker) embarked on a five-hour tour around Lansing and East Lansing in search of the city’s best eggs Benedict. We targeted establishments that only serve brunch on Sundays, mixing in a couple of buzzy places for good measure. Eggs Benedict is a breakfast dish composed of an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon and a poached egg, and then drizzled with Hollandaise sauce, a super-rich blend of butter, egg yolks, oil and lemon juice. Yes, we knew what we were getting into, cholesterol levels be damned.
Bistro 43: 4.45 out of 10 These “runny” eggs were “doused in a sauce that tasted like gravy,” resulting in an “unpleasant, soggy English muffin.” One taster dipped his fork in the concoction and gingerly nibbled it before declaring, “Ugh, that’s that.” However, the restaurant’s openair atmosphere and bountiful natural light made this a cheerful upgrade from a greasy spoon breakfast joint. Alas, you’ll have to pay for it; at $13, this was the most expensive dish of the day.
Bistro 43 (Sunday brunch only), inside the East Lansing Marriott, 300 Mac Ave., East Lansing. (517) 337-4440
Christie’s Bistro: 7 out of 10 On the opposite side of town, we found a dish with a sauce that was “sweet,” “tangy” and “creamy.” The eggs were “near perfect” and our service was “warm” and “friendly.” Still, the surroundings left no mistake that we were essentially eating in a hotel lobby. The $10 price was a little heavy, especially given the “lacking presentation,” but the fact that Christie’s makes its sauce in-house earned our respect, if not our points.
Christie’s Bistro (Sunday brunch only), Inside the Lexington Lansing. 925 S Creyts Road, Lansing. (517) 323-4190. www.lexingtonlansing.com/Bistro
O’Neil’s: 7.1 out of 10 Negative
points were assessed for using a canned Hollandaise sauce, which also
had a “gritty,” “floury,” “gravy-like” taste, but O’Neil’s still packed
a solid punch. The poached eggs were perfectly done, and the slightly
thicker cuts of ham (not Canadian bacon this time) was a welcome
change-up. The staff was “extremely personable,” and the “college chic”
décor made for a fun stop on our trip. The $6.99 price helped win us
O’Neil’s. 1017 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 203-4745.
Beggar’s Banquet: 7.9 out of 10 With
Beggar’s Banquet (Sunday brunch only). 218 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-4540. www.beggarsbanquet. com
Golden Harvest: 8.625 out of 10 Co-owner/waitress Vanessa Vicknair claims she married her husband, co-owner/ chef Zane, because of his Hollandaise sauce, and
The Golden Harvest. 1625 Turner St., Lansing. (517) 485-3663
Soup 2 Nuts Bistro: 9.15 out of 10 Owner/operator
Soup 2 Nuts Bistro (Sunday brunch only). 123 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 485-0955. www.souptonutzbistro. com
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