Eggs Benedict has been around forever, for better or worse. When done well, it can be a treat — runny egg over crisp ham with a tangy hollandaise sauce, decadent and rich. Yet though so many breakfast places offer the dish, it is often poorly done, a kind of “well, we have to have this, so here it is” addition to the menu. Which is why we were intrigued to see that Jensen’s Cafe in Burnsville not only offers Benedicts, it offer a number of variations, all under the heading Egg Benedictions. Surely they had to be worth a try.
We were further encouraged by our cheerful server, who told us Jensen’s has been around for a decade and makes as much from scratch as it can. The Benedictions are popular, she said, and she encouraged our decision to try different kinds.
We went with three Benedictions: the traditional Benedict ($8.50) as a baseline (Jensen’s calls it Café! Benedict — there are a good many exclamation points on the menu), Eggs Swoon Over Salmon ($9), and Eggs Montreal ($9). All variations are accompanied by Café! Potatoes, but the server suggested we upgrade one of the plates to cheesy hash browns, and with the third plate we chose fresh fruit.
It turned out to be a bit of a Goldilocks experience. The baseline Benedict had a hollandaise sauce that was disappointingly bland, and the poached egg was overcooked. Presentation wasn’t all it could have been either, with drips of hollandaise along the plate and the eggs not centered.
The Eggs Montreal fared better in terms of how the eggs were poached — the yolks were properly runny. This variation substitutes a sausage patty for the Canadian bacon, and instead of hollandaise sauce, the eggs came covered in sausage gravy that could have used more actual sausage. It was better than the Café! Benedict, but still not fully satisfactory.