What: Eggs Benedict, California style, served with hashbrowns
Where: Family Pancake House – 17621 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Rating (1-5): 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Family Pancake House is a staple for us. We go at least once a month. Growing up in the South makes you love a good diner. Even the sloppy ones. But Family Pancake House isn’t sloppy. It’s always clean, plenty of seating, plenty of food, but still comes with the diner atmosphere that we enjoy – a good cup of coffee and some hearty pancakes.
On the night that we went, I decided to check out their eggs benedict – something I had somehow not done yet. I will admit, I wasn’t having a great night. Work had been a little rougher than I would have liked, echoing the entirety of the week, and all I had had before going in was a banana.
With all of that said, and given my slight skew of my appetite, it’s probably worth noting that on a normal day, I may have been less hungry than I was. But I feel as if I can still give a balanced review of this meal for anyone interested.
I opted for the California style because I knew the avocado would give me some healthy fats I was missing, the egg would be the perfect protein for this veg head, and the smattering of sauce and carbs would fill me up for the night.
If you couldn’t tell from the first image of this meal, this food was completely covered in the hollandaise sauce. Hollandaise sauce is great. I’m not complaining, but it wasn’t what I’m used to. Most brunch or breakfast places – in a different setting – often shoot for a drizzle or a good ladle/spoonful on top. Family Pancake House practically served it like a soup with how much was in the dish. So if your sauce ratio is a concern, please be aware of that.
(You may be able to ask for it on the side, though. I know Family Pancake House is great about accommodating requests such as those.)
The hollandaise sauce had the perfect amount of bite/tang to it and was incredibly creamy. I used my hashbrowns to soak up most of it. The hashbrowns were run-of-the-mill hashbrowns, but it’s hard to screw them up. I’ve never complained about the hash or brown experience at this place.
Because of the ratio to sauce, I have no idea how toasted the English muffin was when it was originally cooked. It held together fine, but it was just hard to tell what was going on with it. Just out force-of-habit and my weird eating rituals, I ended up not eating the second half of my English muffin and just clamoring for more egg, tomato and avocado halfway through. But when cut into one bite, everything melts perfectly together.
If you’ve ever had the hot-brown at a Chick-Fil-A Dwarfhouse or Truett’s, then you might say that that experience – in creaminess and texture – is comparable to the way Family Pancake House serves this eggs benedict dish. (Which is also a plus for me.)
Honestly, I had no complaints. I downed about 4 coffees while I was there, ate all of my hashbrowns and almost managed to destroy every last bite of the actual eggs benedict entree. If you’re at a Family Pancake House, and thinking of trying out this dish – or the eggs benedict served in a different style – I say go for it! If you love this style of meal for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Plus, the atmosphere~ Always a waitress with a lovely smile on her face!