Six Must-Try, Northwest-Style Eggs Benedicts

Twists on the eggy classic you’ll find only in the Northwest
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Tilikum Place Cafe's Dungeness crab benedict

Dungeness Benedict at Tilikum Place Cafe
This is Washington translated into brunch: impeccably poached eggs nestled in sweet Dungeness crab with warm spinach on a toasted English muffin, topped with chef Ba Culbert’s luscious hollandaise sauce (about $15, depending on availability and market prices). You won’t taste anything like it anywhere else. Downtown/Denny Triangle, 407 Cedar St.; 206.282.4830; A.A.S.

Smoked Salmon Benedict at The Georgian
Tender brioche, toasted on the griddle, is the base for luxurious Benedict ($19) at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s Georgian Restaurant. A layer of house-smoked salmon is placed on top, followed by thick and lovely tomato hollandaise; two organic eggs poached to perfection gild the lily—a celebratory brunch indeed. Downtown, 411 University St.; 206.621.1700; A.A.S.

Veggie Benedict at The Grange Cafe
Vegetables just taste better out in farm country. Take the sautéed veggies on the Benedict at Duvall’s great Grange Cafe as evidence: peppers, onions, squash and mushrooms under soft poached eggs and on a house-made buttermilk biscuit with lemony hollandaise washing over it ($12.95). Ham, shmam. Duvall, 15611 Main St.; 425.788.2095;  A.A.S.

Eggs Californian at Glo’s
The buttery avocado smashed onto the toasted English muffins means you’ll hardly miss the traditional ham on this Benedict ($13.45). The luxe hollandaise, buoyed by a bright note of citrus, is the best in the city. Expect to wait for a table in this wildly popular, walk-in-closet-size café. Capitol Hill, 1621 E Olive Way; 206.324.2577; L.K.

Crab Benedict at Cafe Nola
Cafe Nola has a series of excellent Benedicts, but the crab Benedict ($22) is queen. When the dish arrives tableside, the most delicious shell game begins. Atop a split English muffin, two orbs rest quietly under their gauzy veils of hollandaise. What are they? Cutting into two reveals a pair of perfectly poached eggs. The deep orange yolks escape slowly, like broken lava lamps. Cutting into the third reveals a densely packed pile of succulent, toothsome crab meat. Bainbridge Island, 101 Winslow Way E; 206.842.3822; P.Z.

Brave Horse Tavern Benedict
A toasted Dahlia Bakery English muffin is this Benedict’s base, which is topped with house-made smoked ham, two gently poached eggs, all smothered in a smoky chipotle hollandaise with a heck of a kick ($13). Good morning! South Lake Union, 310 Terry Ave. N; 206.971.0717;  A.A.S.