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Boston's best: Eggs Benedict

National Eggs Benedict Day is April 16 (just ask the internet!), so what better time to test out some of the best Benedicts that Boston has to offer? These spots will satisfy your craving for poached eggs and hollandaise, but these recipes go beyond the norm—avocado mousse, lobster meat and potato latkes, anyone?

Ball Square Café

For the indecisive or adventurous, the eggs Benedict options at this relaxed all-day breakfast and lunch spot are manifold. Do you like your poached eggs traditional with Canadian bacon, "Florentino" with sautéed baby spinach and tomato or high-class with crab or lobster meat? They're all doused with thick, yellow hollandaise, layered atop chewy English muffins and, if you wish, served with "Omar's home fries"—a peppery, grilled potato cake. Expect a hug or a fist pound and a hearty "Thanks for coming!" from owner Mike Moccia on your way out the door. 708 Broadway, Ball Square, Somerville (617-623-2233, ballsquarecafe.com)

Bon Savor
This intimate bistro focuses on French and South American cuisine. The Parisian influence filters down from the soaring wine rack to the eponymous Bon Savor Benedict, a ham- and gruyere-stuffed crepe topped with poached eggs and a drizzle of hollandaise. The thinner-than-usual base lets the flavors of the egg and sauce shine through, and really, what's more French than jambon et fromage? Sip a signature café mocha or French press coffee, then work off those calories with a stroll around nearby Jamaica Pond. 605 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (617-971-0000, bonsavor.com)

Masa Southwest Bar and Grill
Instead of a traditional English muffin, this South End standout uses southwestern biscuits as a perch for the Santa Fe-style eggs. A limey avocado mousse peeks out from under the poached eggs, which are smothered in a spicy green chili hollandaise and accompanied by a colorful compote of chopped tomato, red onion, green pepper and cilantro. The drinks flow liberally at brunch, so wash your eggs down with a Bloody Masa, a kick-in-the-butt wake-up call featuring tequila, house-made Bloody Mary mix and a chili powder-dusted rim. 439 Tremont St, South End, Boston (617-338-8884, masarestaurant.com)

Upstairs on the Square
When a restaurant's eggs Benedict makes the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, you know they've got a leg up on the competition. Settle into the Harvard Square restaurant's perfectly pink Soiree or Zebra dining room and dive into two perfectly poached eggs balanced atop thin, crispy-edged pancetta—which adds just enough saltiness to the dish—and a griddled English muffin. They're covered in an aromatic, tarragon-infused hollandaise that you'll want to slather all over the accompanying roasted potatoes. 91 Winthrop St, Harvard Square, Cambridge (617-864-1933, upstairsonthesquare.com)

Zaftig's Delicatessen
Lines out the door are the norm at this Jewish-style deli in Coolidge Corner where, in addition to sweet noodle kugel and matzo brie, you can sample a trio of Benedicts. One pairs poached eggs with Canadian bacon (a kosher deli this is not), while another steps it up with sliced ham on a cheddar biscuit. Then, there's the justly famous "empire eggs," which feature potato latkes topped with spinach and smoked salmon. They're all accompanied by fresh fruit and grilled potatoes—and where else can you get a side order of matzo ball soup? 335 Harvard St, Brookline (617-975-0775, zaftigs.com)

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