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Best Benedicts 

Cock-a-Doodle Cafe

When was it that the Benedict became the panini of breakfast foods? The Nineties, maybe? It's a formerly-exotic and expensive culinary treat suddenly foisted — for better or usually for worse — on every unsuspecting greasy spoon and breakfast joint in the Bay Area, and it's shockingly easy to mess up. But Cock-A-Doodle's elevated the English muffin-eggs-Hollandaise template to an art form with its extensive menu of Cuban-inflected takes on the classic: The Cajun Tilapia Benedict, for example, with its unexpected use of a decidedly-non-breakfasty protein and spicy kick, offers an ever-so-subtle subversion of the form, and the crab cakes Benedict goes for all-out richness with its perfectly crisp crab cakes, fluffy potato cakes swapped in for English muffin, and a sea of chipotle hollandaise big and rich enough to make Michelle Obama weep. It's eggs Benedict on steroids, or maybe it's just evolution.

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