Barb and Ernie’s Old Country Inn
9906 — 72 Ave.
Brunch & drinks for two: $40
Signature Dish: Eggs Benedict with anything ($10.95 – $18.95)
Signature Drink: Bottomless Black Coffee ($2.50)
Barb and Ernie’s has boasted the “Best Eggs Benedict” for decades: I decided to see for myself. By 9 a.m., the spacious restaurant was nearly full — though the line-up out the door wouldn’t really start until 10 or so. This is one popular place.
Leafing through the extensive breakfast menu, I focused on the benny combos. I weighed accompaniments ranging from ham or tomato to steak or smoked salmon. Given the European flair of the restaurant, I chose eggs Benedict with bratwurst ($15.95) and settled in to wait with a cup of hot, dark coffee ($2.50).
My platter arrived in no time, loaded with two eggs on English muffins, two huge bratwurst and a mound of fried potatoes that could fix a pothole. Ernie swung by our table: “When you try the bratwurst, use the other bottle,” he said.
I sampled the creamy, dreamy benny — that butter-infused white wine sauce was heavenly. The potatoes were crisp and chewy, while the bratwurst were plump, meaty and dense with flavour. The recommended bottle was full of curry ketchup, a common condiment in Holland, which suffused my bratwurst with spice and sweet cardamom.
Best eggs Benedict indeed, along with delightful service and a warm welcome anytime. Barb and Ernie’s hits every note, which is why it has lasted 35 years and people happily wait in the rain for a table.
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