Breakfast at Benedict a good way to start the day

2014-03-06T00:00:00Z 2014-06-30T10:56:05Z Breakfast at Benedict a good way to start the dayEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com nwitimes.com
March 06, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Flavorful breakfast offerings beckon diners at Benedict in Dyer.

The eatery, which serves breakfast and lunch, was established by Ryan Tosh in July of 2013. Benedict occupies the restaurant space previously housing Svago's Ristorante.

Tosh, who mans the kitchen with two additional cooks, owned and operated A.G.'s Dining Room in Crete, Ill. for a few years. With Benedict, Tosh said he'd like to offer guests a pleasant dining experience starring a standout menu.

"We're bringing quality food, quality service and a quality price to people," Tosh said.

The owner/operator said he's always been a fan of breakfast and wants to offer diners a way to "start their day out right" with a great meal.

At Benedict, diners will find a pleasant atmosphere with the setting decorated in brown, gold and rustic hues, attractive lighting and a bar situated at the entrance to the eatery as well as a bakery on the premises. Tosh said within a full weeks, he plans to start serving dinner at Benedict. Items for dinner will change seasonally as the lunch menu offerings and specials do now.

When we visited Benedict for a recent Saturday breakfast, the eatery was filled with guests enjoying a variety of menu favorites from Eggs Benedict to omelets and pancakes.

After perusing the menu, we decided to try the Traditional Bennie ($7); the Breakfast Nook breakfast bowl ($7); and Texas French Toast ($4 for 2 slices).

Servings at Benedict are hearty and guests will surely have enough to cart home if desired. The Traditional Bennie proved a flavorful treat with smoked ham, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce over English muffins while the Breakfast Nook bowl was also a winner piled high with a slightly spicy sausage, fresh green peppers, onions, tomatoes, hash browns and cheese. It was presented attractively with sunny side up eggs (customers can choose their style of eggs) and pumpernickel (customer's choice of toast) placed in the bowl.

Tosh said with Eggs Benedict being the signature item at the restaurant, he regularly features a special benedict in addition to the recipes on the regular menu. Among Eggs Benedicts featured are the Roasted Red Pepper Bennie ($7.50); Smoked Salmon Bennie ($9) and Tomato Bennie Florentine ($7).

Breakfast bowls are another big seller and include creations such as the Mighty Irish ($8) featuring homemade corned beef hash, with hash browns and Swiss cheese; the Denver ($7) starring ham, green peppers, onions and cheddar cheese and the Broccoli and Chicken ($8.50). All breakfast bowls come with a choice of eggs and toast.

Other items on the menu include the Total Veggie Omelet ($8.50); Boston Omelet ($8.50); Cinnamon Roll French Toast ($7); Dutch Apple Pancakes ($6); Bananas Foster Pancakes ($7) and more.

Guests visiting for lunch will find an assortment of items including  wraps which are served on a tomato and basil tortilla; the B.L.T.C. Salad ($6); Cafe Spinach Salad ($7); the Western B.B.Q. Burger ($7); Bacon and Cheese Burger ($7.50) and various sandwiches including Chicken Pesto Panini ($7.50); Turkey O'Tool ($7); and Filet Mignon Bites ($9.50). Fresh and Fit selections are also offered on Benedict's menu.

FYI: Benedict is located at 1103 Joliet St., Dyer. Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Call (219) 440-7948 or visit benedictindyer.com (Call for more information on upcoming dinner service).

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