Review—Athens Eggs Benny
There's something to be said for a classy brunch. Table linens, impeccable service, meals from-scratch prepared with artisanal ingredients that have been lovingly crafted into works of culinary art...But there's also something to be said for the classic diner. The greasy spoon. Where university kids in sweat pants with last nights makeup smeared on their face can mingle with old folks en route from church.
Where the hungover come to be cured. The hungry to be fed. And the honourable attempt to clear their plates.
One of my favourite such places is Athens. A stalwart of Quinpool Road, this place has been going strong since 1982 (or 1996, depending on how you want to interpret it on their About Us page).
In particular, one of my favourite things here is the eggs benny. Is it fancy? Hell no. Is the hollandaise from scratch? Unlikely. Are the potatoes hand cut? Definitely not.
But is it delicious? 100% yes.
My go-to is the Greek Florentine—hold the feta (something about cheese and hollandaise is just kind of weird to me). It's a regular ol' English muffin, topped with sliced tomato, spinach, perfectly runny soft-poached eggs, and then drowned in hollandaise. And it's consistently delicious and satisfying.
This experience was no different.
Service here is never impeccable by 5-star standards, but it's not bad either. Don't expect your server to chitchat, or even stop walking to quality check. They're incredibly busy on the weekends, so I respect that they need to get stuff done. I got everything I ordered in a timely manner, what more do you want?
I would be remiss in my recounting of this experience if I didn't also recap my breakfast companion's meal. Having been at a bachelorette party the night before, we were—let's say—a bit foggy. She blames the mild hangover for her game-time decision to order the Athens omelette with a side pancake. The omelette was stuffed with good stuff like feta, olives, tomato, and Loukaniko (sausage). It was tasty, but not her favourite thing there. The pancake on the other hand was huge, expertly crisped on the outside, and nice and fluffy on the inside (can confirm, I ate half of it). It was also tasty but a weird combination with the omelette (thanks hangover brain).
Overall experience? Great! Would I go back? You bet.
Athens Restaurant: http://www.athensrestaurant.com/
6273 Quinpool Road, Halifax