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Eggs Benedict – The History of a Great Breakfast

Eggs Benedict, or poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and ham on an English muffin, is an American breakfast stabple. There are several theories behind the history of eggs benedict, dating as far back as the 1860s.

One of the first stories of the origin of eggs benedict credits Delmonico’s Restaurant for the breakfast recipe. Delmonico’s is the first restaurant to open in the U.S., and in the 1860s, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, a patron of the eating establishment, couldn’t find anything she liked on the menu. She talked to Chef Charles Ranhofer, who created eggs benedict for her on the fly.

Years later, in 1967, New York Times columnist Craig Claiborne wrote about a letter he’d received from Edward Montgomery, an American who was living in France. Montgomery stated in the letter that the recipe for eggs benedict had been passed down to him from his mother, whose brother was good friends with the man who was believed to have created the dish, Commodore E.C. Benedict.

Another theory suggests that Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking cookbook featured the recipe for eggs benedict, which was derived from the original French dish oeufs benedictine, which was a combination of potatoes and salt cod pureed and and eaten on top of toast.

Whether you believe the original recipe for eggs benedict was created by one of the U.S.’s first restaurant chefs or passed down among friends, you can enjoy your meal with variations that you like best. For instance, turkey bacon or ham can be used in place of the pork variety, and whole wheat English muffins and toast are a healthy addition to the dish as well. Enjoy!

About Zia Diner:

The Zia Diner is a true Santa Fe icon, now celebrating 25 years as a part of this community. Serving upscale, down home comfort food, the Zia Diner serves updated renditions of diner classics – think Green Chile-Pinon Meatloaf – along with an eclectic menu of southwestern and international comfort food. This high-energy restaurant and bar prides itself on its professional and friendly service and exceptional food. The Zia uses grass-fed, additive-free beef, free-range and additive-free chicken and eggs, and local, organic, fair-trade Agapao Coffee. Their bread is delivered daily from Fano Bakery in Albuquerque. All pies, cakes, cookies and pastries are baked from scratch in their kitchen.

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Eggs Benedict: The History and the Current Dish – A Zia Diner Menu Item Fixture



One of the best breakfast dishes hands down is Eggs Benedict. We’re talking delicious buttery flavor, poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin served with hash browns. Yum! But how did this breakfast favorite come into being?

The origins of Eggs Benedict are a mystery, especially since there are several stories floating around. First, Wall Street executive Lemuel Benedict, said he intuitively ordered the dish in 1894 at the Waldorf Hotel as a cure for a hangover. In 1967, New York Times columnist Craig Claiborne said he received the recipe from friend who had been living in Paris. And Mrs. Le Grand Benedict is credited with creating the dish after being bored with the typical Delmonico menu selections around the 1860s.

The true Eggs Benedict creator may remain hidden forever. Perhaps not knowing make it that much better? People have tried to add their own twist the dish like using quail eggs, smoked tuna or biscuits. Yet, for the true Eggs Benedict aficionado, there’s nothing like the real thing. Perfectly poached eggs, salty ham and English muffin topped with a bit of heaven.

Eggs Benedict is a Zia Diner menu fixture, classic and a delicious dish that patrons really enjoy.

Eggs Benedict  Poached eggs, ham and hollandaise on an English muffin served with hash browns GF* 11.95

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict  Poached eggs with house-smoked salmon and hollandaise on an English muffin served with hash browns GF* $14.95

Professional Food Photography on behalf of Zia Diner


Zia Diner Updates Breakfast Menu – Some New Items and Some Great Breakfast Classics are there for Patron’s to Enjoy

Zia Diner updates its menu from time to time.  It’s part of being a restaurant. Never the less it’s fun to add in some new items and also bring back some classics to the Zia Diner to its breakfast menu. Listed below is the current breakfast menu as of January 2014.


American Breakfast  Two eggs any style with hash browns and toast GF* 5.95 with apple wood smoked bacon, ham or sausage 8.95

Eggs Benedict  Poached eggs, ham and hollandaise on an English muffin served with hash browns GF* 11.95

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict  Poached eggs with house-smoked salmon and hollandaise on an English muffin served with hash browns GF* $14.95

Corned Beef  Hash and Egg  Our house-cured, New Mexico all natural grass-fed beef sautéed with onions and potatoes. Served with two eggs any style GF* 11.95

Santa Fe Omelette With avocado, asadero cheese, tomato and green chile. Served with hash browns and toast GF* 10.95

Eat-Your-Vegies Omelette  Asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, red peppers and tomato. Served with hash browns and toast GF* 10.95

Florentine Omelette Spinach, bacon and swiss cheese. Served with hash browns and toast. GF* 9.95

The Simple Cheese Omelette Your choice of cheddar, swiss or asadero cheese. Served with hash browns and toast GF* 8.95

Breakfast Quesadilla Scrambled eggs, asadero cheese and green chile grilled between two flour tortillas GF* 6.95 with applewood smoked bacon, ham or sausage 9.95

Huevos Rancheros Two eggs any style on blue corn tortillas with green or red chile and asadero cheese. Served with hash browns and pinto beans GF 8.95

Breakfast Burrito Eggs, potatoes and asadero cheese. Rolled in a flour tortilla and smothered in red or green chile. Served with pinto beans 7.95 w/bacon, ham or sausage 10.95

Chile Rellenos and Eggs  Two green chile rellenos smothered in red or green chile with two eggs any style. Served with hash browns and pinto beans 12.95

Jemez Breakfast Two fried eggs, hash browns and red or green chile. Served with tortilla GF* 6.95 with applewood smoked bacon, ham or sausage 9.95

GF = Gluten Free GF* = Available Gluten Free  Please ask your server.

We take pride in using Taos Farm Eggs from additive-free, natural, vegetarian-fed chickens.

Gluten Free Bread available for $1.00 extra. Both our red and green chile are gluten free and vegetarian


Buttermilk Pancakes Short Stack (2) . . . . . . 3.95 Full Stack . . . . . . . 4.95

Piping Hot Oatmeal A large bowl, topped with raisins, brown sugar and served with milk or cream 5.95

Yogurt, Granola and Fruit Bowl 6.95


Red or Green Chile GF  1.95

Bacon (2)  3.00

Ham GF 3.00

Sausage (2) GF 3.00

Toast 1.95

Single Egg 1.95

100% Maple Syrup 1.50

Hash Browns GF 2.95

Sweet Potato Fries GF 4.95

Gluten Free Toast   2.95

Fresh Seasonal Fruit GF  5.25

Sub Egg Whites 1.50

Sub Sweet Potato Fries 1.00

JUST FOR KIDS!!  (10 and under only please)

Silver Dollar Pancakes 3.95

Single Egg with Toast 3.95

Kids Quesadilla Scrambled egg and cheese grilled between a single flour tortilla 3.95  Add Bacon, Sausage or Ham $5.95


HOT TEAS Mint, Jasmine Green, Chamomile, Breakfast Blend, Earl Grey 2.25

AGAPAO COFFEE Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee House Blend 2.25 Espresso 2.75 Cappuccino 3.75 Café Latte 4.75 Café Mocha 4.95 Vanilla  Latte 4.95

Mexican Hot Chocolate 4.75

Oregon Chai 4.25 Whole, Non-fat or Organic Rice Milk

Very Berry Smoothie Mixed berries, OJ and Yogurt 5.95

Tropical Smoothie Mango, Banana, OJ and Yogurt 5.95

Juices Orange, Pineapple, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Tomato or Apple 2.95

One Check Per Table Please. Should The Service Please, An 18% Gratuity Will Be Added to Parties Of Six Or More.

For Their Own Safety And In Consideration of Out Other Guests, Please Keep Your Young Children Seated.

In Accordance With Santa Fe City Ordinance, Water Is Served On Request Only

The History of Corned Beef Hash – Zia Diner Offers this Dish on Its Menu

The History of Corned Beef Hash

Corned beef hash has become a staple in the diet of many people throughout the country. Though it is widely praised as the “perfect” breakfast companion, most people don’t know very much about the history of corned beef hash. Thankfully, the history isn’t that difficult to wrap your head around.

Hash has been around for generations and it began as a French dish. The word “hash” actually comes from the French word hacher, which means “to chop.” It was called a “peasant” dish because it was originally made with the remnants of many types of food that were mixed together to make a whole dish. This way, peasants of the time could spread their food rations out more.

Corned beef has became particularly popular in the United Kingdom during World War II due to the rationing of meats and vegetables for the war effort. People would mix canned meats with other canned rations to save on food rations back home. On the war front, soldiers would receive cans of corned beef hash because it was a nutrient dense, heavy meal. It was also very easy to cook using limited resources.

Hash is still a popular dish today with many people. Whether used as a full breakfast or side for dinner, hash has continued to stay in the homes of people around the world.

Breakfast Santa Fe – Zia Diner Has It, Serves It, and It Opens at 7 a.m. —The Menu Includes Breakfast Classic ‘Eggs Benedict’ and ‘Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

For people in the USA the classic breakfast meal, Eggs Benedict, is very close to being a standard menu item for restaurants that serve breakfast. Eggs Benedict are done by toasting a whole English muffin then adding layers of toppings that include ham or bacon then adding poached eggs. Hollandaise sauce is poured on top for the final ingredient.

Eggs Benedict, like the famous mixed drink the Margarita, origination legends abound. One tale that goes back to the 1967 tells of an account where the dish, per an account written in a letter to The New York Times Magazine writer Craig Claiborne, from American Edward P. Montgomery, was concocted by Commodore E.C. Benedict. Legend has it  as written in the description of how Eggs Benedict came to be that Commodore Benedict got the recipe from his mom who it was given to by his Uncle.

Another description tells of Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street stock broker, had a rough night the night before that included a lot of drinking. In an attempt to cure his crushing hangover he went into the Waldorf Hotel and ordered a meal that included bacon, poached eggs, toast with butter and a side of hollandaise sauce. According to Eggs Benedict inventor legend Oscar Tshirky, the hotel maitre d’hotel, liked the dish so much that he had it added to both the menu at the legendary Walforf Hotel.

As legends go, who invented the classic breakfast dish Eggs Benedict will most likely never be known, but when in Santa Fe, NM, we recommend you try the Zia Diner’s Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict or the Zia Diner Eggs Benedict..

Breakfast Santa Fe – Breakfast Burrito at the Zia Diner — Eggs, Potatoes, Asadero Cheese with Pinto Beans. Red or Green? A very good question

Traditionally American breakfasts have been about sweet meals such as pancakes or waffles with maple syrup, donuts with  chocolate frosting or sweet sugary danishes. Other items on the American breakfast table include eggs, bacon, sausage and ham. In American culture, unlike other cultures when it comes to cooking, there’s no focus on meals that can be eaten at all three meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. But as it turns out there is one dish from Old Mexico that can be and is part of the menu at all three meals in both countries and that is the ever popular burrito.

Burritos are ok for any meal of the day including breakfast, lunch or dinner. To make a burrito a large flour tortilla is used to hold ingredients like beans, rice, chicken, ground beef, pork or steak along with other ingredients like sour cream, graded cheese such as cheddar. The ingredients are layered onto the tortilla and then the tortilla is rolled to form the burrito. Mexican immigrants brought their food dish recipes with them when they came to America and then they adapted some of those dishes, food assimilation as it were, with local ingredients that some say included the development of the breakfast burrito.

A breakfast burrito is different than a regular burrito because it is made with breakfast food items like eggs, bacon, sausage or pork, plus other ingredients like cheeses, onions, green chile sauce, red chile sauce, mole sauce and sometimes salsa. Depending on where the burrito is being made will quite often determine what is put in the local breakfast burrito. Breakfast Burritos in New Mexico usually include red or green chile, while breakfast burritos in California might just have eggs, beans and cheese.

Healthy diners these days are offered breakfast burritos with egg whites, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers or spinach. Many will opt out of including breakfast meats in their breakfast burrito to reduce the fat and cholesterol count of their meal.

The ZIA DINER Breakfast Burrito – Check it out! Eggs, potatoes and asadero cheese. Rolled in a flour tortilla and smothered in red or green chile. Served with pinto beans 8.95 w/bacon, ham or sausage 10.95