Pico Benedict at Black Walnut Café, Rice Village

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Photos: Christina Uticone
Another Saturday morning, another last-minute decision for breakfast in Rice Village--this time my husband and I settled on Black Walnut Café. I had only dined there once, for one very lovely, delicious lunch last summer. This breakfast certainly left me wondering why we hadn't been back, because it was--in a word--spectacular.

I ordered the Pico Benedict, which Black Walnut's menu describes as: two poached eggs, sautéed spinach, pico de gallo, toasted English muffin, house potatoes, cayenne citrus hollandaise. On this plate, the sum is so much greater than its parts.

I chose the dish on the strength of the presence of sautéed spinach; I usually forgo Eggs Benedict in favor of Eggs Sardou (when available), because of the creamed spinach component. The Pico Benedict piqued my interest, and I hoped that the sautéed spinach would prove as wonderful a combination with eggs as creamed spinach. My friends, dreams do come true.

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The Pico Benedict far exceeded my expectations, and I believe it has superseded Eggs Sardou altogether as my favorite eggs/hollandaise dish. Black Walnut presents a perfectly poached egg: silky and creamy, with plenty of runny yolk available for dunking/potato soaking. The sautéed spinach adds an earthy, natural flavor, and both the pico de gallo and the cayenne citrus hollandaise bump the finish up with brightness and freshness.

The total effect is fun in every bite: texturally and flavorfully rich from the egg and hollandaise, with a real lightness from the citrus and pico de gallo; the English muffin and spinach contribute enough body to keep it on the side of "food" rather than "puree." I won't hesitate to declare this the best breakfast dish I've eaten in Houston thus far.



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Black Walnut Cafe

5510 Morningside, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
Bruce R
Bruce R

One thing I really really really really like to see in a review (or blog post) is prices.  You don't need to discuss your opinion of the prices, but at least put the prices in parentheses.  For example, based on your review I might pay $9 for what you got, but not $14.  I tried finding this on their website but I didn't see prices.

trisch
trisch

Good to know. I haven't been to the Black Walnut in years since I've always felt that their lunch and dinner offerings are overwrought. Sometimes just perusing the menu made me feel tired and not so hungry. But this breakfast looks straightforward enough and absolutely delicious in the photo. I'll have to put the Black Walnut on the breakfast/brunch to-do list.

John Kiely
John Kiely

The Black Walnut was on my BFL (banned for life) list, until Hubbell & Hudson assumed ownership.  Ms. Uticone, as usual, accurately relates how good the food is now.

TQro
TQro

How long has it been since H&H took over?  I'm curious if it was before or after my one and only visit where I swore this place off. 

John Kiely
John Kiely

We only started going back about 4 months ago, that's the best I can tell you.

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