There are conflicting accounts as to the origin of eggs Benedict. In an interview recorded in the "Talk of the Town" column of The New Yorker in 1942, the year before his death, Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street stock broker, claimed that he had wandered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and, hoping to find a cure for his morning hangover, ordered "buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a hooker of hollandaise". Oscar Tschirky, the famed maître d'hôtel, was so impressed with the dish that he put it on the breakfast and luncheon menus but substituted ham for the bacon and a toasted English muffin for the toast.
Eggs Benedict with bacon on toast is said to have been the original concept for the dish.
Another claim to the eggs Benedict fame was circuitously made by Edward P. Montgomery on behalf of Commodore E. C. Benedict. In 1967 Montgomery wrote a letter to then New York Times columnist Craig Claiborne and included a recipe he claimed to have received through his uncle, a friend of the commodore. Commodore Benedict's recipe — by way of Montgomery — varies greatly from chef Ranhofer's version, particularly in the hollandaise sauce preparation — calling for the addition of "hot, hard-cooked egg and ham mixture".
^Rombauer, Irma S.; Marion Rombauer Becker (1995) . "Egg Dishes". The Joy of Cooking. Illustrated by Ginnie Hofmann and Ikki Matsumoto (1st Scribner Edition 1995 ed.). New York, NY: Scribner. p. 222. ISBN0-02-604570-2.Notes:Title of recipe is poached eggs Blackstone. Uses fried slice of flour dipped tomato, minced bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise. No bread for base.
^"Rich mix of patrons makes Moto's special". The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. December 18, 1986. pp. A/6. "eggs Florentine ($3.95), eggs poached and topped with Hollandaise sauce, served on spinach and English muffin" Notes:Not directly verified. Viewed through Google News Archive snippet view.
^"Brunch & Lunch Menu". Mara's Homemade Restaurant. Archived from the original on January 7, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2007. Eggs Hussarde Toasted English muffin, Canadian bacon, Marchand de Vin sauce, poached eggs and Mara's Homemade hollandaise sauceNotes:Located in New York, New York.
^Townsend, Elisabeth (July 24, 2005). "Dining Out". The Boston Globe. "Irish Benedict ($7.50): two poached Eggs and corned beef hash on an English muffin covered with hollandaise sauce" Notes:Not directly verified. Viewed through Google News Archive snippet view.
^"Breakfast Menu". The Field Irish Pub. Retrieved March 30, 2007. Toasted muffin topped with Irish bacon & poached eggs finished with Hollandaise sauce.Notes:Located in San Diego, California.
^"Breakfast Menu". Strafford Farms Restaurant. Archived from the original on May 12, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2007. IRISH BENEDICT 3.95 two poached eggs on an English muffin with corn beef hash topped with a hollandaise sauceNotes:Located in Dover, New Hampshire.
^Watts, Phyllis (December 8, 2009). Where Food and People Meet (1st ed.). Xlibris. p. 532. ISBN1441571906.
“Was He the Eggman?” An account in The New York Times about Lemuel Benedict and the efforts of Jack Benedict, the son of Lemuel's first cousin, to promote Lemuel's story. Article includes link to an audio slide show.