Brunch has become more than just a meal. It’s practically a cultural phenomenon. The Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, and TGI Fridays have been cashing in on the trend.
Among the latest entrants: Maggiano’s. And its Meatball Benedict mashup is a doozy.
“How can we enhance traditional brunch dishes by adding our own Maggiano’s Italian-American twist?” asked the news release from Maggiano’s corporate owners. What says Italian-American more than meatballs? And what twist beats The Meatball Benedict: two English muffin halves, each topped with a meatball, tomato, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce, plus a generous side of fried potatoes?
It’s just one of “five decadent benedicts” on Maggiano’s brunch menu. The others: Chicken Francese, Smoked Salmon & Spinach, Crab Cake, and Nueske’s Smoked Ham.
Think of The Meatball Benedict as a foot-long Subway Meatball Marinara sub with cheese, “enhanced” with half a stick of melted butter. M-m-m.
It’s not easy to cram 1,480 calories and 52 grams of saturated fat (a 2½-day supply) into one dish. But the hollandaise—mostly butter and egg yolks—sure helps. (Bonus: thanks to the hollandaise and eggs, The Meatball Benedict also delivers 2½ days’ worth of cholesterol.) And think of its 3,400 milligrams of sodium—enough for today and half of tomorrow—as the chain’s gift that keeps on giving.
“Say hello to brunch!” says Maggiano’s website. And say goodbye to your unscathed arteries!
Want to let Maggiano’s know what you think ? Call them at (972) 980-9917 or send them a tweet @Maggianos.
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