EAT This Week: Spindleshanks’ Mexican Bennie

To try and decide each week where and what to eat in and around the basin can be a challenge – there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.

Spindleshanks’ Mexican Bennie.
Rob Galloway / Sierra Sun

Any time I can get a mash-up of two of my favorite types of foods (eggs benedict and Mexican flavors, in this case), I’m always super intrigued. And then when I take plunge and it turns out to be a homerun, it makes that much more satisfying. Such is the case with this week’s feature.

I’m not sure where eggs benedict might be seeded in the best breakfast items bracket, but I’d solidly place it as a top five seed. Then, depending on how you ratchet up the base dish from there, more times than not, it’s going to climb.

The Spindleshanks version layers an English muffin with avocado, fresh jalapenos and diced tomatoes, sautéed onions, chorizo, the ever-important poached egg, and their amazing hollandaise. The true test always sits in how that egg opens up and I’m delighted to tell you the yolk flowed like and ooey gooey waterfall of flavor.

There is a sense of richness that you can expect from eggs benedict, but it’s not a weighty one. It’s lighter with a supreme depth of flavor with that brightness stemming from the fresh jalapenos and creaminess of the avocado. The onion adds a touch of sweetness, but also great texture, and the hollandaise just ties everything together perfectly.

If there was a kicker, it’s coming from the twist of the chorizo. It brings just the right amount of spice and heat (combined with the jalapenos) that it just tickles the taste buds enough to let you know it’s not going to short you in that department.

It’s served with a side of potatoes and if you wanted to throw those into the mix with everything else, I wouldn’t fault you. Everything meshes so well together that you could probably throw in something as distinguished at beets and it wouldn’t miss a beat. Well, maybe not beets … that actually might be overstepping the line.

Spindleshanks is located at 400 Brassie Ave. in Kings Beach. For menu and general information visit them online at or reach them by phone at 530-546-2191.

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