Tempt your valentine with breakfast in bed

In this special weekly feature, TODAY food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home.

THIS WEEK: Eggs Benedict with Red Chile Hollandaise and Hass Avocado Country Ham Griddle Cakes from Rathbun's in Atlanta, Georgia.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. So, the big question is... What will you do for your loved one? Candlelit dinners, roses, jewelry? YAWN! Not that those aren't welcomed, but how about putting a bit more effort into it? Yes, Valentine's Day does fall on Wednesday this year, but if you wake up a bit earlier and make a piping hot breakfast for your love, they will definitely feel pampered. What a great way to start of a beautiful day.

About the chef: Even at a young age, Kevin Rathbun was no stranger to the restaurant business. He grew up in a food-driven environment learning from his mother and grandmother everything from how to pick tomatoes and squash for the evening meal to going to the local dairy farm. He quickly learned to appreciate the essence of food and family. His father, a jazz musician in the Jazz Belt in Kansas City, often cooked great BBQ for his musician friends and later had jam sessions together in the basement. Such experiences have led Kevin to appreciate and share a passion for the hospitality industry.

In May of 2004, Rathbun opened his own signature restaurant, Rathbun's, in the Inman Park area of Atlanta creating “Modern American Food." Kevin says, “I love this city and Inman Park provides everything I was looking for in developing a new restaurant. A hip, re-generated area with a tremendous growth potential .... I love the atmosphere of the small neighborhood, yet still close enough to everybody in the city."

Eggs Benedict with Red Chile Hollandaise and Hass Avocado Country Ham Griddle Cakes is served at Rathbun’s for $11.95. The recipe is for a serving size of four.

Rathbun's
112 Krog Street, Ste R
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
404-524-8280
www.rathbunsrestaurant.com

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