Good Morning Gators!
Hash is one of those places that opens in the middle of the day. 8:00am! Traffic was terrible and Apple Maps took me off the expressway to avoid traffic. The back way it took me was worse. I arrived about 8:05. UGH! I hate to be late. It messed with my brain so bad that I forgot to take my usual shot of the exterior. So in I go. I was greeted by Maggie and was told about the ordering process. This is one of those places that you order at the counter, get a number for the table, and they bring it to you. I’m not a fan. I prefer table service. I ordered coffee and ordered one of the specials off of the chalkboard and sat down.
It’s an interesting place. The decor is like the basement of a 70’s house. It’s pretty small. About 11 tables. Except for a couple of Grateful Dead songs I didn’t recognize any of the music. I guess I would describe it as Current Hipster Music. I usually rate it but I really feel like I don’t know enough about the genre to give it a rating.
The menu is short which a lot of you know is my preference. (See rant page) A few Hashes, a few Omelettes, a few egg items, a few sandwiches, a few salads, and a few bagel offerings.
My first entree arrived
Italian Beef Benedict
This dish was on point 8/9
The hollandaise was sparse but delicious. Spicy and Eggy 8 The Italian Beef was seasoned well a bit salty and there was plenty of it. 8 The eggs were cooked right. They were about 30 seconds under 9 The Muffin was barely toasted 4 It had a thin layer of cream cheese, A few micro thin rings of red onion, and a thick slice of tomato. There was a mixed field green salad that was a good compliment. 7 It was served with potato cubes that were deep fried. They were fresh and crisp. I dipped them in some NON Heinz ketchup. I really think Heinz Ketchup is one of the worst Ketchups out there yet nearly every restaurant serves it. Kudos to HASH for not going main stream. The ketchup was sweet tomatoey spicy and made the fries extra delicious 8 This entree was well composed and thoughtful. Great job Chef!
Next Up Bubble and Squeak
Pork Shoulder Sweet and regular Potatoes Brussel Sprouts cooked in bacon fat. Served with choice of eggs and toast or tortillas.
I had the eggs sunny side up for picture purposes and to check the Chef’s skills. The sunny side up eggs were expertly prepared. 8 The pork was tender, seasoned well, and tasty. 8 I love Brussel Sprouts. Except for the fact they were a bit undercooked for my taste they added a tasty textural element 7 The Mustard cream sauce was a bit strange 4 It didn’t need it anyway, The Potato and Sweet Potato mix was good and an integral part of the dish. 7 The Toast? Toast. Garden variety Greek restaurant grade bread. Barely toasted and un buttered. This was a real letdown. I really don’t understand the crappie toast at this level of restaurant. 4 The combination bite was a winner 8 Great taste good texture. Another good creation. I’m 2 for 2
Lastly Berry Pancakes
Berry Coulis Whipped Cream Granola and Berries
The Pancakes were light and fluffy as a cloud. Often times super light pancakes are dry. These were not. 9 They were not served with butter. Pancakes need Butter. Period. Canned Whipped Cream. Super sweet. Could have done without it. 4 The Syrup was hard to pin down. It seemed like it was a mix of real and fake maple syrup. If it was fake it was a great imposter. 7 Although it wasn’t anything I haven’t had before it was delicious and a good finish 8
That’s it Gators. A good visit and some good food. Next time your’e near Humbolt Park stop in.
As for me I’m off to my next adventure!
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