Any time a restaurant relies on gimmicks to attract diners, I worry that the quality of the food will suffer. In the case of Hash House a Go Go, where the enormous portion sizes rule, I was surprisingly left wanting more.
Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Hash House entered the Chicago market from San Diego in 2012. A modern diner with a retractable garage door in the front, red leather booths, and black and white agricultural photos adorning the walls, Hash House serves comfort food, dubbed “twisted farm food” by Hash House, and lots of it. The brunch menu, which includes breakfast items, salads, burgers, and sandwiches, is served all day, with the addition of heartier entrees for dinner. If breakfast-for-dinner is for you, especially when it involves enormous portions, then you will want to check out Hash House, where breakfast is king.
I recently visited Hash House for dinner with my cousin, Jaclyn. We both found the menu to be quite overwhelming, so after perusing it and asking our server for recommendations, we settled on ordering breakfast for dinner since that appeared to be the “thing” here. Jaclyn decided to order a hash; this was Hash House after all. With a few iterations to choose from, she chose the HH Famous Meatloaf Hash, with roasted red peppers, fresh spinach, and smoked mozzarella, served over crispy potatoes, along with two eggs, fresh fruit, and a biscuit. Jaclyn really enjoyed the meatloaf and was happy with her order. She was also able to bring the majority of it home for a meal or two the next day!
After debating between the vegetable hash and the house smoked salmon scramble, I ended up going with the smoked salmon scramble because I typically love smoked salmon. This iteration was served scrambled with eggs, basil pesto, fresh tomato, and what was supposed to be melted brie cheese, but was disappointingly instead goat cheese. I also ordered my scramble with egg whites only, but my server placed the order incorrectly and I was served whole eggs instead. I did not send it back and the server noticed halfway through the meal and apologized profusely. In addition to the incorrect order, I found the scramble to be one note. While the basil pesto was good, the scramble overall was not memorable and the small pieces of salmon scattered throughout the eggs were dry and overcooked. I was looking forward to some tasty crispy potatoes, but these had absolutely no flavor and seemed to be an afterthought, even though they took up the majority of the plate. Finally, while I love biscuits, I found Hash House’s to be extremely dry, with only the tasty house made jam and butter to make it tolerable.
Overall, I was unfortunately not impressed by my dinner at Hash House. Perhaps it is just my taste, but I found the menu options to be heavy, and for the most part unhealthy, with extremely large portion sizes. I may return to try some different brunch items during the day, but I likely will not be returning for dinner.
Hash House is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are accepted, and brunch is served all day.
1212 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.