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Apr 10, 2001 01:16 AM

Corned Beef Hash In San Rafael

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I've received a hot corned beef hash tip for "a place on 4th street in San Rafael right across from the Broken Drum Brewing Company"

Broken Drum Brewery is at 1132 4th St, so I'm guessing that the place in question is:

Lundy's Home Cooking 1143 4th St San Rafael, CA (415) 456-7669

Anybody know it?

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  1. Don't know it, but the hours are 6am-3pm, if anyone cares to check it out in person.

    16 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks, Melanie.
      Actually, the fact that nobody's yet followed up and tried this place has me in a grave crisis of confidence re: our SF community.

      I've always rejected any sort of "litmus test" to determine chowhound worthiness. But if the mention of superb corned beef hash doesn't make people perk up, there's a definite problem. I'm really quite distraught.

      1. re: Jim Leff

        Oh, but that's San Rafael. I'm surprised they're still allowed to serve corn beef in that town. (gg)

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Christine Vallejo

          I don't know about corned beef hash in San Rafael, but there's fabulous hash at Bab's Delta Diner in Suisun City (Solano County). It's made fresh with loads of hunks and shreds of corned beef, and the potatoes are sizzling with a hint of crunch.

          I'm sure Bab's has other breakfast items, but you can't prove it by me: I always have the corned beef hash with a couple of poached eggs.

          1. re: Christine Vallejo

            Chris, it was marvellous to have lunch with you today and get caught up!

            Thanks for mentioning this one, you might want to check out the thread about Foster's Bighorn on the Calif. board for more delta stuff.

            Let me add my latest find on the corned beef hash hunt, one in your nabe, Soscol Cafe in Napa. The owner/cook shows so much pride in everything that comes off his grill. The corned beef hash is made with strips and hunks of corned beef and home fry-style seasoned potatoes for a man to sink his teeth into. Some of the pieces of meat are a little too chewy for my taste, but I love the concept. A platterful of the corned beef hash, 2 eggs, the best hash browns around (I order them "well" for extra crunch), and toast is $5, plus tax and tip. You have your choice of at least 5 kinds of hot sauce on each table/counter space to add just the right zing.

            Very basic surroundings complete with old-time waitress with a '50s timewarp do. My three meals here have been freshly prepped at lightening speed, excellent, wholesome, and dirt cheap. The only drawback is that many of the seats at the counter have broken springs, and the benches at the tables aren't much better.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              It's been a while since I've had decent corned beef hash, and that was at Zachary's in Santa Cruz. Don't be turned off by the crunchy-granola appearance of this place (they do serve very good yogurt and gronola here, by the way), but they serve a mean corn beef hash, among other things. They're pretty well known locally for unique home fries which is laced with a bit of turmeric, and other spices which results in yellow-colored potatoes. They use these potatoes with shreds of homemade corned beef for the hash. It's not standard diner stuff, but it's very good.


              1. re: Eric Eto

                That sounds really good, Eric. The quality of the potatoes can make a big difference.

                I'm actually sitting on a stash of corned beef in the fridge. I stocked up at the post-St. Patrick's day sales for 70 cents/lb. with expiration dates some time in May. We rinse 'em off and spice 'em up in the cooking liquid so the specific brand doesn't make that much difference.

                I think it's time to cook one up and make some hash at home. Crusty-skinned home fries made with Yukon golds and scallions should be the ticket. Maybe I'll add a little tumeric too.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  When I have a stash of corned beef I make up a mess 'o hash, eat some-of course-and put the rest in 1-2 serving freezer bags. Easy to whip out when the urge for hash hits, fries up quickly and keeps its texture in place, just waiting for a poached egg. Hmmm, maybe breakfast tomorrow...

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Yes!!! Condemn me if you want, but having made homemade hash for years, there is a brand out there that is superior. Unfortunately, it is not distributed in this area, and I have been able to obtain it only on occasion at the Grocery Outlet store, which we euphemistically call the "used food place". The brand is Castleberry's, and it is superb. If anyone knows a source of Castleberry's, please let us know. Also, I resent the crack about people in San Rafael not appreciating corned beef. We are not all stuck on fois gras.

                    1. re: Jim H.

                      Hola, Don Old and Picky, as our most vocal Marinite, I thought that might get a rise out of you! My comment wasn't so much about a "class" thing, but more that Marin's cholestrol police might be out in force.

                      We like to browse the potato chip aisle at Grocery Outlet to pick up local brands sold in other parts of the country. Maybe you should contact Castleberry's manufacturer and tell them that Mollie Stones should feature them as "gourmet". (g)

                      Here's a link to a post from your soulmate in NY's Outer Boroughs.


                      1. re: Jim H.

                        The SF location of the Grocery Outlet ( is now a small pile of rubble. Just saw it when I was there this past weekend.


                  2. re: Melanie Wong
                    Christine Vallejo

                    I had a great time yesterday, too, and just polished off my Indian leftovers. The garlic naan was better the first day than the second.

                    During your sojourn here in the territories, you sure have made the rounds. We didn't discuss the Soscol Cafe yesterday, and it is one of my favorite places for breakfast and lunch. When my son visits from SoCal, the Soscol is a must-visit for the grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a side of fried potatoes.

                    For a very brief period in 1997-98, the cafe was open for dinner. The chef/owner spruced the place up and had linens and cloth napkins. We went to dinner on the first night he was open, and had a great time. The food was pretty good, wonderful for the price. I don't know why he's no longer doing dinners - perhaps he just did dinners for a while in order to get his liquor license? Or business wasn't that good?

                    But we've never had a bad meal there, and I'll have to try the corned beef hash next time.

                    1. re: Christine Vallejo

                      I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get rid of garlic breath! I have cut a pretty big swathe through southern Napa County - maybe I should compile a list of down valley eats.

                      Soscol Cafe is a true treasure. Basic diner food, but done so well with fresh albeit simple ingredients and attention to detail, plus low, dive prices. Wholesome and filling are what come to mind. The Diner in Yountville should take a lesson.

                      Have you had the same problem with the seating? By now I think I've tested every seat along the parking lot side. Now I'll have to try the spots along the front windows . . .maybe that why those seats are usually taken.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        Christine Vallejo

                        I've sat in every booth and on almost every counter seat in the cafe. The booths facing the street are better than those facing the parking lot, but not by much. And you have to watch several of the tables there as they tend to shift.

                        My preference is to sit at the counter to watch Javier in action. This is such a tiny cafe and he accomplishes so much. One of my favorite lunches is the salad with shrimp, avocado, and the "Italian" dressing. It's actually a decent balsamic vinaigrette. The dish tends to get greasy as time passes (eat fast!), but I like the flavors.

                        We discovered this place in 1994 when Scot got tired of paying high breakfast prices at the local Lyons. When our first check arrived and was less than $10 for the two of us, we were in shock. Prices have risen some since then, but it's still a deal.

                        Have you been to the Highway 29 Cafe? Another good breakfast spot and close to the airport. We also like the Canyon Cafe in American Canyon - nothing special but good, inexpensive breakfast.

                        I guess Bab's Delta Diner belongs over on the California board, but they do a great business (albeit a little pricey) and had a review in the SF Chronicle several months ago.

                        1. re: Christine Vallejo

                          Yes, Javier is an artist. I figured that out the first time I sat at the counter and watched the way he carefully looped the strands of potatoes for my hash browns into wavy layers. He is the ultimate short-order cook and has such a good feel for the food.

                          Even his house salad that accompanies the lunch specials ($7 including salad, bread and coffee/tea) is terrific. Sparkling fresh green leaf lettuce chopped, diced red and green bell peppers, scallions, and slices of fresh mushroom tossed to order with your choice of dressing.

                          I have been to Hwy 29 Cafe a few times. Really want to like it more since the family that owns it and the daughters who wait tables are so great, and it has the classic roadhouse feel to it, but the food doesn't compare to Javier's. Not by a long shot. I haven't been back since finding Soscol Cafe, even though it's far less convenient.

                          Have had lunch at Canyon Cafe, but not breakfast yet. Good and cheap. I'll bet the covered parking is especially welcomed once it starts to heat up around here.

                          And to answer your question, Suisun City in Solano County is part of the nine SF Bay Area counties. The posting belongs on this board. I'm sure the thread monitors appreciate your attention to regional purity.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong
                            Christine Vallejo

                            >>I'm sure the thread monitors appreciate your attention to regional purity.

                            I was raised correctly in a CServe forum.

                            I share your feelings about the Hwy 29 Cafe. We've only been there 2x and it could be so much more than it is. Soscol is out of the way and it can be hard to find a booth/stool there, but most of the people who are regulars eat fast.

                            The only place I've ever been to that rivals the Soscol Cafe is a place that probably no longer exists (after Hurricane Andrew) near Homestead, FL, where breakfast came on two plates: one for the eggs and taters, the other for the meat (ham steak was larger than the plate).

                            FYI, in the Rio Vista thread in the CA section, I posted a message about Locke and how the only time I'd ever been there was back in early 1983 when a huge family group of us went to Al's Place.

                            1. re: Christine Vallejo

                              Excellent on-line manners, Chris!

                              Hwy 29 Cafe serves even BIGGER portions. Trouble is, it's not that tasty.