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Aug 9, 2007 01:07 AM

Corn Beef Hash, Who does it right in LA/OC?

From L.A. to O.C., who makes a good Corn Beef Hash with poached eggs? What is it that makes this hash so good – texture, flavor, portion size? Is there anything else on this menu that is a must try?

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  1. Love corn beef hash and poached eggs. I really like the one at Nate n Al's. Nice portions and it is homemade. But I usually get it from Mel's diner because it is close to my house. Also decent but their portions suck.

    1. Dolores restaurant on Santa Monica blvd in west LA has good corn beef hash but the poached eggs are not up to par.

      1. Most good delis have (or should have) good homemade corned beef hash; I've always been partial to Art's in Studio City. First-class quality corned beef and large chunks of meat and potatoes, well-fried and crispy but not overcooked is what I look for.

        Most other places that have it make it out of a can, which can be as bad as you would expect or it can be surprisingly good if they cook it right. Canned hash is moister than homemade, so it stands up to a crispier frying. It's probably my favorite item at Barney's Beanery, for example.

        Corned beef hash tends to be the kind of breakfast that hotel dining rooms get right ... I recall having a good hash at the Flamingo in Vegas about a year ago.

        Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
        12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

        Barney's Beanery
        8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

        Flamingo Las Vegas
        3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: maxzook

          I had the CBH at Art's just a couple of weeks ago, and wasn't much impressed. I also look for large chunks of meat (and fairly large chunks of potato as well), and the hash that particular Saturday had neither; rather, it was a pretty homogeneous mass, quite mushy and not all that good. I was, needless to say, disappointed, because I like Art's very much and expected more.

          1. re: ozhead

            According to the school of CBH Orthodoxy I come from, large chunks are to be deplored. While I wouldn't run it though the grinder as my mom did, I always chop my own as finely as I can manage, and expect no less from any restaurant. That said, the only CBH I've actually bought around these parts was at Cindy's in Eagle Rock, and The Reyn on North Lake in Pasadena. Both very much to my taste, though also very probably canned...but I am taking careful notes here!

            1. re: Will Owen

              At the Sharuf farmhouse, hash was basically a variant of kartoffel rosti, and started with a base of semi-cooked shredded potatoes. Add to that a generous amount of well-chopped corned beef or roast meat, chopped onion, and shredded carrot. Often a little gravy was mixed in to give it a bit of moistness.

              Mom had a second version that started with raw potatoes, which gave a different texture to the finished product. I have a slight preference for the raw-potato version, so that's what I usually make.

              Whenever I boil a corned beef, I make a gravy to go with it - half water from the pot, half buttermilk, and enough horseradish to give a good kick. This is good the first time around on the meat, boiled cabbage and potatoes. And it's very good the second time around on top of a plateful of hot, crusty-fried hash.

        2. Pacific Dining Car does a good variation of the classic corn beef hash w/poached eggs. Their version is with prime rib and a really rich savory gravy.

          Try it sometime if you're in the mood for a twist on this classic dish.

          Pacific Dining Car
          1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Damn! That sounds so good! After all the years of going to PDC I've never had the hash...keep reading posts about PDC and I think it's a sign that I must go visit soon.
            Oooh, and with a Bloody Mary, how good does that sound...yum.

          2. I like the one at the Original Pancake House. It's served as a perfectly-formed patty, with a thin and crispy outer crust that led into a butter-soft interior so smooth (save for the occasional bit of gristle and chipped potato) it ate like pudding.

            Here's a photo:

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            1. re: elmomonster


              Also, Tom Armitage (the King of CBH) has commented very favorably on the hash at the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop, but those posts are now somewhat ancient, and I've no idea if the place still has game: .

              101 Coffee Shop
              6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. re: ns1

                  Pacific Dining Car (as suggested previously) on 6th Street

                  1. re: David Kahn

                    The Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop relocated to Vermont, and then went out of business - talk about a stupid move!
                    Now the 101 Coffee Shop is located in the former site (have not eaten there), but it is owned by the same people who own Dominic's in Weho as well as the soon to be opening Little Dom's on Hillhurst that was Le Belle Epoque.

                  2. re: elmomonster

                    I second the Original Pancake House recommendation (in Redondo Beach) - very generous portion with large chunks of meat served with fine poached eggs and very good potato pancakes (with apple sauce and sour cream).