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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.

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        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.

          www.pacificdiningcar.com

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          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:
            http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2007/...

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            1. re: elmomonster

              Agree.

              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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46933 .

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              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).

                  3. For Sunday brunch, Jar makes an excellent pot roast hash. Obviously not corned beef hash, but tasty in its own right.

                    I've also had good corned beef hash at Junior's Deli in Westwood.

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                    Jar Restaurant
                    8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

                    Junior's Restaurant-Deli Bakery
                    2379 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                    1. re: lil mikey

                      Forgot about the hash at Jar. I've had it too, and it's excellent. Wish they were open for breakfast on Saturdays too.

                    2. i just had the corned beef hash at quality on w. 3rd st. and absolutely loved it. not sure if it was homemade but did not taste like it was from a can to me.

                      1. S & W Country diner in Culver City, make sure you order homemade hash because they serve both homemade and canned

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                        1. re: budlit

                          They do a very nice CBH at S&W. I am not sure who would order the canned over the made in-house version, but for only a dollar more (6.95 vs. 5.95 IIRC) it is in-house for me.

                          They also give you 2 eggs and a choice of 2 pancakes (you can even upgrade to buckwheat for .40 cents more or banana for $1) or a half order of French Toast or a half order of biscuits and gravy or a waffle or cottage potatoes, etc., etc., etc.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            I'm a fan of S&W, and their CBH is excellent. A generous portion, and very nicely flavored. I can NOT recommend those biscuits and gravy. The biscuits are sweet, more cake like than I care for, and the gravy isn't the nice sausage gravy that typically makes biscuits and gravy sooo good. This gravy is white and pretty flavorless. Everything else I've had there, is delish.

                          2. re: budlit

                            Another strong vote for S & W -- great homemade corned beef hash. I get mine extra-crispy. The only problem is the very difficult choice of sides on the build-a-breakfast menu. They do outstanding hash brown potatoes, which I also order crispy. But that means I miss the pancakes or waffle option. Hopefully there are two of you, so you can get one of each and split. I haven't had their poached eggs, but they are always very careful and accurate about precise egg preparation (I like mine scrambled soft but not wet) so I'd trust them there. Agree that their biscuits are eccentric, to be nice, very cakey and cut from a loaf.

                          3. I like the one at Langer's

                            1. The best CBH I've had in Los Angeles is hands down at Fiddler's Bistro Bar & Grill on 3rd Street not too far from Fairfax. I have it at least every other week. You can tell it is homemade, not from a can. It's fried crisp on both sides with small bits of onion and potato throughout. They serve a HUGE portion of it with poached eggs, hash browns and toast. I definitely know CBH and I promise you won't be disapointed. Great staff and great food.

                              Fiddler's Bistro Bar & Grill
                              6009 3rd Street
                              Los Angeles, CA 90036
                              (323) 931-8167

                              1. definitely Billys Deli in Glendale. i want to say its on orange. its absolutely the best i have had....

                                1. Eat Well in Silver Lake has the best hash ever. Super crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it achieves the perfect crumble/smooth ratio, but not so well-combined to make you question what it is actually made of. Perfect poached eggs on top, and if that isn't a big enough heart attack for you, definitely get a biscuit and gravy. Heaven on a plate. Or several plates, as it were....

                                  1. From the depths of Chow-starved South OC, a recommendation for the Harbor House Cafe, a 24-hour diner-type place that serves some really good home-style grub. Jammed at breakfast and late night on weeknds. The CBH is very good, but I'm a real sucker for any CBH, so you may have a finer palate for the stuff. For the record, I tend to prefer the slightly chunky style.

                                    As an aside, my wife loves their chicken soup...... decidedly not the kind my grandma made, but full of chicken and large-cut carrots and onions, with a tasty broth.

                                    1. Just got back from trying the CBH at Du-pars at the Farmers Market. Someone on this board (but not in this thread) recommended it recently. Thanks to whichever hound that was. House made with a nice char around the edges. BIG portion plus a BIG portion of very nice hash browns and whole wheat toast. The only downside was the yolks on the poached eggs were not runny -- so I will know to order them that way the next time around. Fine fresh coffee to round things out. I normally get the pancakes here, but their CBH will be giving those a run for their money from this point on.

                                      I also like the fact that they brought Tapatio hot sauce along with the ketchup.

                                      1. I'd completely forgotten just how good the corned beef hash is at Barney's Beanery. I used to live near the original location but I haven't been there in years. The other day I lunched at the Pasadena branch.

                                        I usually have it with French fries instead of the usual hash browns. Not sure I can recommend anything else, but it's a pretty big menu.

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

                                        Barney's Beanery
                                        99 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

                                        1. Third (?) that vote for OPH. Good CBH is quite hard to find in the South Bay now. When I was living in El Segundo, the coffee shop (now Mariposa) at the Hacienda Hotel served very good CBH. Maybe some locals will weigh in...

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                                          Langer's Delicatessen
                                          704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                          Nate 'n Al's Deli & Restaurant
                                          414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                          Original Pancake House
                                          1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                          S & W Country Diner
                                          9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                          Billy's Delicatessen
                                          216 N Orange St, Glendale, CA 91203

                                          Hacienda Hotel at LAX
                                          525 N Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

                                          Quality Coffee Shop
                                          1238 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                          Fiddler's Bistro
                                          6009 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                          Dolores
                                          11407 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                          Eat Well
                                          3916 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                          Du Par's
                                          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                          Harbor House Cafe
                                          34157 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629