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Corned Beef Hash in O.C.?

roterror Jun 9, 2008 06:43 PM

So, we got in a conversation in my office about diners and hole-in-the-wall restaurants; my friend was remembering great breakfast places from where she used to live, and was soon ravenous for corned-beef hash. Unfortunately, none of us could think of a place that serves it around here (central O.C.)

So please help - where can one go in Orange County for hash? And where is the best?

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    AteTooMuch RE: roterror Jun 9, 2008 07:09 PM

    OMG... the memories of driving down the east coast on vacation with my parents and stopping at a local mom and pop shop (howard johnsons was the only chain back then). I fav fav fav was corn beef hash....

    Ima definately gonna watch this one...

    1. monku RE: roterror Jun 9, 2008 07:34 PM

      Harbor House Cafe ?

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        Allmodcons RE: roterror Jun 9, 2008 09:13 PM

        Benjie's Deli, on Tustin near 17th in Santa Ana, has very good corned beef hash, and does a very good job with the poached eggs as well.

        1. OCAnn RE: roterror Jun 9, 2008 09:55 PM

          Original Pancake House; Kimmie's Coffee Cup (Brea) and Branagans (Fullerton) are all good.

          Branagan's Irish Pub
          213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

          Kimmies Coffee Cup
          770 S Brea Blvd Ste 115, Brea, CA 92821

          Original Pancake House
          3322 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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            elmomonster RE: OCAnn Jun 10, 2008 09:41 AM

            Agreed. OPH has the best corned beef hash!

            Here are my pics of the one in Anaheim:

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              OCAnn RE: elmomonster Jun 10, 2008 11:46 AM

              Nice write up. Now I'll probably have to go to OPH for lunch instead of waiting for the wknd.

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                Professor Salt RE: OCAnn Jun 18, 2008 08:39 PM

                I tried the corned beef hash for the first time at OPH today. It's mighty good, and definitely home made. Mine was 90% ground up corned beef and 10% onion and potato. You know how some corned beef is overly salty and tasting of curing chemicals because it wasn't soaked in multiple changes of water before it was boiled? This isn't like that at all. In fact, mine was underseasoned, if anything.

                Because it has very little potato in it, it doesn't have the wet, pasty texture that most CBH has. It's meaty, and I liked it. If you prefer one that's more potato than meat and expect a brown, pan-fried crust that's more like hash browns, you probably won't enjoy Original Pancake House's.

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                  OCAnn RE: Professor Salt Jun 18, 2008 09:04 PM

                  That's a nice description of how they prep the CBH. All this talk of CBH forced me to go this past weekend and order it with two fried eggs on top like E Eto below. Now if they served Cream Pan OJ or coffeee there, I'd be in heaven!

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                    JEN10 RE: OCAnn Jun 19, 2008 11:23 AM

                    I always order the home cooked potatoes on the side, instead of the potato pancakes, that way I can add more crunchy potato goodness as I like. I like the eggs poached, not fried though.

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                      OCAnn RE: JEN10 Jun 19, 2008 11:54 AM

                      We're a bit on the same page then; when I ordered the CBH combo, instead of buttermilk pancakes, I had hash browns (well done). =) mmm mmm good!

          2. JEN10 RE: roterror Jun 10, 2008 03:32 AM

            The Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach does an awesome corned beef hash. Definetly check out the one near you.

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              E Eto RE: JEN10 Jun 10, 2008 07:32 AM

              Here's what the corned beef hash looks like at Original Pancake House:

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                OCAnn RE: E Eto Jun 10, 2008 08:49 AM

                Dang it...I thought I got over my temporary addiction to OPH...but after seeing those pictures, I know I'll be at one sometime this weekend. That pic of the hash brown w/fried egg on top is both a blessing & a curse! =P

                Are those the 49ers next to it?

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                  SeaCook RE: E Eto Jun 10, 2008 10:04 AM

                  Looks like I'm going to have to check out TOPH in Orange soon. I love corn beef hash. I think those are potato pancakes not 49ers.

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                    E Eto RE: SeaCook Jun 10, 2008 10:24 AM

                    Yup, potato panckaes they are.

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                  monku RE: JEN10 Jun 19, 2008 08:05 PM

                  Had the CBH at OPH in Redondo Beach today, not served the same way as pictured (by "elmomonster" above) at the Anaheim location. Definitely a good choice-meaty texture not mushy and flavorful. So they aren't the same at all OPH's.

                  Found out the owner of the Redondo Beach location also owns the one in Aliso Viejo where he spends most of his time, so I'm assuming its served up and prepared the same as it is in Redondo Beach.

                  Original Pancake House
                  26951 Moulton Parkway
                  Aliso Viejo, California 92656

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                    Professor Salt RE: monku Jun 19, 2008 10:36 PM

                    What was different?

                    The version I mentioned was the one in Aliso Viejo. My CBH looked pretty much like elmo's, except that mine had proportionately more meat and less potato/onion. It came with two eggs laid on top, potato pancakes on the plate.

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                      monku RE: Professor Salt Jun 19, 2008 11:03 PM

                      If you had it at the Aliso Viejo OPH, then confirmed my assumption that it was like the CBH I had at the Redondo Beach location. I wouldn't say the meat was ground, but more like chopped up giving it at "meaty" texture and not "mushy" like the picture elmomonster showed in his blog. Also the one I had wasn't "fried" with a crust like the one at Anaheim OPH and definitely a higher meat to potatoe ratio as you described. Take a look at E Eto's pictures (above).

                      In a pinch give me a can of Libby's CBH.

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                        E Eto RE: monku Jun 19, 2008 11:06 PM

                        FWIW, my photo of the CBH was taken at the Redondo Beach location.

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                          Professor Salt RE: monku Jun 19, 2008 11:14 PM

                          Sorry, I misspoke. I incorrectly attributed Eric's photo to elmo.

                          In any case, mine was for more meaty than Eric's, and wasn't fried with a crust. Might have to go to Anaheim this weekend to investigate.

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                    justagthing RE: roterror Jun 10, 2008 07:16 AM

                    WestBay Cafe on PCH in Sunset Beach has a good corned beef and a roast beef hash. Not on their regular menu, but they usually have it most mornings.

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                      holy chow RE: roterror Jun 10, 2008 08:19 AM

                      Benjie's and Keno's both make a very good hash. Keno's is in Anaheim Hills at Imperial and La Palma.

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