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Feb 20, 2009 03:35 AM

Looking for shredded hash browns near Hartford

All I can find around here is the stinkin' cubed home fried style. Is there a diner/breakfast place anywhere in the area that has shredded ones - not in patty form?


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    1. re: ratbuddy

      I think I've only experienced these at chain places, but I don't remember which. Not to say I didn't like them. Where (in the world as well as in a restaurant) did you form your attachment to them?

      1. re: jkuhlen

        Nowhere in particular. I've just had them once or twice and really liked the texture and flavor the shred gives them. They get crusty-crispy on the outside, stay moist in the middle, and catch salt well. They are more popular in other parts of the country, I just can't seem to find any around here.

        1. re: ratbuddy

          Don't you wish there was a Waffle House in Hartford?

          Shredded hash browns covered...

          1. re: sodagirl

            "Scattered, smothered and covered," IE, hash browns with onions and cheese on top.
  ! I'm gonna go make some! Thanks Ratbuddy for the Ideer.

            1. re: Scargod

              Sounds kinda wimpy. How about some sausage gravy on top after the cheese? Now if someone tells me of a place around Hartford that'll do that, there's $20 in it for them..

              1. re: ratbuddy

                I'm havin' an epiphanamic moment! Offer food people are dying for... Poontang?
                Isn't that French?
                How about home-made biscuits, red-eye gravy and hot sage sausage with your eggs over easy and scattered, smothered, covered and drowned (gravied) hash browns?
                Never mind, your in Hartford. I don't think you'd drive an hour for my food....

                1. re: Scargod

                  My roots are in Quebec, a few generations back. About 18 years ago, I took a drive up there with my mom and brother. On the ferry somewhere north of Gaspe, I had what I thought was 'fries and gravy' but I suspect now was actually poutine. Also looking for a place that makes a good version around here.

                  1. re: ratbuddy

                    I've had that in Texas. It's when the gravy from the CFS runs over and gets in the fries. Delish! Don't blame you for looking.

                    1. re: ratbuddy

                      ratbuddy: I've not been personally, but I've read Chez Ben in Manchester serves poutine.

                      1. re: ratbuddy

                        Caseus in New Haven makes a great poutine. Unfortunately, I don't have much to compare it to, because the place I tried poutine at in Montreal quite frankly sucked (La Banquise, the only one of's top four poutine joints that was open the week I was there, my fault for going to a French speaking city in August I suppose - shitty fries, flavorless gravy, rubbery cheese curds, yuck). Caseus's version puts the emphasis on French in French Canadian, so it's potentially more refined than the real thing, but it's damn tasty.
                        If you want something less refined, there are dozens of diners in the state that make really good cheese and gravy fries. Not the same as poutine at all, but delicious nonetheless. Cheese and gravy fries accounted for at least ten percent of my caloric intake in high school (back in the days when you could still smoke in diners, so that's what high school kids did on Fridays and Saturdays when they couldn't score any booze and/or find a place to drink it).

                        1. re: danieljdwyer

                          I spent a few nights at Toddle House doing just that. God, that place was a dump.

                  2. re: Scargod

                    mmm.... those are heaven. Especially after a night of drinking... the smothered covered hashbrowns i mean

                    1. re: Scargod

                      Made hash browns last night. Very small dice instead of strings. Vidalia onions and Vermont cheddar. God they were good with my chili.

            2. Other than IHop, I don't know of a place around the Hartford area with shredded HBs. I will recommend though--Olympia Diner on the Berline Turnpike. Their HBs can be ordered well done and they come out with a very nice crisp to them.
              Also--their corned beef hash is sooo delicious. I also get that well done to crisp it up.

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              1. re: masha bousha

                For cube style I'm happy with Quaker Diner. Got some yesterday, and since I was getting breakfast around noon, I think they gave me about double the usual hash browns - can't just let em go bad sitting on the grill, I guess.

                Actually ordered hash well done too. Good stuff.

                1. re: ratbuddy

                  Captain Al's on East Street in New Britain has shredded hash browns as an option (they also have the cubes). Ask them to make the hash browns well done. Their eggs are quite good, and so is the corned beef hash (they'll grill extra onions in upon request - ask for this).

                  Re: Quaker Diner: the last time we were there they put garlic in the home fries. I don't care for garlic in the morning.

                  1. re: shaogo

                    Awesome, I'm going to try it as soon as the snow goes away and my car can make it. How far past Elmer's coming from route 9 is it? Same side?

              2. Captain Al's is on the same side as Elmer's but about a mile down, after the car wash on the right.

                While you're at it, you'll pass The Dawg House on the right. A very, very good hot dog.

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                1. re: shaogo

                  I've had a chili dog there before, it was great. They split the dog and put it to one side of the bun, chili on the other. Much easier to eat than one with with chili piled on top, and travels much better wrapped in foil too. Yum.

                2. Just got back from Captain Al's. Although I've been there before, I never tried or knew they had hash browns. They were very good. Breakfeast is always excellent at Captain Al's.

                  1. Geri's Place, . on a side street: 31 Hungerford St. Torrington CT Tel: 626-0011

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                    1. re: SlowFood3

                      Sorry to say Geri's closed two weeks ago.