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Looking for shredded hash browns near Hartford

ratbuddy Feb 20, 2009 03:35 AM

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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    ratbuddy Feb 25, 2009 06:31 AM

    Ack, noone?

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    1. re: ratbuddy
      jkuhlen Feb 25, 2009 08:42 PM

      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
        ratbuddy Feb 26, 2009 09:27 AM

        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
          sodagirl Feb 26, 2009 11:11 AM

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

          Shredded hash browns covered...

          1. re: sodagirl
            Scargod Mar 2, 2009 12:18 PM

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

            1. re: Scargod
              ratbuddy Mar 2, 2009 01:01 PM

              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
                Scargod Mar 2, 2009 01:45 PM

                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
                  ratbuddy Mar 2, 2009 01:50 PM

                  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
                    Scargod Mar 2, 2009 02:08 PM

                    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
                      kattyeyes Mar 2, 2009 02:09 PM

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

                      1. re: ratbuddy
                        danieljdwyer Mar 2, 2009 04:19 PM

                        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 montrealpoutine.com'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
                          ratbuddy Mar 2, 2009 04:32 PM

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

                  2. re: Scargod
                    kubasd Mar 3, 2009 03:35 PM

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

                    1. re: Scargod
                      Scargod Mar 4, 2009 06:04 AM

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

            2. masha bousha Feb 27, 2009 11:22 AM

              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
                ratbuddy Feb 27, 2009 12:18 PM

                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
                  shaogo Mar 1, 2009 01:21 PM

                  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
                    ratbuddy Mar 1, 2009 06:58 PM

                    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. shaogo Mar 2, 2009 05:05 PM

                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
                  ratbuddy Mar 3, 2009 06:14 AM

                  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.

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                  hotwing Mar 15, 2009 07:41 AM

                  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. SlowFood3 Mar 23, 2009 05:22 PM

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

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                    1. re: SlowFood3
                      SlowFood3 Sep 25, 2010 12:17 PM

                      Sorry to say Geri's closed two weeks ago.

                    2. shaogo Aug 14, 2009 08:55 PM

                      Hereinabove I recommended Captain Al's for shredded hash browns. Well, I rescind my recommendation.

                      On two separate visits we received the shredded potatoes; *barely* cooked. On a third visit, we literally *begged* the waitress to have the cook "burn" them. Again, they came out not even golden brown - and far from crispy. The inside was nearly raw. We sent 'em back. I mean, why bother?

                      The answer from the kitchen was ridiculous: "our grill is too small, so we don't have the time to keep them on the grill to make them crispy." I responded by asking them why, when they first started offering them, they had made them perfectly and now insisted on serving near-raw potatoes. They said "oh, we just don't have the time."

                      Suffice it to say *we* no longer have time for Captain Al's.

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                      1. re: shaogo
                        ratbuddy Aug 14, 2009 09:38 PM

                        Yeah, I did actually try them. They were way undercooked even though I asked for well done. When I went in to pick up my order, the lady actually said "I hope everything's OK, we have a new cook and he's not very good."

                        That was about 4 months ago. I haven't been back,

                        1. re: shaogo
                          hotwing Aug 16, 2009 05:12 AM

                          I have breakfast there about every other Sunday. Have not noticed any change. Had the hash browns last week and they were definately not raw. Maybe a little bit too much pepper, but cooked fine. They always seem to be very acomadating. Every time I order the cornedbeef hash, They ask if I would like it well done "a little crispy". The waitresses are also always very friendly and attenitive. Maybe they have a different cook during the week, but Sundays seem to be fine.

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