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And the best corned beef hash I've had in the Boston area is from...

...Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. Three of us went over there last night and tried a bunch of different dishes, with the corned beef hash definitely being the highlight. Wow, was it good--shredded clumps of corned beef with some carrots, potatoes, and onions, but really mostly corned beef. I love how the corned beef was shredded rather than finely chopped--it seems to hold onto the flavor a lot better that way.

The jo'nny cakes were excellent as well, but I'd lean toward the hash as being my favorite food item of the night there.

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  1. Not from Johnny's Luncheonette...that's for sure.

    I do like Mike's City Diner's corned beef hash. Unfortunately, I don't know what the best would be though because I haven't ordered it out recently except for at Mike's.

    1. It is not exactly the same thing, but IMO the red flannel hash at Henrietta's smokes DTD's hash. Also, you don't have to deal with the sub par DTD service (they get at least one persons order wrong or completely forget to bring something every time we have been there).

      1. I like Deluxe Town Diner's hash, but it has been called non-traditional by some, more like a chopped-up boiled dinner. (I haven't had the service issues mentioned here, just waits for a table or counter seat.) The Henrietta's Table one is really good, and the beets give it an amazing color.

        Other good hashes: Pops (deconstructed), Aunt Sadie's (roast beef), Locke-Ober (roast beef), Rosebud Diner (corned beef).

        Downhill: Agawam Diner (corned beef), Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe (turkey).

        Weird and good: Pat's Kountry Kitchen, Old Saybrook, CT (clam).

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Aunt Sadie's as in the South End gift shop? They serve food there?

          1. re: hiddenboston

            D'oh, idiocy on my part. I meant Auntie B's, in West Roxbury, a great all-around diner. (Aunt Sadie's is cool, too, but doesn't serve food of any kind. Good candles.)

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Damn, I was just about on my way there, too. Candles and hash--sounds like a scene from of a Cheech and Chong movie.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I haven't experienced any major service issues at DTD either, although I've noticed that I've had slightly better luck during busy breakfast hours than dinner time.

            I thought Rosebud hash was good but a tiny bit too greasy.

            The best hash I've ever had in New England was near a skiing town in Maine (forgot which one!), where it was made from the previous night's prime rib leftovers rather than corned beef....whoa that was good.

            1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

              Tha is how they make it at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.

              Despite MC's downhill alert, i do like Charlie's Sanswich Shoppe's turkey hash

              1. re: Northender

                Ah, but do you remember a time when it appeared and tasted like it had actual turkey in it? I had it again recently, hoping against hope that my last few experiences were some kind of freakish run of bad luck. Alas, it's still like barely-turkey-flavored, grilled, coarsely-mashed potatoes. Big bummer in my book.

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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  maybe you are right and I just don't remember - but I just love that place warts and all.... Arthur and his brother Chris usually run the grill but I am not sure I have the courage to tell them about the downhill alert!

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              I just learned about Pat's Kountry Kitchen's clam hash on another thread from bagelman01, and stopped there for the first time yesterday on my home from NYC. It was my first clam hash experience and worth the stop.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Clam hash!? Oh boy am I getting up nice and early tomorrow morning!

              2. It would have to be pretty fantastic to top the Wheelhouse Diner's (Quincy) version. That is currently my favorite. Nice big chunks of corned beef, not horribly oversalted, with chunks of potatoes and lots of onions. YUM.

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                1. re: mwk

                  I am long overdue another visit here, and I love hash! Never tried it there. I really have no excuses considering it's a 15 minute walk away. Maybe a weekend treat...

                2. I'll throw in a vote for the Stockyard, just across the highway from the DTD. It may've helped that I was hungover though... don't ask. :)

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                  Stockyard Restaurant
                  135 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135

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                  1. re: okra

                    i liked the hash at Friendly Toast and when they have it for weekend brunch at the Fireplace Grill

                    1. re: teezeetoo

                      The hash was the first thing I tried at the Friendly Toast, and I agree it was quite good.

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                  2. In the "unexpectedy good, unexpected place" category, I submit Brothers Kouzina on Route 1 in Lynnfield. This was the best plate of traditional hash that I've had in the new century and I've had many plates!

                    I also enjoy Peter Davis' take at HT, which features beets, parsnips and turnips, but as tasty and fresh as that version is, I'm still a traditional potato-onion-corned beef-grease kind of guy.

                    1. Soundbites in Ball Sq. (Somerville) makes my favorite hash in the Boston area. Enormous, greasy and delicious.

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                      Sound Bites
                      704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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                      1. re: TroyOLeary

                        In that neighborhood—does anyone know if Kelly's corned beef hash is homemade? The item is called "the homemade" on the menu, but I wasn't convinced by the name. (Also I had a linguiça craving.)

                        1. re: djd

                          Please do yourself a favor and AVOID the cbh at Kelly's. I had it exactly once and still cringe when I think of the alpo I was served. It was not homemade and it was not good.

                      2. This borders on the ridiculously useless recommendation, but I had the best corned beef hash I have ever had at the Four Seasons. Banker friend of mine was paying :).

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                        1. re: Carty

                          Was that at The Bristol, or the Audjourd'hui brunch?

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                          1. re: Carty

                            Not at all. I love Craigie on Main's "Grass-Fed and House-Brined Corned Beef Hash
                            slow-poached egg, crispy onion rings."

                            Penny
                            http://www.bostonzest.com/

                          2. Oh, that is so funny! I just posted my rave about DTD and decided to see what folks were talking about now. I saw this header and wondered whether this was also going to be about DTD, then no, that would be just too much of a coincidence. (No, this is not a plot!)

                            1. I like the corned beef hash at Busy Bee in Brookline, just like it should be I think.

                              Trader Joes just started selling a packaged roast beef hash, kind of like the alpo stuff but a bit better.

                              1. The Trident Cafe has surprisingly OK hash. Not the best I've ever had, but surprisingly OK.

                                I really like the Town Diner hash too, but I agree with the view that it's not exactly hash. It's not crispy, more like heated-up leftover corned beef. Which I would totally eat all day if I had leftover homemade corned beef, so no complaints.

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                                1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                  Sounds like the hash at S&S. Although they do put a little crust on it in the broiler - nice fatty and full cornbeef flavor - but I thought it would have benefited from more potatoes and a nice crust from the griddle.

                                  1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                    The folks at DTD are generally pretty accommodating -- I'll bet if you asked for it well done they'd leave it on the flat top 'til it got a crust. The substance of it is certainly up to the challenge.

                                  2. I quite like the corned beef hash at Strawberry Fair in Norwell. Its served up with a nice grilled slice of corn bread and baked beans.

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                                    Strawberry Fair Restaurant
                                    14 Pond St, Norwell, MA 02061

                                    1. Not sure if Dedham is considered the Boston area BUT my vote is for the 50's Diner.