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Corned beef hash??? ANyone??!

Just saw a topic about Diners a little bit ago and that got me thinking about my all time favorite meal..CORNED BEEF HASH!!! The only Place I have had it recently is in Hollywood at The Wild oats cafe on melrose. I gotta say they make a pretty mean hash but I know there has to be more places! SO ANYONE know some great spots?? Hollywood area?? Heck Just name a place and Im willing to drive for my Corned beef hash fix!!

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  1. Not Hollywood, nut Redondo Beach. The Original Pancake House, I order it with poached eggs and homefries instead of the potato pancakes. DELICIOUS!!!

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

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    1. re: JEN10

      I'd say OPH's cbh is solid....

      1. re: JEN10

        A friend of mine and I (both hash enthusiasts) tried OPH's version based on a reco from Chowhound some time ago.

        We were both massively disappointed. It was so salty as to be virtually inedible, and when we pointed it out to the server, she just shrugged and said "that's the way they make it."

        I actually like OPH very much for other breakfast dishes, but I thought that the hash was a complete flop. I would much prefer to eat Mary Kitchen's canned hash at home.

      2. Brent's deli in Northridge is the best I've had. They grill it so it has a nice crust on the top and bottom. It's really good and worth the trip.
        http://www.brentsdeli.com/

        1. I like the homemade hash at S&W Country Diner in Culver City. Here's an old review:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/309264

          1. If you want to feel like a grease bomb, but a GOOD grease bomb, get the corned beef hash at Uncle John's Ham & Eggs. It's like sex with a prostitute -- quick and dirty, but it scratches that itch when you've got that ... well, itch.

            Now, if you want to go a bit higher class -- say, a call girl -- go to Pacific Dining Car, where the protein of choice isn't some déclassé cut of beef but rather chopped prime rib roast. As they say, you pay for what you get.

            Uncle John's Ham & Eggs.
            433 West 8th St
            Los Angeles
            (213) 623-3555

            Pacific Dining Car
            www.pacificdiningcar.com

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              everything about this comment is just perfect.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I must say, I love corned beef and roast beef hash, and I love the PDC, but fwiw, I don't like their roast beef hash. It's very nontraditional; like big chunks of prime rib that have been browned in a skillet. It's tasty, but not really what I need in a hash breakfast. Also, it's roast beef, not corned beef.

                On corned beef hash, I agree with Jen10 about the OPH, which makes a nice version. Hadn't heard about Brent's but it's now on my list to try. I think there used to be called the Hollywood Coffee Shop (or something like that) that was legendary for its CBH, but I don't know if they're still around or turning out decent hash.

                On the roast beef hash side of things, my favorite is the fancy pot roast hash with coffee gravy at Jar's Sunday brunch.

                1. re: David Kahn

                  Unfortunately the Hollywood Coffee Shop is no more :(

                  1. re: David Kahn

                    hollywood h9lls coffee shoppe served up some of the great corned beef hash but alas it is no more.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    That is a hilarious description of the experiences. hahahaha

                  3. Haven't been in a year or two since we moved from the area, but Canters always had great CB hash. Three eggs, lord knows they have the corned beef, and the perfect proportion of potatoes. All that combined with black coffee and faux-abusive waitresses...heaven!

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                    1. re: trimtab

                      I don't care for Canters hash. I love their corned beef and figured I'd like the hash, but it was too smooth, paste like in texture. I could have eaten it thru a straw.

                      1. re: rednyellow

                        I'm sorry to hear that. That certainly wasn't the case a couple of years ago. That's why these discussions are worthwhile. I too can't stand it when the potatoes are more mashed than chopped. Too bad.

                    2. The ne plus ultra of corned beef hash is at The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, which does potatoes so many ways it can make a person weep with pleasure. Ask for it well-done if you prize the crispy parts, and I can't see why you wouldn't.

                        1. My favorite in L. A. has always been John O'Groats, which just expanded to Encino but which I've only had at the original location in Rancho Park.Also, they only haveit on weekends (which is the worst time to go to John O' Groats crowd-wise)

                          I have great memories of the corned beef hash at Art's Deli in Studio City, but I haven't had it there for years.

                          But my favorite is still Jinky's -- again I've only had it in Sherman Oaks, and not at the locations in Santa Monica or West Hollywood.

                          Has anyone ever had it at Langer's?

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                          John O'Groats
                          10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                          Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
                          12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                          Jinky's Cafe
                          14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                          1. re: maxzook

                            Great brisket hash at Tavern in Brentwood. Only available at breakfast or brunch.

                            1. re: maudies5

                              +1 on this rec; the brisket hash at Tavern is insanely good!

                            2. re: maxzook

                              I just looked at the online menu of John O'Groats. Salmon and veggie hash, but no corned beef . . .

                              1. re: maggielyn

                                I've definitely had it there -- but not in the last year or so. And I recall that it was only offered on weekends, so maybe it was a special.

                              2. re: maxzook

                                I'm rather fond of Langer's CBH

                              3. Haven't been but heard good things about HASH, the new restaurant in the hotel Erwin, on Venice Beach.

                                1. I know this is a little sideways from what you are asking for, but the duck confit hash with duck egg at canele is super tasty. The unctuousness of the confit is amplified when made crispy with the potatoes and such. My go-to decadent brunch for sure.

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                                  Canele
                                  3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                  1. This is why I love chowhound!

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                                    1. re: Dav1010

                                      I have not tried CBH in many places, but if I am at Langers in the early AM, I will sometimes get it. I think it is pretty good. Then again, there is no law against having a pastrami sandwich for breakfast; 10:00 AM is the cutoff for me.

                                    2. In a pinch, the shelf-stable corned beef hash from Trader Joe's is surprisingly good.

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                                      1. re: mollyomormon

                                        Much of the allure is the preparation, and if it's done right (fried crispy, with soft poached eggs), I'm not averse to good canned CBH.

                                        1. re: maxzook

                                          That's our standard Sunday am fare and my husband's specialty!!

                                          1. re: maxzook

                                            To me corned beef hash is like tuna: another thing that's usually better canned than fresh. I liked the S&W Diner's homemade stuff OK, but I'll get the canned next time. I must say that I had GOOD homemade CB hash at a deli in Nashville, so I know it can be done, but after several attempts I've decided that if I cook it it's gonna be from a can.

                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                              Will, try the TJ's one! It's not in a can, but rather a pouch, and I'd be very curious as to what you think. We were able to get a really good crisp on it in the skillet.

                                              1. re: mollyomormon

                                                is it frozen in a pouch? Just want to look for it tomorrow and wondering where to start my search.

                                                1. re: JEN10

                                                  No it's shelf-stable. It's in the same aisle as the rice and pasta sauce at my TJ's.

                                                  1. re: mollyomormon

                                                    They should throw some of those pouches on the next shuttle mission. Bet it would go great with some astronaut ice cream ...

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      We work with NASA, so I'll give them ipsedixit's suggestion, but I think TJ's CBH would go even better with freeze-dried poached eggs, as long as the yolks are still runny.

                                                      I agree with Will Owen, by the way, and generally prefer well-prepared canned CBH (crisp but not overcooked) to fresh-made. I love great corned beef in a sandwich, but something about the flavor of real deli corning spices doesn't do it for me with hash. The worst versions seem to come from delis that use chopped slices rather than cubes for CBH.

                                                      Nowadays, whenever I have doggie-bag prime rib from the Pacific Dining Car, for example, I make a hash from small cubes of the beef, potatoes (white or sweet), cilantro, onions, and jalapeños (or Hatch peppers if I have some). Better than the PDC hash mentioned above and excellent with real eggs poached under the influence of gravity.

                                                      1. re: Harry Nile

                                                        Just what NASA needs to revitalize the public's interest in the space program... corned beef hash.

                                                        1. re: Harry Nile

                                                          pardon the OT mention, but do you (or anyone really) have a recommended brand of canned CBH?

                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                            As a matter of fact, ns1, in light of this discussion, I made some last week with plain old Hormel's from Von's, and it wasn't bad -- for those of us who like this sort of thing -- especially when cooked slowly at first to steam off the excess moisture and then fried a bit to create the crust highly prized by gourmet and gourmand. The hash tends to fall apart, giving me the thought of mixing in an egg and bread crumbs to act as binders, but I could sense that my grandmother was about to roll over in her grave, so I did not.

                                                            1. re: Harry Nile

                                                              I actually use the store brands, Vons & Ralph's and find them to be totally acceptable, and cheaper to boot.

                                                              But yes, as Harry says, it is essential to cook them for a long period, they are the first thing to hit the pan, and last to come out, and we slice them into four, and have four equally crisped, browned patties for the four of us. Kids always want seconds, heck we all do, but feels like there's just something wrong with eating that much grease in one sitting!!!

                                                              And Harry, what we do, so they don't fall apart is to refrigerate the can. Overnight will do it, and it slips out of the can in a whole piece, with a bit of shaking and if you can cut both ends of the can off, all the better. But seems the store brands make that impossible now, so I just slide a sharp knife around the edges until it loosens. Now we never are without a can of hash in our fridge, that's just how we roll now!!

                                                              1. re: Phurstluv

                                                                Now, there's a thought! I'll try that, Phurstluv -- thanks.

                                                                To be honest, some day I might also try to sneak one past Grandma and mix some lightly beaten egg into the hash. It works wonders with salmon cakes, meatballs, etc.

                                                                1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                  You're welcome, hope it works out for you, and you enjoy it as much as my family & I do!

                                                                  But, careful now, don't go gettin' all fancy with it!! Grandmother's always seem to have it dialed in, we're just too naive to know it!!!

                                                                2. re: Phurstluv

                                                                  Agreed -- I found Ralph's canned hash both better and cheaper than the national brands. Regrettably, our local Ralph's has now quit carrying it.

                                                  2. re: Will Owen

                                                    Will, seeing as how you like the canned version then you really ought to give the Blue Star Restaurant near downtown LA a try. Just to reacquaint myself I stopped in again this morning (open at 8 AM - Mon. thru Sat.) for breakfast. Perfect rendition, including a nice brown bark on the bottom edge. It comes with 3 eggs and I went with poached. Cooked just as I like them. Soft yolk and whites cooked through.

                                                    This is a spotless place with a nice vibe to it. Sort of a classical diner type that has been recreated in a very true to form style. Owner (I'm sure it was the owner) is a Harley rider (parked on the sidewalk out front) with a lot of interesting ink. Friendly guy who is obviously customer / service oriented. He said they try to make as much as possible in house, but that they don't sell enough CBH to make it themselves. But the raspberry jam was made there. Nice touch among others (observe the "Beware - Attack Waitress" sign near the cash register).

                                                    I was first in, but closely followed by a couple of LAPD uniformed patrol officers. A good sign in my book.

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                                                    Blue Star
                                                    2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                                2. re: mollyomormon

                                                  I tried the TJ's Roast Beef Hash recently and loved it. I used about a third of the packet fried it nice and crispy, dropped a few eggs in the middle and it was great. I will keep a packet in the cupboard from now on. Major Thumbs Up!

                                                  1. re: mollyomormon

                                                    Tried this for lunch today and it was fine but alas not something I would get excited about. The hash plus some eggs was enough for two of us to have lunch.

                                                    I guess I like the chunkier version of CB hash, plus favor CB over rb.

                                                  2. If you haven't been to the Beachwood Canyon Coffe Shop (or whatever it's called), give their CBH a go. I really like it. Crunchy, small diced potatoes, greasy...everything I think CBH should be. It is probably canned, but at least thay have the sense to mash it around a bit, so it looks homeade....unlike other joints that give you the round, sliced from a can version...(honestly, not that I mind it from a can...)

                                                    1. I like the corned beef hash at Quality Food & Beverage on 3rd. Doesn't come very crispy unless you ask, which I do, and then it's perfect. Also comes with choice of toast or biscuit, and the correct answer is: biscuit.

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                                                      Quality Food & Beverage
                                                      8030 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                                                      1. re: wutzizname

                                                        Quality Food & Beverage makes a mean biscuit. Didn't know about their hash, which is now also on my list. Thanks.

                                                        1. re: David Kahn

                                                          Could you folks describe that biscuit at Quality Food & Beverage? Tasty, I assume, but flaky or bready? Light or hefty? Large or small? Dry or moist? Etc. Pann's (tasty, flaky, hefty, large, and not exactly moist but certainly not sawdust-dry like the ones at John O'Groats, which take well to plenty of butter) is the only acceptable biscuit I know in Los Angeles. Finding another good one would be an important step in the march towards civilization (especially if the CBH is also good). Do they, by chance, serve a good sausage gravy? Thanks.

                                                          1. re: Harry Nile

                                                            The biscuits at Clementine (tasty, flaky, small and moist) are also very good, but there's no gravy. They do have shaved country ham, though...

                                                            1. re: mollyomormon

                                                              Thanks, Molly. Clementine has country ham? Yet another step forward. I haven't seen the real thing anywhere in the area except for the wild lost-in-Alabama stuff that Johnny Rebs' puts on the table -- a little too much even for me. Country ham and biscuits may finally motivate me to try Clementine.

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                                                              Johnny Rebs'
                                                              3532 Katella Ave Ste 114, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

                                                            2. re: Harry Nile

                                                              I still haven't made it to Pann's for the biscuits (may go right now) so can't compare. But I would probably give Quality's the same specs (tasty, flaky, hefty, large, and not exactly moist but certainly not sawdust-dry).

                                                              They do have Biscuits & Gravy but they don't specify if it's traditional sausage gravy and no one ever talks about the gravy, so I'm guessing that's not their thing. Just great biscuits.

                                                              Here are some good threads that will help you take a few more steps foward:

                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/643472
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589126
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589126

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                                                              Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                                              6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                                              1. re: wutzizname

                                                                Okay, just back from my first Pann's biscuit (along side some fried chicken wings & eggs). And based on that biscuit, I'd have to revise my specs to say that Quality's is probably a little larger, but less dense, meaning a little lighter but also a little dryer (but not in a bad way).

                                                                In truth, Quality's is probably a little less traditional than Pann's -- just a few inches in the direction of a scone (think: spoon dropped vs. ring cut) but still very very good.

                                                                To be honest, while I liked Pann's this morning, it wasn't my favorite biscuit. A bit too heavy for my money. But I sure did love the place.

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                                                                Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                                                                6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                                              2. re: Harry Nile

                                                                The biscuit at Quality tastes like there's about a stick of butter in each one and it's oh. so. good. They're about 3" in diameter IIRC, and definitely my favorite.

                                                                LOVE their corned beef hash, by the way. It's hard for me to go to Quality and NOT order it.

                                                                1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                  The biscuits at QF&B resemble those at John O'Groats; they're drop (rather than rolled), with a nice softly crisp exterior. Light, and fresh. Very good, imho.

                                                                2. re: David Kahn

                                                                  I wouldn't rush there for the CB hash. very mediocre. the meat is diced super thin. also my egg that was served with it was overdone so instead of being runny was solid. eh.

                                                                  The biscuit however was great.

                                                                  1. re: Senor Popusa

                                                                    Went to TJ's to try the packaged Corned Beef Hash. Couldn't find any. Found ROAST beef hash, instead. Tried it and found it to be quite good. Were they just out of the Corned Beef version? Or is the Roast Beef Hash all they actually carry and the previous comments were in error?

                                                              3. Eat in NoHo has great homemade corned beef hash....not too greasy!

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                                                                1. re: chesone

                                                                  All through my first post upthread I kept thinking I was forgetting a good "hash-house", so thanks for reminding me ... Eat (now known as Ned's on Magnolia) may have one of my two or three favorite CBH's.

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

                                                                  Quality Food & Beverage
                                                                  8030 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                  Ned's On Magnolia
                                                                  11108 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                                                                  1. re: maxzook

                                                                    And another great CBH is at Billy's Deli in Glendale, subject of this week's Jonathan Gold column:

                                                                    http://www.laweekly.com/2009-10-29/ea...

                                                                2. try the Roast Beef Hash at Jar in Beverly Hills.. amazing sauce.. be sure to ask for extra!

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                                                                  1. re: marilees

                                                                    Yep, it's one of my favorites too. But, it is roast, rather than corned beef hash.

                                                                  2. Victor's Square at Bronson and Franklin. Haven't eaten it in a while, but I used to eat it every weekend. Nowadays, it has been replaced by TJ's in a vacuum pouch--and I echo the other comments--the TJ's one is pretty good if you can crisp it on the bottom.

                                                                    1. I don't have an Irish background to draw from, but I've tried corned beef hash in a lot of places trying to match the quality of the best place I've had it in California; Harris Ranch restaurant on I-5, near Coalinga. I was there last weekend and ordered it again. Heaven in hash. Their store sells meats and has the uncooked CBH as well. We had them make up 9 lbs of it, vacuum packed for the trip back to Torrance. I had it for dinner lastnight. It is worthy of openning a bottle of good wine with. I had it with a nice Pinot Noir.

                                                                      I live near the Original Pancake House that gotten some good reviews of their CBH, so I'm going to have to try it. Maybe tomorrow, because Im still stuffed from eating at S&W up in Culver City. I went there after reading about them on Yelp. I ordered the full breakfast plate of CBH, 2 eggs, hashbrowns, toast, coffee. Good food. Nice homey feeling cafe. I like the place and wish it were closer. But their "homemade" CBH is kinda non-traditional. Tasted, looked and smelled like it has some chorizo mixed in. It wasn't bad, but nothing to write home about either.

                                                                      For you that travel the I-5, definitely stop in to Harris Ranch and have their CBH and get some to cook at home as well. Or just have any beef dinner there. A really nice place to eat.

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                                                                      1. re: roaniecowpony

                                                                        Do you know what time HR opens for breakfast, we make that trip a few times a year. That would be an awesome meal, but Hunny likes to leave sooooooo early we hit it up around 4 - 5 am.
                                                                        As stated above be sure to specify how you want your eggs with the CBH at the OPH. The potato pancakes are good, I just prefer the home fries. If you like hot chocolate with whip cream, they make the BOMB! Their omlettes are Darn good too, ask to try the salsa.

                                                                        1. re: JEN10

                                                                          Folks, Harris Ranch, at more than 200 miles north of Los Angeles is out of scope for this board. Please continue any Harris Ranch discussion in a new thread, on the California board.

                                                                          Thanks.

                                                                          1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                                            Sorry, I was using Harris Ranch as a baseline comparison to the LA restaurants. I hope it's not out of scope to use other localities outside the LA area for comparisons and recommendations when LA residents travel.

                                                                            Jen, they open at 6 am.

                                                                      2. Angels at hollywood and western by the days inn

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                                                                        1. re: blackbookali

                                                                          Always wondered about that place. Anything else good there?

                                                                          1. re: blackbookali

                                                                            I've always wondered about that place ... I live just a few blocks away, and every time I go past they seem to be closed.

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                                                                            Angel's Restaurant
                                                                            5420 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                            1. re: maxzook

                                                                              they close at 4 i believe. its a greasy spoon, all i ever get is the corned beef hash.

                                                                          2. In the valley, I've found the hash at Cici's Cafe in Tarzana to be very good. Definitely a different animal from the typical canned version.

                                                                            Other than the hash, Cici's has a great breakfast menu - its always busy on the weekends.

                                                                            http://ciciscafe.com/

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                                                                            Cici's Cafe
                                                                            18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

                                                                            1. I like the homemade corn beef hash at Russell's in Pasadena.

                                                                              Russell's
                                                                              (626) 578-1404 - 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

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                                                                              1. re: orythedog

                                                                                Agreed ... worth a link.

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                                                                                Russell's
                                                                                30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                                                                                1. re: orythedog

                                                                                  Twenty years ago, Russell's was a local, top-quality burger chain based primarily in Long Beach. They had excellent hamburgers, incredible pies with towering meringues -- not just the ubiquitous lemon pie -- and the best hash-browns in Los Angeles, in addition to fine breakfasts. They're now down to the place in Pasadena and, at least the one time I went there after returning to Southern California five years ago, offer only a handful of less-than-sterling pies. Imagine if the Bake 'n Broil suddenly had only one cake and one pie, both from Ralph's.

                                                                                  In all the years I went to Russell's, I never tried their CBH, however, so I'll reacquaint myself soon and see if anything has changed recently. Thanks to ory and max for the motivation.

                                                                                  1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                                    ah, i was hoping the last remaining one would still serve some great pies.

                                                                                    too bad. don't think i'll be trekking to Pasadena any time soon just for corned beef hash.

                                                                                    grill on the alley version is a paradigm of the genre.

                                                                                2. Just tried Philippe's this morning for the first time, and I gotta say...not too shabby. Especially for the price, which is the same as bacon or sausage with eggs...just $2.15 over the plain eggs plate. So for $6.75 I got a huge serving of very good -- if very basic -- corned beef hash...plus two eggs, toast, AND a big serving of home fries -- not that you really need those on top of the hash. Add the 9-cent coffee and it's pretty hard to beat.

                                                                                  N.B. A side order of hash alone is $2.95.

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                                                                                  Philippe the Original
                                                                                  1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                                                                                  1. re: wutzizname

                                                                                    Do they serve it all day or only for breakfast?

                                                                                    1. re: coffeebrownies

                                                                                      Looking at their menus online, I have to assume it's only at breakfast, which I believe now goes to 10:30 (sharp). Unless someone knows otherwise.

                                                                                      http://www.philippes.com

                                                                                  2. How about Leroy's on Huntington Bl in Monrovia?