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Homemade Corned Beef Hash-Boston Breakfast

  • xcptnl Oct 29, 2009 04:35 PM
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I am pretty sure Charlies has homemade hash (turkey I think). Is there anywhere else that is not overly fancy that has homemade corned beef hash around downtown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill area? This would be for a Sunday morning but not really looking for brunch/fancier place-just a egg/bacon and good coffee place.

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  1. Southie doesn't get a lot of ink here but I recently had a great corned beef hash at L Street Diner.

    1. north of boston at tryst in beverly we make our own

      1. In your target zone, Mike's City Diner is a solid bet. I like their corned beef hash, but haven't tried their new turkey hash. (I'm guessing it will be very good.) Great breakfast food all around, and a bargain for the neighborhood. Expect lines at peak times.

        If you don't mind going beyond the diner route, I highly recommend the corned beef-tongue hash at Toro's brunch. That menu is full of superb, creative brunch food, but it's not all offal-y (thought the grilled beef heart is outstanding) or Spanish the way the dinner menu is.

        Toro also has plenty for the less adventurous (bourbon banana French toast is terrific), and they serve fine craft cocktails to boot. I favor the El Gitano, a gentle, Green Chartreuse based cocktail, as a Sunday mid-day eye-opener. (The old saw locally is that brunch is church for South Enders.)

        Note that Charlie's is closed on Sunday.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Toro
        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        Mike's City Diner
        1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Thanks everyone. I was thinking it might end up being Mikes (because of Charlies being closed Sundays) if we do not go beyond diner. Thanks again.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Thisis valuable infomration..many thanks. It has become very hard (even in Manhattan) to get decent hash..so much of the stuff out there has a ton of salt. Some salt, sure...but I've taken the fried eggs off the top more than once and just left the Dead Sea on the side

          2. The Columbus Cafe has corned beef has. It's pretty good.

            1. If you're willing to venture farther afield to Malden, the Do Wop Diner (on Main Street) has great corned beef hash. I also love their crabcakes benedict.

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              1. re: gimlis1mum

                Can you say more about the crabcakes benedict? Please?

                1. re: yumyum

                  Sure...it's two fried eggs, on top of two crabcakes, each on top of an English muffin half, with Hollandaise all over everything. Comes with home fries, I think. It's not a gourmet dish - the crabcake is made with the"fake crab" stuff and has lots of breadcrumb filler - but it is delicious diner food.

                  It's not listed on the printed menu - look for the signs up over the counter and kitchen window. They also have kielbasa and eggs, and a few other items listed there that aren't on the menus at the tables.

                  1. re: gimlis1mum

                    The Columbus Cafe also has Maine crab benedict. It's been a while, but I remember it was decent.

                  2. re: yumyum

                    Union Bar & Grill does this with their excellent codcakes for weekend brunch, too.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      I love that dish at Union which is why my interest was piqued on the crab benny's. But I turned off when I read it is faux Krab.

                      1. re: yumyum

                        We went a to Do Wop a few weeks ago and got the crabcake benedict again...it was made with real crab, so I thought I should update my post. I guess they've upgraded! The price is the same, the crabcakes are a bit smaller, but since it's real crab, I think that's okay :-)

                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        Oh, that's right. Forgot about those. I'll have to head over there soon.

                  3. Soundbites & Ball Sq Cafe in (you guessed it) Ball Square in Somerville have what I think is the best corned beef hash around.

                    Mike's City Diner's is good and full of meat but a bit dry for my taste, whereas Soundbites is moist and peppery, if more balanced with potato.

                    A tip if you're going to Mike's: don't wait in line to sit at a table, sit at the counter instead. You won't have a back on your stool but you'll have your food 20 minutes faster.

                    1. Soundbites is pretty good, but my absolute favorite is actually at Grafton Street in Harvard Square. Before you groan, just imagine - a corned beef hash that is not the consistency of dog food, but rather a rough chop of corned beef chunks and bell peppers and potatoes, with two poached eggs and melted cheddar.

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                      1. re: gini

                        Cheddar on hash? Blerg.

                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                          Meh, it might not be "traditional", but it's damn tasty. Really, lots of people eat steak 'n' cheese...

                        2. re: gini

                          hmmm, sounds interesting. Not many would dare to alter the original, but honestly the other day I was debating about my brekkie and thinking "I want hash, but then I won't get any cheese". Lol. Sounds like this would solve that problem.

                          I love a good hash, just hate the stuff from a can, and have sadly even been to places that claim to make their own but it obviously came from a can. Busy Bee makes one themselves, and I love it when I need a good greasy spoon fix. They are not open on Sundays though.

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                          Busy Bee Restaurant
                          1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                          1. re: gini

                            I really love corned beef hash, and while I do adore Sound Bites (it's the place at which I most often have breakfast or brunch) I think their corned beef hash is the only item on their menu that isn't anything special.

                            Henrietta's Table is not among my favorite restaurants, and I would specifically recommend not going there for their over-priced Sunday brunch. However, their corned beef hash is on their weekday breakfast menu and is very good, and not very expensive. The only meal at which I enjoy Henrietta's Table is weekday breakfast. The juice is good, their breadbasket is good, and their hash is excellent.

                            1. re: lipoff

                              Agreed. Henrietta's serves breakfast on the weekend (both Sat & Sun) until 11 & 10:30a respectively before their brunch starts.

                          2. Since so many recommendations are straying from the downtown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill area, allow me to recommend the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. Excellent corned beef hash, with large chunks of what I believe is home made corned beef and just a touch of potatoes, onions and peppers. So, so, so much better than the mince meat cat food from a can that I find most everywhere else, including my otherwise regular favorite, Soundbites in Ball Square. While you're at Deluxe, do yourself a favor and get some pancakes, too. The English muffins are pretty great, too.

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                            Deluxe Town Diner
                            627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                            Town Diner
                            627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                            1. re: BJK

                              I love the Deluxe Town Diner's hash, too (it's probably my favorite all-around breakfast joint), even if it's not in the OP's target area.

                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                              Deluxe Town Diner
                              627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                              Town Diner
                              627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                              1. re: BJK

                                Yes! THAT's what I'm looking for: a CB hash that is NOT "mince meat cat food" or with the "consistency of dog food." I like it to be chunky, rather than mince-formed-into-pancake.

                                So based on the postings, I have Deluxe Town Diner & Grafton Street. Anywhere else? Thanks.

                                1. re: quirkydeb

                                  the housemade corned beef hash at Craigie should be on your list too... coincidentally, had a great sirloin beef hash this past weekend at Jake Moon diner west of Albany NY...

                                  1. re: barleywino

                                    Haven't made it to Craigie yet for any meals since I moved here. Another reason to try to get my husband to cross the river.

                                    1. re: quirkydeb

                                      The Craigie brunch corned beef hash is to die for. I lament the old Deli King at the corner of Harvard St and Comm Ave in Allston. They made their own, and it was magnificent. They had (have?) a restaurant somewhere on the north shore where I stopped and bought some from years back, but it wasn't quite as good.

                                  2. re: quirkydeb

                                    Peter at the Busy Bee on Beacon St in Brookline has been making corn beef hash for years and I love the texture plus it's a bargain.

                                  3. re: BJK

                                    I whole-heartedly agree with the Deluxe Town Diner rec. The corned beef hash is outstanding! I usually avoid ordering it as most places use mystery meat. Not here, it is the real deal. Totally worth a detour from BB / BH. Give it a try!

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                                    Deluxe Town Diner
                                    627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                                  4. Had a great corned beef hash omelet at the L St Diner in South Boston Sunday morning.
                                    It was one of the best I've ever had.

                                    1. Friendly Toast in Kendall Sq. makes their own.

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                                      1. re: Calico Jack

                                        Haven't been there in a while but Stars in Hingham had corned beef hash with pieces of meat vs "Alpo" hash. Also had a good corned beef hash at Cafe Amore in Ogunquit over the summer.

                                        1. re: southie_chick

                                          And, I just saw in a previous post The Wheelhouse Diner in Quincy also has it.

                                      2. I would agree...L Street Diner and Mike's City Diner both have great corned beef hash.

                                        1. The Franklin Southie serves some very nice corned-beef hash at their Sunday brunch. Great eye-openers, too.

                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                          Franklin Southie
                                          152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127