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Feb 12, 2010 07:03 AM

Homemade corned beef hash in NJ

Does anyone have any good recommendations for fresh, homemade corned beef hash in NJ? Every place I've been to in the state seems to serve the canned stuff.

I'd prefer spots in northeastern NJ (Bergen/Hudson/Passaic/Essex/Union), but anywhere in the state is fine if the hash is homemade and really special.

Also, I'm ok with any setting - diners, pubs, casual restaurants, or more upscale establishments.

The only place I know of that *might* serve homemade corned beef hash is Tops Diner in East Newark. Can anyone verify this?

Also, what about Mastoris Diner in Bordentown? I figure that they might be a candidate.

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  1. The only two places I can recall from reading reviews.......

    The Summit Diner in Summit and The OB Diner in Point Pleasant.

    The Original Pancake House also makes their own. They have locations in Fort Lee, Bloomfield and East Hanover.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Two more person's favorite and possibly the New Jersey's most expensive offering

    2. PBS chef Michael Colameco swears by the Summit Diner; I'm not a corned beef guy, but my kids love it.

      1. Hightstown Diner's corned beef hash was featured on Diners DriveIns & Dives or a similar show. We went after seeing the show and I have to agree it was very good. Not sure if it was homemade as it was a year ago. Maybe someone from the area can confirm. Nothing fancy here. Just your basic small town diner.

        1. Thanks for the great tips, guys. I'll definitely add them to my list of places to check out.

          I had no idea that the Summit Diner served homemade corned beef hash. I've been there before but never thought about ordering it. I wouldn't have expected the Original Pancake House to make their own, either; I've heard iffy reviews about that chain so I kind of just dismissed them outright.

          Hightstown Diner sounds really good - right up my alley. Next time I'm travelling between NYC and Philly, I'll have to stop in.

          The $23 hash at Elements in Princeton is pricey, but it sounds like it's worth the splurge.

          I wonder why northeastern NJ doesn't seem to have many spots serving this dish (other than the Summit Diner, Original Pancake House, and possibly Tops Diner)? Seems like virtually every town has its own diner, so you'd figure that more spots would make it properly.

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          1. re: freshfigs

            There are probably more places that make CBHash in house than have been mentioned here thus far. The Tick Tock may actually make it in house as well, but I cannot say for sure....

            While I understand many's apprehension with Chain Restaurants in principle, the one's that offer breakfast are generally pretty good and better than many independent diners from my experience. Traveling up and down the East Coast, I've been to more than dozen different operations and with specifications set on a corporate level, standards must be kept. I've never received bad food for breakfast, even at Denny's or Wags in the Southeast, but I have received many poor quality breakfast plates here in Northern New Jersey from independent diners....broken egg yolks, bad home fries and burnt toast. Using specifications as an example, You may find whipped butter pats/plastic portions, in a chain, but you will never find margarine accompanying your toast or pancakes,

            With regards to The Original Pancake House, I have eaten at both the Bloomfield and East Hanover locations and I can tell you they are both solid places for breakfast. I do not know what you have heard or read, but the whole concept of the place is quality ingredients with proprietary recipes. All of their breakfast meats are either made in house or cured specifically for them. I believe The Cracker Barrel also makes all their breakfast items in the same manner as well,.....from their sausage, biscuits and Chicken Fried their Potato & Cheese Hash Brown casserole.

            1. re: fourunder

              The Tick Tock Diner makes their CBH by opening a can. Went there recently and my brother's omelet was dry as a bone. This has to be one of the most overrated diners in NJ.

              I second the vote for Original Pancake House, their CBH is very good.

              Tick Tock Diner
              281 Allwood Rd, Clifton, NJ 07012

              1. re: wblorch

                Agree with you on both points wblorch. The tick tock is an average jersey diner, at best. we went after guy fieri stopped there on one of his shows and were not wowed in the least. The original pancake house (can only speak for fort lee) is fantastic.

            2. re: freshfigs

              After seeing this pic, I now remember why we liked the hash at Hightstown Diner. Perfection on a plate! : )


            3. What about some of the real-deal Jewish delis, like Eppes Essen or Livingston Bagel (both in Livingston)?