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Any recommended Corned Beef Hash?

inlikeflt Jun 14, 2010 02:40 PM

My mom used to make some pretty basic corned beef hash for lunch on the weekends when I was growing up. I've found some decent corned beef hash at Andy's Coffee Shop in Pasadena. It was good, tasty corned beef and well-cooked (read lots of crispy bits) potatoes, but it was nothing special. Anyone know of a place in or near the SGV that might have some corned beef hash that is a step up?

Andy's Coffee Shop
1234 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

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    Bradbury Feb 9, 2014 04:02 PM

    Attention roadtrippers:

    If you're heading to SF/Sacto/etc... sorry, but the CBH at Harris Ranch (off I-5 in Coalinga) has gotten progressively worse - though pricier - on each of my last three visits. Will avoid now.

    If you're heading to Vegas/Flagstaff/etc.... you're in luck, the CBH at Molly's Country Kitchen (just off I-15 in Victorville) is amazing. Proper browning/bite to both the meat and potatoes from the pan, and nicely seasoned with a subtle parsley kick. Definitely worth a try if you're headed that direction.

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      ns1 Apr 15, 2013 06:00 PM

      EAT in NoHo has my current favorite CBH.

      The corned beef itself is probably canned but IDGAF because they do it right and make it crazy crispy. Great potatoes (or zucchini shreds) and perfectly poached eggs to boot.

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      1. re: ns1
        kevin Apr 15, 2013 06:03 PM

        Some of us here do really love the canned version and even prefer it the freshly prepared creation.

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        magiccat Oct 8, 2012 12:05 PM

        I was going to suggest that the canned CBH lovers should get together in a show of solidarity (I was going to suggest the S&W Diner), but it occurred to me that the restaurant might run out of CBH. Hard being a fan of the can.

        1. PaulF Oct 5, 2012 02:03 PM

          I'll save anyone else the trouble of ordering the CBH in Mary and Robb's on Westwood.

          You all probably know that MR is a very solid, popular coffee shop on Westwood Boulevard. It's full of senior citizens and folks from the nearby office building. It's been around forever.

          The CBH was okay, but a little dry. The poached eggs were overdone, I think because they say under a heat lamp. (This sort of bugged me. My wife had a salad and I had the CBH and my plate was hot and the food a bit dry, the eggs over done. I'm guessing my food just sat there until they brought it out and it took forever). The potatoes were okay, but hash browns are much better than home fries when eating CBH.

          All in all, MR is a good place to grab a burger, salad or sandwich -- but the CBH is not worth the trip.

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          1. re: PaulF
            kevin Oct 7, 2012 03:08 PM

            It's a little pricey, but Mary and Robb's is quite solid, though I'm surprised that I have never tried it before. And it's been there for years.

            Their chili cheese omlette topped with sour cream is not too shabby. The only problem is their prices seem to be a few dollars too expensive, but then again it's Westwood Blvd.

          2. orythedog Sep 26, 2012 11:03 AM

            I had a very updated version of Corn Beef Hash at Eveliegh for brunch. They call the dish 'bubble and squeak". Direct from their menu:

            corned beef, spinach & fingerling potato hash, scotch egg $14

            8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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            1. re: orythedog
              kevin Sep 26, 2012 12:47 PM

              is their any pork in this one ?

              And how was this updated version ? you didn't happen to mention if it was good or not in your opinion ? thanks.

              1. re: kevin
                orythedog Oct 1, 2012 10:37 AM

                Yes, it was REALLY good! The spices were awesome and it was a big portion. Plus, this is a beautiful place and very relaxing. Skip the $6 valet and park on the street. Not sure what you mean by pork? It is all shredded corn beef mixed with the other ingredients.

                1. re: orythedog
                  kevin Oct 1, 2012 10:54 AM

                  i thought sctoch eggs have pork or sausage bits in them? no ???


                  1. re: kevin
                    wienermobile Oct 1, 2012 11:00 AM

                    A traditional Scotch egg consists of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.

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                      SIMIHOUND Oct 1, 2012 04:32 PM

                      I go to Country Deli almost every weekend specifically for the CBH, very crisp home fries, fresh bagels and coffee. This is my favorite breakfast. It is also on the special menu daily.

                      Country Deli
                      9901 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
                      (818) 709-5612

                      1. re: SIMIHOUND
                        Servorg Oct 2, 2012 01:11 PM


                    2. re: kevin
                      orythedog Oct 2, 2012 01:07 PM

                      Now I understand your question. No, the "Scotch Eggs" are merely poached eggs encased in deep fried breadcrumbs, the yolk still loose."

                      1. re: orythedog
                        PaulF Oct 2, 2012 03:06 PM


                        I don't really eat them much, but when I have had them they were hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage. That's how they do it at Cat and Fiddle.

                        I'd like to try the loose kind.

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                JosephEBacon Sep 5, 2012 07:04 PM

                When it comes to Corned Beef Hash, I like Langer's because they make it fresh when you order. Goes great with scrambled eggs and hash browns!

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                  magiccat Aug 18, 2012 01:20 AM

                  I can't help with the SGV, and someone already mentioned the S&W Diner in Culver City, but what they didn't make clear is that S&W has two kinds of CBH on its menu: homemade and canned. I once sat at the counter, ordered the canned CBH extra well with over mediums and a side of pancakes (it also comes with a choice of myriad side dishes), and within 5 minutes someone sat next to me at the counter and ordered the identical meal, except with the homemade CBH. Each to his own. The canned CBH meal, well done, is salty and fabulous.

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                  1. re: magiccat
                    Jelly71 Sep 6, 2012 09:36 AM

                    I feel like such a bad Chowhound, because I prefer the canned to the "real thing." It's what I grew up on and it is a comfort food to me. Millie's (the chain) serves the canned CBH and it's a treat for me.

                    1. re: Jelly71
                      PaulF Sep 6, 2012 10:58 AM

                      S & W Diner in Culver City serves both homemade and canned and I do sometimes order the canned.

                      1. re: PaulF
                        kevin Sep 6, 2012 10:59 AM

                        yeah, that's alaways interesting.

                        i'm a proponent of the canned version. but if the homemade version is actually really good and tasty i can go for that too.

                        1. re: kevin
                          nosh Sep 6, 2012 08:56 PM

                          Boy, I thought I was the only hound who was endangering my cred by ordering the canned at S & W. I like my cbh very crispy, and the canned crisps better.

                          1. re: nosh
                            magiccat Sep 20, 2012 07:13 PM

                            I can't stop thinking about the extra-crispy canned for days after I eat it. The uninitiated just don't understand. (And it helps if you don't have high blood pressure going in.)

                      2. re: Jelly71
                        BDMTHRFKR Sep 24, 2012 11:23 AM

                        I do too! But when I make it at home I can't help but think I'm about to eat dog food...

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                      eugem Aug 15, 2012 09:37 AM

                      CANTERS on La Brea. It's the only corned beef hash I eat.

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                      1. re: eugem
                        Servorg Aug 15, 2012 09:56 AM

                        Another Canter's on La Brea? Or did they finally move off of Fairfax (where they've been since the origin of the Universe)? Or is it just a simple geographic goof? My bet is on the last one... ;-D>

                        1. re: Servorg
                          eugem Aug 15, 2012 10:21 AM

                          Big surprise! I suck at directions and streets.

                          1. re: Servorg
                            kevin Aug 15, 2012 10:54 AM

                            i'm pretty sure he or she meant fairfax.

                            if i was in the area though, i'd just much rather go to Magee's for the corned beef plate or sandwich it is to corned beef what langer's is to pastrami.

                            also, i've never been satisfied with canter's food in my numerous visits there, it's just not that good. maybe since it's open 24/7 and pretty convenient is it's saving graces.

                            1. re: kevin
                              Servorg Aug 15, 2012 10:56 AM

                              And just down the street, and also open 24/7, for credible breakfasts including corned beef hash and pancakes (although John O'Groats pancakes are better), is Du-par's at the 3rd Street (permanent) Farmer's Market.

                              1. re: Servorg
                                kevin Aug 15, 2012 11:06 AM

                                i wasn't a fan at all of the pancakes at john o groats which i just tried recently again after a few posts. the whipped cream on the side was good though. just way too heavy and not feathery light. but perhaps i have very unique tastes in pancakes.

                              2. re: kevin
                                Servorg Aug 15, 2012 10:58 AM

                                And another pretty darn good breakfast of CBH and eggs was had the other morning at Factor's Deli on Pico Blvd.).

                                1. re: Servorg
                                  PaulF Aug 15, 2012 01:40 PM

                                  How close are we all from collaborating on a CBH blog?

                          2. Hughlipton Jun 19, 2012 07:39 AM

                            If you want great weekend corned beef hash, a great venue and a selection of champagnes to wash it down with, I suggest you go to the Pacific Dining Car on 6th St. Ask for the old dining room. This is not only breakfast or brunch it is an historic experience. I love the quiet on an early Sunday morning. Treat yourself to this experience.

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                            1. re: Hughlipton
                              kevin Jun 19, 2012 10:25 AM

                              hugh, please correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought they only had roast beef or brisket hash at CBD ?

                              1. re: Hughlipton
                                kevin Jun 19, 2012 10:26 AM

                                But I loved going there once at 3am and had a civilized breakfast. Truly hit the proverbial spot.

                                1. re: kevin
                                  Hughlipton Jun 19, 2012 10:55 AM

                                  Kevin, you are correct. It is a roast beef hash. Thanks for the correction. I too like the truly civilized breakfast when the pocket book can stand the dent.

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                                ns1 Jun 18, 2012 01:49 PM

                                Langers, #19 + fries well (if you're there after 11) and a side of corned beef hash = heaven.

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                                1. re: ns1
                                  kevin Jun 18, 2012 02:22 PM

                                  that's the sandwich they were giving out free on fri and sat last wknd if you cared to stand on line.

                                  wow, but the sandwich, and fries and cbh would be quite a lot of food even for me.

                                  1. re: kevin
                                    ns1 Jun 18, 2012 02:33 PM

                                    I don't care to stand in line, but my friend managed to snag one in 20 minutes by getting there at 9am on Friday.

                                    I usually split that meal + a cream soda with my GF.

                                2. PaulF Jun 18, 2012 01:07 PM

                                  I'd like to second the recommendation for the corned beef hash at Nat's Early Bite on Burbank.

                                  I took my son to breakfast there on Saturday. He loves corned beef hash and that's what he ordered, along with fruit and eggs over medium. He loved it and I tasted his breakfast and thought it was very good, too. Nat's CBH leans a little towards the meat in the meat/potato ratio -- lots of meat, very little potato. It's a milder corned beef, but that's the way I prefer it. My only criticism is that I'd prefer it be a bit more crispy/well done, but that would easily be remedied if I ordered it.

                                  As it happens, I had the spicy turkey sausage patty and eggs. Nat's does lots of specialty sausages, but the STSP is the one they make on the premises. Excellent and very crispy. Had mine with eggs over easy and crispy hashed browns.

                                  One of the other benefits of heading to Nat's is that they bake their own muffins and they're really good. They have the standard types and some specialty versions. They also let you have a muffin instead of toast with your breakfast (no extra charge). The son had a banana nut muffin with his breakfast and we brought home a raisin bran and a "Howie" which is banana, strawberry and blueberry.

                                  I'm not sure what kind of play Nat's gets here. I live no where nearby, but have to eat there whenever I'm in the Valley for breakfast or lunch. It's almost always packed, though the tables turn over really fast. They have great sandwiches for lunch -- really a favorite coffee shop/diner type spot. Probably should have it's own thread at some point ...

                                  They also have a location on Topanga, I've never been.

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                                  1. re: PaulF
                                    Servorg Jun 18, 2012 01:29 PM

                                    Love Nat's but never had the CBH there before. Now I'll have to give it a whirl the next visit. I did try the CBH at John O'Groats a couple of weeks ago when I veered off of my normal "2 pancakes 2 eggs and 2 strips of bacon" and, while it was good it didn't come close to the version at Pann's (mostly because the corned beef wasn't as good and the cb and the potatoes were not "melded" together like a Vulcan mind joining - the way I like it).

                                    1. re: Servorg
                                      kevin Jun 18, 2012 01:49 PM

                                      Melded together would almost, not quite, but sorta veering toward canned corned beef hash, correct?

                                      1. re: kevin
                                        Servorg Jun 18, 2012 02:13 PM

                                        Not exactly. The component parts are (hopefully) made from scratch and not trucked in from Sysco, but I like when the cook kind of mushes it together and then slaps it on the grill to get some of those nice crispy charred bits on the exterior...

                                      2. re: Servorg
                                        PaulF Jun 18, 2012 02:17 PM

                                        For those who don't know Nat's, I should have provided a link.


                                        1. re: PaulF
                                          kevin Jun 18, 2012 02:21 PM

                                          Damn, I'll hit it up next time I'm in Burbank. anyone know a quick way there from burbank?


                                          1. re: kevin
                                            PaulF Jun 18, 2012 03:33 PM

                                            It's not really that close to the city of Burbank, though I guess that depends on what "that close" means.

                                            It's on the corner of Hazeltine and Burbank. I'd come west on the freeway and get off around Van Nuys and then head north to Burbank. But there might be a better way.

                                            It gets crowded, but there is an awesome vintage toy store next door you can look around in while waiting. The line moves fast.

                                            1. re: PaulF
                                              Servorg Jun 18, 2012 04:38 PM

                                              I enjoy (at least I used to but I don't know what the new commuter rail/bus lines have done to it) commuting via car on Chandler.

                                      3. re: PaulF
                                        ozhead Jun 18, 2012 06:23 PM

                                        Both stores serve essentially the same menu. I think the morning cook(s) at the Topanga location do a slightly better job with eggs, but it's close. I am always drawn to the "early bird" breakfast -- served from opening at 6 until 11 -- which is 2 eggs, hash browns or home fries (both terrific), 2 strips of bacon, toast or muffin (or best of all, a house-made cinnamon roll), and quite good coffee, for $7.25. I always order a little bowl of country gravy -- i.e., cream gravy with sausage -- which comes sometimes without charge, sometimes an extra dollar, depending on who the waiter is. Don't fail to check out their salsa, which is excellent. They also serve house-made jams (strawberry and I believe apricot or apricot-pineapple), which are also excellent, though superfluous if you order a cinnamon roll. All in all, I think it's the best breakfast place in the west SFV.

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                                        Jelly71 Jun 23, 2010 03:15 PM

                                        i had the CBH at Brent's this week. it was ok, but i didn't love it. it was a little bit dry and there was very little potato in it.

                                        i guess this means i will have to stick to ordering the Black Pastrami Ruben there. oh, the horror!

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                                          annapurna7 Jun 23, 2010 03:05 PM

                                          I like the CBH at the Omelette and Waffle Shop in San Pedro.

                                          1. mrshankly Jun 23, 2010 01:24 PM

                                            While not a restaurant, Trader Joe's sells a roast beef hash that is lean and tasty. I usually cook it up to get my fix if I can't get to good corned beef hash.

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                                            1. re: mrshankly
                                              Will Owen Aug 4, 2011 08:39 PM

                                              The TJ's roast beef hash appears to have … disappeared. Damn, I hate when that happens!

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                                                mrshankly Aug 8, 2011 02:57 AM

                                                (GASP!!!) Oh no!! I hope they bring it back:(

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                                              degustateur Jun 18, 2010 01:04 AM

                                              Corned beef hash – one of my all time breakfast favorites. It’s hard for me to pass it up when I see it on a menu. In the LA area, Canter’s serves up a wonderful version, made from their excellent corned beef. Huge portion, somewhat lean and very tasty. Slap on a bit of their Beaver brand hot mustard and let your eyes roll back. (One day, I’ve gotta try Langer’s version. Greatness is expected.)

                                              Canter’s Delicatessen
                                              419 N Fairfax Ave
                                              Los Angeles, CA 90036
                                              (323) 651-2030

                                              Some of the best corn beef hash I’ve ever had can be found at the Jagerhaus in Anaheim. They make it in-house using a nearly 40 year-old recipe. Hey, why change perfection? All they really need to do is serve a larger portion. I always get an extra order a la carte to get my fill. (~_^)

                                              2525 E. Ball Road
                                              Anaheim, CA 92806
                                              (714) 520-9500

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                                              1. re: degustateur
                                                Servorg Jun 18, 2010 06:44 AM

                                                "Slap on a bit of their Beaver brand hot mustard and let your eyes roll back."

                                                My eyes are rolling back right now! ;-D> I don't know why that strikes such an off note to me. I like mustard on my corned beef sandwiches. But when I have CBH I normally add some Tapatio (if available - and if not some Tabasco) and some ketchup. Maybe I'll give that idea a taste test one of these days.

                                                1. re: degustateur
                                                  rednyellow Jun 18, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                  The one time I tried the CBH at Canters, I was totally disappointed. I love their ruben and corned beef and figured the hash wold be great. What I was served could best be described as paste. it was truly the worst CBH I have ever had, far worse than anything from a can.

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                                                  Bradbury Jun 15, 2010 03:40 PM

                                                  The best, hands down, is at Harris Ranch (perfect for those mornings when you blast over the Grapevine before dawn to beat the Central Valley heat before a late lunch at Zachary's or Cheese Board...) but alas, it's a couple counties north of the official area for this board.

                                                  Second best is Nick's Cafe in Elysian Park.

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                                                  1. re: Bradbury
                                                    Mr Taster Jun 18, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                    Nick's hash is spectacular. Spicy, peppery and cumin-y. Great stuff.


                                                    Mr Taster

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                                                      kevin Jun 18, 2012 04:26 PM

                                                      sweet, thanks for posting the location, i had no clue that area was elysian park, i sure thought it was downtown LA. maybe a mile away from phillipe's as alameda starts to curve.

                                                      1. re: kevin
                                                        Mr Taster Jun 18, 2012 04:43 PM

                                                        I should clarify that by "peppery" I mean black pepper, and LOTS of it.

                                                        Mr Taster

                                                        1. re: Mr Taster
                                                          kevin Jun 18, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                          i'll hit it up. it's the old joint with the U-shaped counter that used to be owned by retired LAPD detectives, right?

                                                          but if so, they also changed ownership, in the past couple years.

                                                          have you tried it at least in the past year or so???


                                                          1. re: kevin
                                                            happybaker Jun 18, 2012 06:36 PM

                                                            I was there not this past weekend, but the one before. And I had been there with the previous owners. My take? Still awesome.

                                                            I didn't have the hash, but the ham is still great, the home fries tasty and their homemade salsa still makes me want to eat it with a spoon.

                                                            If you go on the weekend's the coffee is fresh and free - can't beat that!

                                                            1. re: happybaker
                                                              Mr Taster Jun 19, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                              The coffee is free on weekends, and worth every penny you pay for it...

                                                              Mr Taster

                                                              1. re: Mr Taster
                                                                happybaker Jun 19, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                                Ah sir, I have paid far more, for far worse coffee, in fancier places.

                                                                Still a good deal to me.

                                                            2. re: kevin
                                                              Mr Taster Jun 19, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                              That's it. I was there a few months ago.

                                                              Mr Taster

                                                        2. re: Mr Taster
                                                          ipsedixit Jun 19, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                          Totally agree about Nick's. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727833

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit
                                                            happybaker Jun 19, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                            Ipsedixit -

                                                            Thrilled to see your write up on the hash browns! My husband got them with his meal, gave me one bite - and then guarded his plate for the rest of our bfast! : )

                                                            I could not believe how light and crisp they were. And not oily at all!

                                                          2. re: Mr Taster
                                                            PaulF Jun 23, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                            Just tried it, concur.

                                                            (FYI - Nick's is cash only. I had to blow 2.75 on the ATM)

                                                            Had mine with sunny side up eggs and way too many hash browns to finish. Great hash browns, just too many.

                                                            But really excellent CBH.

                                                            1. re: PaulF
                                                              kevin Jun 24, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                              i hate that, i usally pay 2.50 for the atm, and then the same that my bank charges me to allow for the transaction.

                                                              PaulF, this is reference to Nick's in downtown LA, correct, right?


                                                              Btw, what did you say again was good to order at Ronnie's on Culver Dr?

                                                              Thanks again. I'm having a brain lapse right about now.

                                                              1. re: kevin
                                                                Servorg Jun 24, 2012 12:38 PM

                                                                "Btw, what did you say again was good to order at Ronnie's on Culver Dr?"

                                                                Double cheeseburger with potato chips...

                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                  PaulF Jun 24, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                                  That's correct, Nick's. My first time there, which surprises me a bit.

                                                                  Ronnie's is our "go to" spot for a lot of meals. Servorg is right, their homemade chips are really good. He's right about the burgers, too, including the turkey burger.

                                                                  But they have really tasty breakfasts -- any of their scrambles or omelets may be turned into a break fast burrito, which they always make into two breakfast burritos.

                                                                  I like the turkey chili a lot. My wife likes the taco salad.

                                                                  Really, it's whatever you're in the mood for diner food, make less greasy and a little more carefully than a lot of diners. I've probably eaten everything on the menu.

                                                                  1. re: PaulF
                                                                    Servorg Jun 24, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                    We probably go to Ronnie's on average at least once every other week (and probably more than that since it seems lately to be once a week). We get the double cheeseburger combo (burger, fries or chips and a drink) about 90% of the time. If I don't get the combo to save a little bit of money I usually still get the double cheeseburger but get a shake with it. It's very much an "old fashioned" burger that really hits all my pleasure spots...

                                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                                      PaulF Jun 24, 2012 02:09 PM

                                                                      Here is a tip for you:

                                                                      Brother's Burritos in Hermosa Beach is also owned by Ronnie. I haven't been down yet ... maybe next weekend. But I just found that out.

                                                                      Like Ronnie's it's a slightly healthier take on comfort food.

                                                                      Like I said we go to Ronnie's a lot. (I once did a post on "what restaurant to you go to most often -- as opposed to your favorite restaurant -- and Ronnie's was mine.) We can walk it -- it's just our neighborhood coffee shop.

                                                                      Totally unrelated to this thread, we'll eat in Asa-ya (same parking lot) every blue moon and have been to Vinnie's Pizza in that lot, too. It's not great but they do a grinder with meatball, sausage and pepperoni that is alright. I even drink in that little sports pub.


                                                                      1. re: Servorg
                                                                        kevin Jun 25, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                                        we are talking about the same ronnie's right in culver blvd mini-mall that used to house a pretty darn good italian restaurant a few years back, on the playa del rey/marina del rey border, right?

                                                                        1. re: kevin
                                                                          Servorg Jun 25, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                                          Yes, that's the one. That little mini mall is sort of a "lonely" outpost before you head over Lincoln on the Culver overpass and into the wilds of the Ballona wetlands and the Tripel in PDR. And the (now closed) Italian place was Fioretto's (now Vinny's Pizza).

                                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                                            kevin Jun 25, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                            Now we're talking...


                                                                            Sure sounds like some good menu hits, the good ol' honest to goodness coffee shop vein.

                                                                            1. re: kevin
                                                                              PaulF Jun 25, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                                              The only drag is that they took out the counter.

                                                                              1. re: PaulF
                                                                                kevin Jun 25, 2012 06:56 PM

                                                                                no counter, at least if they got those naugahyde booths with the formica counters i'll still be good to go. so i can linger over the paper too.

                                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                                  Servorg Jun 25, 2012 07:01 PM

                                                                                  Given the size of the booths you gotta figure a lot of Nauga's died for the hydes it took to make those babies...

                                                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                                                    kevin Jun 25, 2012 07:13 PM


                                                                                    I think you are having too much fun, here.

                                                                                    Try to keep it chow-ish buddy.

                                                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                                                      Servorg Jun 25, 2012 08:31 PM

                                                                                      Hey, size matters...whether you're talking booths or boo...er....never mind (g)

                                                                                      1. re: Servorg
                                                                                        PaulF Jun 26, 2012 08:03 AM

                                                                                        Let's just agree it's a really big cheeseburger ...

                                                                    2. re: kevin
                                                                      PaulF Jul 14, 2012 01:25 PM

                                                                      Okay, there is another Nick's and this one is on Pico just a bit west of La Cienega on the south side of the street.

                                                                      I just had their corned beef hash and I liked it better than the CBH at Nick's down in Elysian Park. There is no relation, I asked.

                                                                      This is the Nick's I've driven past a million times but for whatever reason never stopped in. This was a mistake on my part, a big mistake.

                                                                      I had the CBH with eggs poached. The corned beef was was mild -- it tasted just like I think corned beef is supposed to taste, with a really nice amount of char. The portion size was just right, perfect amount for two eggs. For what it's worth, the hashed browns on the side were plentiful and perfect, can't recall better hashed browns. The decaf was good and the service friendly and excellent. We went at 9 am on Saturday and grabbed a table for two, but it was plenty crowded on the tables and at the counter.

                                                                      My wife had the chorizo and eggs scrambled and loved it. She tried my CBH and actually said "Better than Pann's" and she loves Pann's CBH. I prefer not to do the "best" or "better" thing -- everyone is going to have their own favorites and preference. But it was damn good CBH.

                                                                      20 bucks plus tip for two breakfasts and two coffees. The menu is extensive. I definitely want to try the turkey sausages with eggs, the chicken mole with eggs (just sounds good to me) and the pancakes I saw on someone else's table.

                                                                      Breakfast and lunch only.

                                                                      1. re: PaulF
                                                                        Servorg Jul 14, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                        I'll give it a try. I went to the other Nick's (the cafe on Spring Street) down past Union Station to try their CBH the other day. I was fairly disappointed based on Pann's. Plenty of food, no doubt. But the hash itself wasn't anything I'd rush back for and even the vaunted hash browns were just too oil soaked for my taste buds. I'll give this other Nick's a try and see how it stacks up. Thanks for posting. I just wish this Pico Blvd. Nick's opened earlier than 7:30 AM.

                                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                                          Dommy Jul 14, 2012 09:30 PM

                                                                          Totally agree with the post above... had the hash, could barely finish it with how overly salted it was... meh.

                                                                          However, P. had the Eggs Benedict with their house ham. That was absolutely delicious! Skip the hash, go for the Ham... So if in downtown on a Sunday (On Saturday we'd probably go to Homegirl for Migas), I can see how Nicks can hit the spot...


                                                                        2. re: PaulF
                                                                          happybaker Jul 14, 2012 02:40 PM

                                                                          I love and miss that Nick's! We used to live right by there and every weekend we'd walk the few blocks, grab a booth and settle in for some good food.

                                                                          When you ordered pancakes you'd get a "set-up" which was a pitcher of maple syrup, and a pat of butter over hot water (so it would soften and not tear your pancakes.)

                                                                          Great place and I am happy to hear that it is still good!

                                                                          1. re: PaulF
                                                                            Servorg Jul 29, 2012 08:42 AM

                                                                            Paul, I want to thank you for the recommendation on the Nick's on Pico just barely west of La Cienega for their CBH. Went this morning and it now ranks second to Pann's (and it ranks first in overall portion size). Meaty, spiced very well with plenty of small cubed potatoes. A couple of other pluses (well actually 3 other pluses). The poached eggs were perfect. Nicely soft yolks with cooked through (not runny at all) whites.

                                                                            The second big plus - top notch hash browns (the best I've had in some time).
                                                                            Crispy on top, yet softer and "potatoey" underneath. Finally they have a nice line up of hot sauces on the table. No having to ask. Cholula, two types of tabasco and Pico hot sauce, and the guy who takes the orders (Nick?) brought a small cup of salsa when he delivered the food.

                                                                            Comfortable booths and a friendly, welcoming vibe for even a first timer like me. I'll definitely be back. Look out O'Groats, you've got competition for my breakfast dollar.

                                                                            With coffee it was right around $11.50 (can't recall the exact cost) plus tip.

                                                                            1. re: Servorg
                                                                              PaulF Jul 29, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                                              Glad you liked it, S.

                                                                              The guy who served you isn't Nick. If it was the red-headed dude, he's the son of the owner. I don't remember his name, thought it might be Clint. In any case, his dad isn't Nick either -- they inherited the sign and the name from the original owner when they bought the place.

                                                                              Funny story: They tell me they get to go order calls from people who are looking for the Nick's down by Dodgers Stadium and they also get people coming in asking for their to go order who called the other Nick's.

                                                                              Totally agree with you on the potatoes. Excellent. I get the eggs poached as well. As for the Pann's vs Nick's thing, I'm less prone to try to name a favorite. Both are really good. One point in Nick's favor is they have it every day.

                                                                              The only bad thing about the CBH is that it gets in the way of trying the rest of the menu -- the lunch items look pretty good, too.

                                                                              1. re: PaulF
                                                                                kevin Jul 29, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                                and nick's, the one, on pico does have a beyond huge menu.

                                                                                it would take an entire year to get through all the dishes.

                                                                                i have to say though that the patty melt at pann's kills, beyond kills, the patty melt at nick's, since i've tried both. though i haven't tried the CBH at nick's yet, so the jury is still out on that one.

                                                                              2. re: Servorg
                                                                                kevin Jul 29, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                                                i'll have to hit it up again, but for some reason, it didn't amaze me.

                                                                                i go to pann's for most of my breakfast fixes now.

                                                                                i do have to say that i kinda like ronni's now. though i have to remember to tell them to leave off the mayo on the burger combo, they seem to drown it in that shit.

                                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                                  PaulF Jul 29, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                  The only drag about Ronnie's is that they don't do breakfast all day.

                                                                                  I think they have steak and eggs at night, but that's it as far as huevos.

                                                                                  1. re: PaulF
                                                                                    Servorg Jul 29, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                                    I thought they did some sort of egg sandwich at night too?

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                                                      PaulF Jul 29, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                      Maybe, can't remember.

                                                                                      But it's not the full breakfast menu like most diners.

                                                                                      1. re: PaulF
                                                                                        kevin Jul 29, 2012 08:20 PM

                                                                                        i think it's just that one page dinner menu at night, i believe, right ???

                                                                                        though i haven't been there for dinner yet, either.

                                                                                        do they serve the burger combos at dinner, or is that merely a lunch deal ? And they are pretty strict on those combos, no substiutions, something they said having to do with having the taxation included, etc.

                                                                                        you can leave stuff off i guess, but you can't add like turkey chili for instance. and i do like the turkey chili here, though it would be tastier if they left out the ears of corn. i'm a no corn in my chili man.

                                                                                        1. re: kevin
                                                                                          Servorg Jul 29, 2012 08:37 PM

                                                                                          The night time menu is two full densely packed pages and includes all the burgers (specials that include a drink and a side), sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, burritos and the dinner specials on the back of page 2.

                                                                                          1. re: kevin
                                                                                            PaulF Jul 30, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                            They definitely do make a chili burger using the turkey chili. I get it with the turkey patty.

                                                                                            1. re: PaulF
                                                                                              kevin Jul 30, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                              i know it's just that they won't make a substitution to add it to the burger combo.

                                                                                              like you can't have the combo plus say have the add on price for the turkey chili added to it.

                                                                                              anyhow, it is a pretty darn good turkey chili.

                                                                                              btw, if you have not already tried the pann's patty melt, try it at your earliest convenience.

                                                                                              1. re: kevin
                                                                                                PaulF Jul 30, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                                I actually have tried PPM -- but I tried it without the cheese and I don't think I got the full effect. It was fine, but w/o the cheese it's not really a melt. (I order everything without cheese -- including pizza -- just my thing.)

                                                                                                I now understand what you are saying about the combo at RD. And, yes, it is really good turkey chili.

                                                                                                1. re: PaulF
                                                                                                  kevin Jul 30, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                                  oh, i c

                                                                                                  yeah, without the cheese, yeah, it wouldn't really be a patty melt. you need the juicy burger working with the cheese working with griddled onions as an ultimately delicious triumpharate.

                                                                                2. re: PaulF
                                                                                  vittus Feb 9, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                  CBH lovers just be forewarned...the hash at Nicks on Pico in WEst LA is canned not homemade. After reading these convincing posts I went over and ordered it without asking if it was canned first, which I usually do. They were kind of enough not to charge me for the hash even though it was my bad for not asking before I ordered.
                                                                                  Most of the Jewish delis in town have decent corned beef hash with real corned beef.

                                                                        3. CynGriff Jun 15, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                          Though I don't eat beef, so I'm not personally an expert, my husband & niece order CBH everywhere we go and both feel that the CBH at John O'Groats is tops...big chunks of well flavored corned beef, onions, and good potatoes...

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

                                                                          1. maxzook Jun 15, 2010 11:04 AM

                                                                            Forgot to add that my favorite housemade CBH is Ned's on Magnolia in North Hollywood (fka Eat).

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

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                                                                                inlikeflt Jun 15, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                Beyond just places that do a good version of the classic corned hash, I was hoping to find some corned beef hash that went outside the box. Pulled-pork hash, while tempting, wasn't really what I had in mind, since, by definition, it doesn't have corned beef. Not to mention the fact that I don't really believe anyone in LA has any idea how make a good pulled pork (Gus's and Oinkster included)

                                                                                2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                                                                                1. re: inlikeflt
                                                                                  monku Jun 15, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                  Don't consider Gus' or Oinster places I'd ever go for pulled pork.

                                                                                  You want pulled pork check out Big Mista's, Bludso's or JB's in Gardena...they know all about pulled pork.

                                                                                  1. re: inlikeflt
                                                                                    Servorg Jun 15, 2010 11:31 AM

                                                                                    Whether you think some place has achieved CBH outside the box or not is going to be in your "mouth" as it were. A couple of other places that you should try it that I think are excellent are Langer's and Nat's Early Bite.

                                                                                    Langer's Delicatessen
                                                                                    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                                    Nat's Early Bite
                                                                                    14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg
                                                                                      js76wisco Jun 15, 2010 12:03 PM

                                                                                      Langers has the best corned beef hash. It's the only non pastrami item I'd ever think of ordering. Usually split the corned beef hash and a pastrami sandwich with my wife who only nibbles on both. So I usually end up with 3/4 of both. It's a great way to get the best of both worlds.

                                                                                      1. re: Servorg
                                                                                        ozhead Jun 18, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                                        Second Nat's -- both the one in Sherman Oaks and Nat's West (on Topanga Cyn Blvd. one block north of Roscoe).

                                                                                        1. re: ozhead
                                                                                          Servorg Jun 18, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                          I've liked Nat's quite a lot for breakfast the couple of times I've been there, but when I was recommending it here I hadn't had their CBH (and still have not yet had it). I just figured their quality for the other things I tried there was a good precursor to their CBH being worth the calories and the cost.

                                                                                      2. re: inlikeflt
                                                                                        wienermobile Jun 15, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                                                        Huckleberry has a good duck hash on the weekends.

                                                                                        Huckleberry Cafe
                                                                                        1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile
                                                                                          kevin Jun 25, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                                                          tell me more about that duch hash, i always see it on the menu there for brunch on the weekends and it's expensive like 14.50 or so, but i'm always grabbing pastries to go since it's such a madhouse.

                                                                                          actually dropped by today for some of the supposedly famous fried Jidori chicken but the line was too long, and once again 15 bucks for a couple of pieces of fried chicken kinda deterred me too. anyone tried their fried chicken ? is it really that amazing?

                                                                                      3. wienermobile Jun 15, 2010 09:36 AM

                                                                                        If we are opening this up to all of LA Brent's Deli in Northridge has my favorite. Crispy and brown on the outside and moist and tender in the middle with almost no potatoes.

                                                                                        Brent's Deli
                                                                                        19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

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                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile
                                                                                          monku Jun 15, 2010 09:40 AM

                                                                                          Agree on Brent's.

                                                                                          Also Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro.

                                                                                          Gaffey Street Diner
                                                                                          247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                                                                          1. re: monku
                                                                                            mrshankly Jun 15, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                                            I third Brent's.

                                                                                        2. monku Jun 15, 2010 09:12 AM

                                                                                          Since others have rec'd places outside the SGV check out Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach.

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                                                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                                                            monku Jun 15, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                            I don't care what anyone says...the canned stuff is great in a pinch.

                                                                                            1. re: monku
                                                                                              inlikeflt Jun 15, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                                              I agree

                                                                                              1. re: monku
                                                                                                Jelly71 Jun 15, 2010 10:03 AM

                                                                                                i love the canned stuff. my granny used to make these fried tacos with that as the filling. they were awesome.

                                                                                                and now it comes in a single serving pouch. i get those at the 99cent store. it's great because it keeps me from eating most of the can.

                                                                                                1. re: monku
                                                                                                  Will Owen Jun 15, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                  Canned CB hash is kinda like canned chili: frequently as much better in flavor as it is in convenience. The canning process is simply a very good cooking method for some foods.

                                                                                                  That said, a carefully made-from-scratch hash is gonna be a lot more interesting, with its coarser texture and its contrast between the crunchy and tender bits of meat. S&W's disappoints me because it's not beefy enough, and what are those carrot shreds doing in there? So I'm following this topic with great interest...

                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen
                                                                                                    monku Jun 15, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                                                                    Nothing more comforting than some crispy fried Libby's canned CBH and poached eggs for me.

                                                                                                    1. re: monku
                                                                                                      LA Buckeye Fan Jun 17, 2010 08:11 PM

                                                                                                      I like Mary's Kitchen brand...complete with it's little squarelets of potatoes. For homemade hash, I prefer the red flannel (with beets added) or a nice salmon hash.MMMM hash.

                                                                                                      Mary's Kitchen
                                                                                                      517 W Struck Ave, Orange, CA 92867

                                                                                                2. re: monku
                                                                                                  susans Jun 24, 2010 06:47 PM

                                                                                                  My BIL had it at the OPH in Encinitas; said it was very good.

                                                                                                  1. re: monku
                                                                                                    antob Aug 3, 2011 08:34 PM

                                                                                                    Love their flapjacks. The corned beef hash was too salty to eat- twice. They didn't care.

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

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                                                                                                    Low Blood Sugar Jun 15, 2010 02:56 AM

                                                                                                    I think O'Groats has a good homemade hash.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Low Blood Sugar
                                                                                                      trojans Jun 15, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                                                      Nate n Als in Beverly hills has a very good cb hash. Also for home try Trader Joe's Roast beef hash. You will find it in a shelf stable boxed pouch on the grocery isle. It is very good.

                                                                                                      1. re: Low Blood Sugar
                                                                                                        wienermobile Jul 15, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                                                                        John O' Groats hash was really good but their buttery biscuits are some of the best I've had in LA.

                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile
                                                                                                          wienermobile Jul 15, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                                                          Also at John O' Groats is Salmon Hash and Eggs with Fresh salmon filet, diced, sauteed with garlic, red bell peppers, onions and home fries.
                                                                                                          and Vegetarian Hash and Eggs with fresh vegetables, home fries, apples, onion sauteed in extra virgin olive oil. Served with two eggs any style

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                                                                                                        happybaker Jun 14, 2010 09:12 PM

                                                                                                        Jar makes a hash out of their stellar pot roast. Maybe not the salty sweet porky crunchy thing we are all used to - but seeing how most of their food is grand, I'd check it out!

                                                                                                        1. Servorg Jun 14, 2010 08:24 PM

                                                                                                          The Nickel Diner downtown has a pulled pork hash http://nickeldiner.com/img/photos/foo... with poached eggs and I liked the corned beef hash I had at the Blue Star Diner just south of downtown on 15th Street.

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

                                                                                                          Nickel Diner
                                                                                                          524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                            mc michael Jun 14, 2010 10:08 PM

                                                                                                            Interesting, I just had a very good pulled pork hash and eggs at 3 Square Cafe in Venice.

                                                                                                            3 Square Cafe
                                                                                                            1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                                                            1. re: mc michael
                                                                                                              Servorg Jun 15, 2010 05:36 AM

                                                                                                              Loads closer to me than Nickel Diner. Thanks for the heads up. Now 3 Square just has to steal the bacon donuts recipe from 3X3 and I'll never have to leave the security blanket of the west side again... ;-D>

                                                                                                              3 Square Cafe
                                                                                                              1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                                                          2. martyR Jun 14, 2010 08:06 PM

                                                                                                            Pat & Lorraine's on Eagle Rock, in Eagle Rock
                                                                                                            Rod's Diner on Colorado in Arcadia
                                                                                                            Leroy's on Huntington in Monrovia

                                                                                                            1. ipsedixit Jun 14, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                              Mike & Anne's makes a good corned beef hash.

                                                                                                              Mike & Anne's
                                                                                                              1040 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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                                                                                                                inlikeflt Jun 14, 2010 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                Hmmm, I had pretty much the most frustrating service experience I've had since moving to LA at Mike and Anne's (resulting in not even eating the food - but then who would eat at a place that can't even produce an appetizer after an hour and a half). I might give it another shot. Might....

                                                                                                              2. Will Owen Jun 14, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                The only place I know of for sure that makes their own CBH is not really handy to the SGV. It's the S&W Country Diner in Culver City, and quite frankly I prefer canned, but hardly anyone agrees with me. Their biscuits are surpassingly weird, too...

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                                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen
                                                                                                                  condiment Jul 15, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                  Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills is the Urasawa of corned-beef hash. $19.75, which is an expensive breakfast, but there you go - like Urasawa, it's around the corner from Rodeo Drive.

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