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Feb 13, 2011 08:01 AM

Corned beef hash in YYC?

Are there any cafes that serve great corned beef hash? (goes without saying that i'm looking for house-made, not from a can LOL!) I've lived in Calgary for 10 years now, and don't think i've seen this on a single menu!

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  1. I know corned beef is not the same as Montreal Smoked Meat.. they are somewhat similar but not the same... but I thought I should mention that Galaxie Diner has a Smoked Meat Hash on their menu. I believe they source their smoked meat from Quebec Smoked Meat products in Montreal. I can't confirm whether Galaxie's sister restaurant Belmont Diner has this on the menu or not as their menu is not listed on their website and I have not been to the Belmont. But I have tried it at the Galaxie and I enjoyed it. Hope this helps. I, too, have not come across corned beef hash on any menu yet here in Calgary.

    Belmont Diner
    2008 33 Ave SW #1, Calgary, AB T2T 1Z4, CA

    Galaxie Diner
    1411 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7, CA

    1. My fav corned beef hash in the city is at Avenue Diner. I believe they make the beef in-house. It's served with 2 poached eggs and a citrus-basil hollandaise.

      Avenue Diner
      105 Steven Avenue Mall, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

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      1. re: foodkarma

        Thanks. Finally, someone has come across corned beef hash in Calgary!

        However, just want to mention that Avenue Diner is currently closed and they are moving (new location yet to be announced). There was talk about this on the breakfast thread. According to their website, you can follow for updates on their facebook page.

      2. hey - you guys are effing awesome! thanks a ton!

        1. Oh wow... I didn't know Corned Beef Hash was so difficult to get hold of in Calgary.

          Also didn't know about Avenue Diner's move - I've been traveling around Edmonton and Vancouver... eeeks... I'm going to miss my fav Sunday brunch until they reopen!!

          Maybe time for me to try the Short Rib Hash at Red's...

          Avenue Diner
          105 Steven Avenue Mall, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

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          1. re: foodkarma

            I just tired the short rib hash at Red's Diner and thought it really worked. A huge plate with big pieces of tender beef and not over-seasoned. Just tasty with good quality ingredients and presentation. Two wedges of toast on the side and a giant mug of coffee. Pretty damn good start to the day.

            Red's Diner
            1514 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y2, CA

            1. re: greenboy

              Thanks for the note! I'll have to try it out.

            2. re: foodkarma

              I just tried the short rib hash at Red's too, and while it was good, i don't feel nearly as enthusiastic as greenboy did. There certainly WAS a lot of meat, and it was very moist and tender, but the whole thing really reminded me of leftover pot roast instead of hash. The problem is that the meat is braised and then added to the house potatoes and called "hash." but when making real hash, the raw meat is first fried to render out the fat, and then the potatoes are fried in the fat along with the meat. So while it was a good breakfast, it's still not doing anything to satisfy my corned beef hash cravings... and, i still felt like i was eating leftover pot roast the whole time LOL.

              1. re: nonlinear

                I've had this dish a few times and also enjoy it but I know what you mean about the pot roast effect. IMHO they sometimes go a little overboard with the thickened braising liquid or gravy that they use to finish the dish. While it tastes good it almost makes the hash a bit stewy (if that's a word) instead of crispy. Definitely a dish worth trying for those who haven't had it yet. You get a lot of beef short rib for a breakfast order.