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Anemic Hash Browns - !

sandylc Oct 1, 2012 03:54 PM

Has anyone else encountered pale, floppy hash browns lately in restaurants? I have recently ordered them in two popular, upscale diner-y type restaurants and received very disappointing piles of barely colored shreds. What's up with that? Where did crispy brown exteriors get gone to?

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  1. PotatoHouse RE: sandylc Oct 1, 2012 04:18 PM

    This has been a constant pain in my donkey!!!! It appears that if I want GOOD hash browns I have to make them at home. Most places don't even season them properly if at all.

    1. tim irvine RE: sandylc Oct 1, 2012 05:25 PM

      As a former fry cook I learned to hate making hash browns because they take a lot of time to get right, take up a lot of griddle space, and, once at their peak, get dry and tough quickly. You can't rush them. I love making them at home. Also, if you have ever had dinner at a Palm, they "get" hash browns. nY strip rare, hash browns, creamed spinach, and a double martini...mmmmm. Hash browns are definitely not just breakfast food!

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        laliz RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 07:45 AM

        the same thing is true with toast these days. Its like they wave the bread at the toaster or something and call it done. I order both HB and toast well done and hope for the best.

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          Jelly71 RE: laliz Oct 2, 2012 10:07 AM

          I have the exact opposite experience. I always order my English muffin "lightly toasted" and 50% of the time, I am brought a charcoal briquette that was once an English muffin.

        2. pinehurst RE: sandylc Oct 2, 2012 10:04 AM

          In my hash brown days, I took to ordering them "well done", because I kept getting piles of pale potatoes and undercooked onions. Blurgh.

          Now I order grilled tomatoes. It confounds them, but they're hard to mess up.

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            EWSflash RE: pinehurst Oct 2, 2012 10:51 AM

            I ordered them well done once, and what i got was a wad of hash browns that somebody had squished together (stil had the finger marks on it) and thrown in a deep fryer for a couple of minutes.

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