The best way to attack a new week ahead with a great attitude is to enjoy a good meal out. Recently, I received a lovely invitation from Hash House A Go Go. So, I decided to have a relaxing lunch there with my dear friend, Cindi.
Hash House A Go Go is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood just 3 blocks east of the Clark/Division ‘L’ stop along the CTA Red Line. (The number #22 Clark bus will also take you right there).
I have a favorite restaurant or two in the Gold Coast like The Pump Room but I definitely need to expand my repertoire in this neighborhood.
Armed with an empty stomach, I entered the inner sanctum of Hash House A Go Go, prepared for what I had heard were hearty, mammoth-sized menu items. Can you say “funky farm diner”? I hope so because that is how I describe Hash House A Go Go. I suggest you do not eat for at least 24-36 hours before heading over there (HA!) Oh! Also, you might want to do some squat thrusts, a few crunches and run around the block a couple of times 🙂
Executive Chef Craig “Andy” Beardslee and President Johnny Rivera are the creators and co-founders of Hash House A Go Go. They are churning out some favorite farm food classics with a twist. Or, as they put it, “Twisted Farm Food.” Since my sense of humor leans toward “twisted,” I was intrigued 🙂
True to classic diner form, Hash House A Go Go is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their brunch menu is served all day long, as it should be (Yay!).
But what to order? So many tasty delights from which to choose. My decision was not made any easier while watching servers fly by my table with several eye-popping dishes. Ultimately, I decided to try the Smoked Salmon Benedict. Great choice! It was served over a split biscuit, smothered in a spicy, chili cream hollandaise. The two basted eggs were wonderfully runny. Just how they ought to be.
I’ll admit that this dish took my breath away when it hit the table. However, its size belies how incredibly light the biscuits were. Sure, it was quite filling but it was not nearly as button-popping as I had expected it to be. I did not finish it all but I surely had my way with it 😉 The salmon was sweet and smoky, the spinach was incredibly fresh. All the flavors were well balanced. Score!
Cindi ordered the Flintstones-sized Grilled French Toast with bananas and pecans. Holy cow! We could smell the butter and sugar as our delightful server neared our table. Breakfast, brunch, dessert? Who cares? This dish is a “must-do.” Cindi boxed up half of it to take home. I am not sure if she will share it with her family later tonight or eat it in secrecy as a late night snack while hiding in some rarely visited closet in her house. Anyway, it’s not for me to judge 😉
Hash House A Go Go offers several other benedicts, scrambles and savory breakfast items, all of which sound delicious. What’s that? You want fried chicken and waffles? They have it. Chicken pot pie more your bag? They’ve got that, too. Whether you are looking for some fresh and hearty entrees, sandwiches or salads, I am sure you will find something to please your palate here. Personally, I plan to come back for the meatloaf! Who doesn’t love a great meatloaf, right?
The space at Hash House A Go Go is big, bright and comfortable with several tables and booths. It is decorated with farm and agricultural artwork to get you in the mood of a chowing down on a hearty farm meal. You know, after you have plowed the fields all day!
Hash House A Go Go is a fast rising chain with locations in Nevada, California, Connecticut and Florida. So keep them on your radar as you travel for business or pleasure.
I really enjoyed the comfort food Hash House is serving up. I cannot wait to visit again solo or with friends to find out just how “twisted” they really are 😉
Hash House A Go Go is located at 1212 N. State St. For more information visit http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/chicago.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red Line to Hash House A Go Go. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!