Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hash House a Go Go- Hillcrest

3628 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 298-4646

Hello folks! I have been overly consumed by a little bugger of a problem for the past few weeks.  Which cell phone am I going to get?  The Iphone 4g by ATT or HTC Evo by Sprint ?  They are the two current heavyweights in the newest baddest sleaziest phones around and if I have to sign a contract and commit myself for 2 years to a greedy corporation, then I better get the best phone for my buck.  I have been slowly going crazy between internet research, friend polling,making pros and cons lists, taking advantage of the companies' 30 day trial period, etc.  Basically it came down to what can I live with and what irks me the most.  If you want to know more specific findings, feel free to comment and I can impart the completely non-scientific results of my research and tears.  
I finally crawled out of my she-cave for brunch with a gal pal.  Yes I just said gal pal and I kicked myself in retaliation.  We met at 830 for brunch at the Hash House, oftly reviewed I'm sure.  It was between this and the Omelette House in La Mesa....looking back, I shoulda went with Omelette House.  My thinking was, I want ALOT of food so I can have yummy leftovers.  However that theory only works if you like your dish to begin with.  I was very disappointed that I didnt enjoy my food! Its not that cheap there as you might know and now it just kind of whet my appetite for a brunch craving that will probably not get filled for awhile...

Drinks: Blood orange sparkling beverage from a bottle and their Asti mimosa of the day (I forgot the actual name or other ingredients).  I dont know why I broke my either ice water with lemon or alcohol drink rule today--it was alright but I could have done without. 

My order: Griddled French Toast (on their website as a spotlight dish).  "Our signature Amish style bread dipped in a banana cinnamon cream with pecan maple syrup...a breakfast legend".  It was huge of course with three toast pieces and a whole griddled banana on top.  Way too sweet.  I should have asked to have the syrup on the side.  The bread was not as crunchy as it looked...disappointing.  The pecans were yummy and candied.  They also threw some strawberries on there for extra measure.  Overall I ate 1/3 of one slice and not because I wasnt hungry.  My friend's little bro will be eating that for dinner tonight I'm told.  Maybe part of it is that I dont have the biggest sweet tooth, but still even I can appreciate a sinful french toast.  This one, just didnt do anything for me.

My friend ordered herself the BBQ griddled flank steak with 2 eggs, potatoes, fruit and a biscuit. The mashed potatoes were fantastic, which is saying alot since I'm not a great fan of them.  I like my taters roasted, fried, grilled, baked or crunchy somehow and its one of my worst cravings.  The flank steak was supposed to be medium rare and I know from my Food Network education that cooked properly, this can be a flavorful cut of meat.  Why did that sound dirty?  However it tasted overdone, bland, and rubbery.  Another fail.  The portion was huge of course and my friend enjoyed her fried eggs enormously.  

We also ordered a side of biscuit and gravy.  Decent gravy of sausage base.  The sausage chunks were good in my opinion but sparse--I didnt expect there to be any since the sausage was a part of the gravy base.  The biscuit was huge and I only made it through half of one.  The gravy was alright tasting but it was off mark.  Tasted artificial.  Maybe I was spoiled after eating biscuits and gravy in my vacation on the east coast?  I sure hope not.  

Overall, 25 bucks later I ate1/3 a slice of french toast and 1/2 a biscuit with gravy...oh yeah and 1/4 glass of organic orange sparkle drink.  At least the wait wasnt bad.  It will probably be awhile before I choose to come back here....damn you!!!!!  ****To be fair, I dont recall having a bad experience on my previous visit here last year so maybe today was just an off day.  Still there are too many brunch places to stick to one, especially if you werent in love with the food.  


  1. Oh no! That's too bad. I haven't been there in a while and I don't recall whether enjoyed my meal or not. It does seem like that the bigger the meal is, the more you should like it. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like that was what you experienced.

    P.S. I love my 3 year old Palm Treo. ;)

  2. Hi! I ate there like two months ago, so here are my thoughts:

    1) They're only good at savory dishes. Thus, I'm not surprised that your french toast was so-so.

    2) What they do well, they REALLY do well. Everything else, they threw in for variety and it's just there for picky eaters. So, again, not surprised that your friend's dish was okay at some parts, not so okay in others.

    3) What do they do well? Their signature dishes: The House Hashes. Next time you go, try that and I'm sure you'll have a better experience

    Good luck! (p.s. go the Hero...)

  3. I've lived in San Diego all of my life and I've never been here. I've heard about it tons of times ... but just haven't been. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience! I hate when I don't enjoy my food.