There is typically very little appeal of oversized portions for a meal when the aftermath of eating such a meal is heartburn and potentially gaining five pounds in one sitting. However, a San Diego original restaurant known for twisted farm food is bringing back the appeal of huge portions while eliminating the regret later on. Hash House a Go Go in the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest has been filling bellies since 2000 with classic dishes, but with a more rustic approach.
Way before the health revolution began traction in San Diego, Hash House decided that its food style would be indulgence to the max. This is not a restaurant for the faint of heart or stomach. While the dishes are not necessarily aesthetically balanced with color, the flavor is the only thing that matters here.
A dish such as fried chicken and waffles takes on a whole new meaning with the addition of bacon baked right in to the waffle and drenched in maple syrup. No dish is lacking in an indulgent factor, as the burgers are stuffed with mashed potatoes, cheese, or bacon, and the vegetable based dishes like the roasted market butternut squash are balanced with unctuous risotto and a fried portabella mushroom.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner it doesn’t matter, the portions are the same and the food is crave-worthy. Hash House qualifies as cheap eats in San Diego because the endless supply of bread and overflowing plates are enough for several people to share or good for at least one meal to take home, even with the $20 and below price.
Word to the wise from a local, there will be a wait so call ahead to get a name on a list; the experience is worth the wait though. Go early, go hungry, and please go at dinner for the endless bucket of freshly made biscuits and honey. Just bypass the entrée, as these biscuits are a good enough reason to keep going back to Hash House.