Las Vegas is synonymous with one word; excess. Whether it’s drinking, gambling, rabble-rousing, or eating Vegas is the place to go if you want too much of something. The last time we found ourselves in America’s City of Sin we went out looking for somewhere to satisfy one of our basest primal urges, eating. Now we weren’t looking for some “all you can stuff yourself until you unbutton your pants so you can breathe” buffet where quantity is king and quality is a word they’ve never heard of. We wanted to find something different. We wanted quality whole food prepared in a unique way. We found just what the doctor ordered when we stepped into Hash House A Go Go. Take a look at our review to see why Hash House should be on your Vegas “to do” list!
Hash House A Go Go was founded in San Diego by two partners with a simple mission: fun food with simple, farm- fresh ingredients prepared with a twist. They take their farming roots very seriously. How many restaurants in Vegas have a giant cow out front?
The founders of Hash House a Go Go seem to know that they need style to go along with the substance though. The interior of the restaurant was well decorated and used a lot of galvanized metal to give you that rural farmhouse feel, without making it gaudy or tacky.
Now that we have all the formalities out of the way, lets talk about what Lauren and I came here for: FOOD! We spent most of our day walking around Vegas drinking, gambling, and sightseeing, so we had quite a bit of an appetite when we sat down. We skipped an appetizer because we knew two things; the portions are massive, and we wanted to try to leave room for dessert. The menu was a bit daunting, with quite a few tantalizing options ranging from “Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffle Tower” to a refined Duck Mac and Cheese. While dinner options like these usually catch our eye, we were at a Hash House which means we were doing one of our favorite things. Having Breakfast for Dinner!
I couldn’t get past how enticing the Sage Fried Chicken sounded, and it is one of their featured items, so I went with the Farm Benedict. The creative geniuses at Hash House start with a layer of mashed potatoes cooked on the griddle; top it with a split home made biscuit, then layer spinach, tomato, griddled mozzarella, smoked bacon, two pieces of sage fried chicken, and two scrambled eggs on top. To finish it off they cover the whole thing with a heavy layer of chipotle cream.
Lauren on the other hand decided to keep her meal a bit more simple and grounded. She selected one of their namesake House Hashes. Her meal featured crispy potatoes hashed together with roasted pork tenderloin, charred tomato, corn, green beans and mozzarella. In addition to the hash, her dish also included a couple scrambled eggs and a couple slices of fruit for good measure.
Well how was it? Fan-freakin’-tastic! The fried chicken was the right combination of crispy and juicy and it balanced very well against the saltiness of the bacon and the chipotle based sauce. Lauren’s hash was, like most comfort food, delicious in it’s simplicity. All the ingredients in both dished were fresh and well prepared without too much complexity. Like any good dish, the chef let the high quality ingredients speak for themselves. With every bite, we reveled in the delightful flavor of each unique ingredient and how well they complimented each other. As with most comfort foods we found ourselves following each bite with a “mmmmmmm” or “ahhhh” and going back for more. We started our meal with the noble intention of sampling one of their desserts, but before we knew it our plates looked like this:
The entrees were so large and filling that we could have easily shared one entree and probably have had enough to fill us both up. The service at Hash House seemed to mirror the same recipe used in creation of the menu. The staff was high quality and worked well together to ensure that we always had what we needed. Overall the experience at Hash House a Go Go was a very pleasant one, and we highly recommend you try out one of their Las Vegas locations, the next time you are in Sin City.
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