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Hash House A Go Go

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that it provides our bodies with nourishment to get us up on our feet to confront whatever that life has to offer. If that’s true, then after eating a hearty breakfast at Hash House A Go Go, we should all be superfied, you know, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound, more powerful than a locomotive – or you just may want to take a nap.

Located on Fifth Avenue in the Hillcrest region of San Diego, Hash House A Go Go is unique in its approach and its diversity. Walk up the ramp, enter the doorway and let yourself go, because you immediately know that you have walked into something special. While the interior is a little cramped, with tables practically rubbing against each other, instead of it being a drawback, it creates a special camaraderie. We are all here to do battle with the massive amounts of delicious food that you are about to enjoy.

There is a cozy bar that welcomes you into the restaurant with the usual drinks and some specialties (yes I know that we are tooting this as a great breakfast place, but they also serve lunch and dinner). For breakfast such drink treats include soothing mimosas and if you want the best Bloody Mary (made with beer) on the planet, this is your place. You can also be served meals at the bar if you desire.

Grab your seat and prepare to be overwhelmed as you take a gander at the intriguing menu. There are so many items available to you, under the guise of House Hashes, Farm Scrambles, Indiana Favorites, Flapjacks and Waffles, and just to make sure everything else is covered, "Other Great Things From the Stove".

Selections such as House Smoked Salmon, Hash Houses’ Famous Meatloaf and Smoked Chicken (and now you’re thinking "I thought we were here for breakfast", hang in there, you are). All of these dishes are served with crispy potatoes and eggs and fruit. There are also traditional items done very untraditionally, like flapjacks, French toast and Sausage gravy w/biscuits. The flapjacks come in numerous renditions like; Blueberry Pecan, Brown Sugar Banana, Blackberry Granola, Mango Coconut and Strawberry Frosted Flakes. The French toast is dipped in banana cinnamon cream w/pecan maple syrup. So you see where we are going here, this is not your usual breakfast fare and the best is yet to come.

Biscuits and Gravy

French toast
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When you entered the diner you could not have missed the plates on the tables. You can’t miss them because they are huge, oblong shaped platters that are about two feet in length, filled to the max with food. The flapjacks are literally almost 15 inches across, the waffles are about 1 ½ inches thick and the biscuits are bigger than a softball. Everything, everything, is larger-than-life and over the top and, need I say, absolutely delicious!

Having eaten here on numerous occasions, we bring every out of town guest to the Hash House, and it never fails to impress. There are so many variations to choose from and every single thing on the menu totally rocks. We can’t finish this review without mentioning a couple of very interesting items offered for the strong-willed and those with an iron-clad stomach. Check out the "O’Hare of the dog 24oz Budweiser and side of bacon" or the "sausage gravy pot pie with scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes".

The décor and energy of the establishment is homey, friendly and welcoming. The staff is hip, sociable and incredibly attentive with smiles everywhere and the interior is warm and cozy. Make no mistake, a visit to Hash House will leave a lasting impression and just another "grand slam" breakfast at Denny’s will never be the same. Go to Hash House, loosen the belt and let the meal envelope you. Enjoy!

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  • City: San Diego, CA 92103
  • Phone: 619-281-4014
  • Name: Hash House A Go Go
  • Address: 3628 Fifth Avenue