Hash House A Go Go
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Address: 1212 N State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone Number: (312) 202-0994
Price Range: $7-12
Our Rating: 3.8 out of 5
What We Tried: Blackberry Granola Pancake; Fresh Mushroom, Artichoke Hearts, Sundried Tomato and Fresh Spinach House Hash
Our Take: Before trying out a new spot, Carolyn and I like to check out the restaurant’s Instagram to get a feel for what we’re in for. Our first observation after looking up Hash House A Go Go is that they like to pierce a large number of their meals with steak knives. Maybe it’s to keep these massive meals together? Or maybe it’s the chef’s stamp of approval? Either was good reason enough to check the place out. So we did.
The interior of Hash House has more of a bar-ish vibe (i.e. dim lighting, stainless steel, ironically not ideal for Instragramming), but was pleasant none-the-less. Our wait on a Sunday at primetime (11:45 am) was about an hour, which was okay because we’ve come to realize that wait time is positively correlated with deliciousness (If you don’t believe us, just know the wait at Big Star at 5 pm on Saturday was already upwards of 1.5 hours. And we all know of the deliciousness that is Big Star.). Also, wait time is an opportunity to scope out what other people ordered (an underrated but essential brunching activity).
For as large as my pancake was (and it was large), I was surprised that it wasn’t too dense. It was heavy, sure, but not that undercooked, I-think-I-just-ate-a-small-brick kind of heavy. Regardless, though, I was lucky to take down half of the thing. Bonus points for fresh blackberries and not blackberry sauce because fruit sauce always ends up tasting like medicine.
When you do go, though, I’d recommend going with the namesake dish: a hash. Carolyn’s house hash was positively delicious and led to major order envy. The biscuit was as perfect an accompaniment as the random green sprig coming out of it (the homemade jam wasn’t too shabby either).
tldr; Go for the food not the atmosphere, order the hash, don’t question the steak knives.