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Brunch Mon Jul 20 2015

Midwestern-Sized Brunch at Hash House a Go Go

kokomo.jpgHash House a Go Go is irreverent of portion size, and proud of it. Bacon, waffles, eggs, and fried chicken all stacked in one dish? Yes. Crispy or mashed potatoes with massive griddled French toast? Please.

Ironically, the original Hash House a Go Go was born in San Diego, city of vegan runners and beautiful surfers. Now in locations across the US, the restaurant's "twisted farm food" concept makes the most sense in Chicago, a city with that wholesome Midwestern appeal.

Specials include the Sage Fried Chicken (sage fried chicken breasts with hardwood smoked bacon waffle tower, hot maple reduction and fried leeks), Sausage gravy pot pie (with scrambled eggs & mashed potatoes), any of their famous one-pound stuffed burgers, and the Kokokmo (griddled meatloaf, griddled smoked mozzarella cheese on milk bread).

Any of the specials are surprisingly fresh and delicious, though the Sage Fried Chicken (with its impressive stacked presentation) is the most popular and awe-inducing. You can actually taste the sage in the breading, which is light and crunchy. Sweet options include the flapjacks, griddled French toast with banana cinnamon cream and pecan maple syrup, and Andy's famous Bread pudding topped w/ ice cream. Hash House also runs a dinner service, serving entrees such as the Big O' Chicken Pot Pie, Indiana Style Hand Hammered Pork Tenderloin (with griddled smoked mozzarella and horseradish mashed potatoes), and Meatloaf Pasta (meatloaf, basil pesto, chipotle, and Parmesan cheese). In general, avoid the salads, lest you be judged by everyone around you, including yourself.

Prices are fairly decent given the size of the entrée, and it's very likely that you'll split the food with your friends and still have enough to take home. The only downside is the crowd, so get there early and very hungry.

Hash House a Go Go
1212 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 202-0994

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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