Okay…since I’ve finally digested the food from my intense breakfast experience at the Hash House a Go Go in Reno, I’m finally able to write about it. I guess we all know that’s not true. My apologies for this ridiculously delayed post about one INCREDIBLE restaurant.
First, I must thank Terry Pastorius, Hash House’s General Manager, who was the most gracious and hospitable host one could have. Brannon Rees…thank you for giving Terry the green light to treat me like a Breakfast Queen.
Also, thank you to the Clark family for opening your home to me and helping mend my swollen ankle…my first injury during Little Lee’s BREAKFAST IN AMERICA’s adventure. Breakfast is dangerous business.
Hash House a Go Go describes their cuisine as Twisted Farm Food. I would concur. For instance, take an ordinary, average breakfast like waffles with a side of bacon – a dish in which most of us may have indulged – well, how about stuffing bacon into four waffles, then topping them with two huge, mouth-watering pieces of sage fried chicken, fried leeks and a maple reduction? Now that’s twisted.
Food this big would normally scare me. I mean, it’s big but is it any good? Shockingly, the answer is a resounding YES! In fact, my taste buds are still jumping for joy. To begin, the Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles – the dish I just described – was out of this world. Personally, I think stuffing bacon into waffles makes for not only an enjoyable eating experience, but also an incredibly efficient one. The chicken was moist and the batter…finger-licking perfection.
Next up was their brown sugar banana flapjack. I’m still having dreams about this dish. All of their flapjacks are roughly the size of a medium pizza. I’m not kidding. When I saw this thing, I started laughing. I thought, “there’s no way I’m going to finish this…” Which was just fine with the Clark’s since we were able to eat it for dessert later that evening. Simply put, this flapjack tastes like a banana’s foster, but in the form of a pancake. What I really loved was how the brown sugar became slightly crispy in the grilling process, adding some texture that was sinfully delightful. They offered maple syrup with the dish, but there’s really no need for it. The flapjack is perfect just the way it’s prepared…as was their Blueberry Pecan Pancake.
When I heard about the next dish, Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken Benedict, it had me shaking in my boots. It’s reputation had definitely preceded itself. Hello! This is a Man vs. Food dish! So, we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up. It begins with mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits…then, they throw in spinach, tomato, bacon, scrambled eggs and top it with griddled cheese, sage fried chicken and chipotle cream sauce. To. die. for. The potatoes have a kick to them, but the chipotle cream sauce mellows the spice a bit. It’s a dish a family could share, but if you’re up for the challenge, take it!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their insane beverage selection…including their Banana Latte, Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade, S’mores Mocha and BLT Blood Mary (mine was a virgin). I was lucky enough to taste all four luscious libations and each of them are a must in my book.
If you take a trip to the Biggest Little City in the World, then definitely make Hash House a Go Go a stop on your trip. They’re located inside Harrah’s Casino. But, if you can’t make it to Reno, Hash House has locations in Las Vegas, Chicago and San Diego.