Hash House A Go Go

Restaurants, Contemporary American Gold Coast
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Hash House A Go Go
Chicken and Waffles from Hash House

Hash House’s signature dish—fried chicken and waffles—arrives like most other things on this menu do: big enough to feed a small country and stabbed with a knife and a freakishly large rosemary sprig. It looks impressive, but when you find that the chicken is haphazardly fried (burnt some places, the meat dried out), the shock and awe wears off. This is bad news, because for most of this food—squishy waffles stuffed with bacon; a blueberry-pecan pancake the size of an extra-large pizza—shock and awe is the only redeeming value.


Venue name: Hash House A Go Go
Address: 1212 N State Pkwy
Cross street: between Division and Scott Sts
Opening hours: Breakfast, brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 36, 70.
Price: Average main course: $22
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I arrived at Hash House without expectations - I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I ordered a pineapple mimosa to start - great choice - it wasn't too sweet and came with a significant pineapple wedge on the rim. Then I ordered the Tractor Driver Combo because I mistakenly thought that seemed like an appropriate amount of food - I was wrong (and should've read reviews before hand). My brown sugar banana pancake did taste great - but at the size of a large pizza, was absolutely a waste of food. I packed 80% of it to go, but it didn't reheat well thanks to the giant chunks of banana inside. I wouldn't mind going back, but next time I will definitely split one meal with at least two other friends. 

If you've ever found yourself eating fried chicken and waffles on a bed of bacon mashed potatoes smothered in sausage gravy and thought to yourself "you know what would make this meal even better? If I had 3x as much food on my plate!" Well then Hash House is the brunch spot for you. Known for it's obscene portion sizes and ridiculous flavor combinations Hash House is one of the most popular brunch spots in Chicago (fun fact: there is also a Hash House in Las Vegas and San Diego!) If you arrive after 10am on the weekend plan for an hour or longer wait, but trust me, it's worth it.