Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Get A Going to Hash House!

Hash House A Go Go
3535 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Imperial Palace kind of has a reputation with some of my friends. When I told them I would be coming here for breakfast, most of them asked, "Why would you want to go there?" I admit, IP is not the most glamorous hotel on the strip. They do not have the biggest casino around. The decor looks like it looked when I first started coming to Vegas in the early 90's.

I am not afraid to admit that I do like Imperial Palace. They at least try. In this day of age with all of the big fancy hotels opening up, with their sprawling casinos, it is a breath of recycled air that Imperial Palace has stayed true to itself. They can be called cheesy for having celebrity impersonators dealing black jack, even though most of these dealers only slightly resemble who they are trying to be. At least most of the people here look like they are having a good time. The same can not be said of the mega casinos, which feel very sterile compared to the good old IP.

It is not just the fun vibe of the casino that has brought us here of course. We are here to eat, and there is a place that has been on my list of places to try for some time now. A place that has been on numerous television shows. Been featured on many lists as a top breakfast spot. A restaurant known for huge breakfast portions. Of course we are talking about Hash House A Go Go.

This location of HHAGG at Imperial Palace is very large. We got to the restaurant at 10am on a Monday morning and still had a thirty minute wait. Not too hard to make use of time waiting in a casino, so we threw a few dollars in a poker machine and made ten dollars. That's how this big gambler rolls.

Anyways, the vibe inside the restaurant could be classified as a hip, new age style coffee shop. Pop hits blaring from overhead speakers. Young, hip servers slinging around huge platters of food. The menu here can be a little overwhelming. Not really outrageously huge, but almost everything on it kind of has a twist, so reading the descriptions is a must. Let's see how are food came out.

I was perplexed as to what to get. I settled on the Hash House Famous Meatloaf Hash. This hash combined two eggs, roasted red peppers, meatloaf, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. I really liked this breakfast, but it lacked the wow factor for me. It really needed something else to bind it together, maybe some gravy? The meatloaf here could not stand on its own, kind of bland. The potatoes were cubed too big for my taste. It kind of sounds like I did not like this, but that is not the case. I was just expecting more. The portion size is large and the elements of this plate were all very fresh. I really liked the biscuit as well.

I had seen this Fried Chicken Benedict before on TV shows, so I was really happy when Katie ordered it. For starters this thing is seriously huge. This Benedict was made up of sage fried chicken, spinach, smoked bacon, mozzarella, tomato, scrambled eggs, and chipotle cream, all served on top of a split biscuit and mashed potatoes. Big time flavor is what comes to mind here. The chicken was tender, the chipotle cream was delicious, and the biscuit wrapped everything up nicely. This is a must get when coming here.

Not that we needed anymore food, but I knew this would be our only chance to come here for this visit to Vegas, so we ordered an Apple Cinnamon Flap Jack. The flavor here reminded me of apple cinnamon Cream of Wheat, very comforting. I am always leery about putting syrup on fruit pancakes, but it really made a difference here. This was more like an apple danish than a flap jack. Not as heavy as I imagined, and for as full as I was, I did not get tired of eating this.

I may not have been wowed by my meal here, but the other things we got more than made up for it. Hash House A Go Go will definitely be on my list of places to have breakfast in Vegas from now on. The service was pretty good for us on this busy Monday morning. The food came out hot and in a timely matter. Prices were great for the amount of food you get. Most breakfasts were $10 to $15, not bad for a big breakfast on the strip. They also have three other locations in town, off of the strip, in case you do not want to be seen inside the Imperial Palace. We will proudly come to Imperial Palace anytime for this breakfast though.

Out of five red dresses, (because the international running/drinking club, Hash House Harriers is known to run in red dresses), five being best to zero being worst, Hash House A Go Go gets 3.5 red dresses.

For more information on Hash House A Go Go, click here: http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/vegas/

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it - the one we go to is the one at the M Resort (new-ish place on Las Vegas Boulevard but south of the strip). Not because we don't want to be seen at Imperial Palace (heck, we go to the Station casinos and Sam's Town, we have no pride!) but because we usually stay at South Point and it's easier to go further OFF the strip than on TO the strip in the morning when we want food! The M Resort location also has a great view. (You also didn't mention the yummy jam / preserves that are on the table....)

  2. Anonymous - Thanks for the tip about the M location. We will have to go to that one on our next visit. I did not even notice the jam on the tables. I was distracted by the big portions I guess. Thanks for the comment.