“Twisted Farm Food” is what they serve- that is the tagline at Hash House A Go Go. Nothing here is “normal”- do not expect to go in and just order something simple. Everything on the menu has a twist.
A simple example is their enormous burgers. It is not just a burger patty with a few toppings. Instead, you will get TWO patties with a variety of toppings stuffed in the middle- literally a stuffed burger. The pork tenderloin is as big as its famous counterpart from Indiana. The pancakes are bigger than your head. Than TWO of your heads.
We visited for a late weekday breakfast. The dining room wasn’t empty but it wasn’t packed either and we were able to get a booth right away. On the breakfast menu we saw everything from eggs to waffles and French toast. The first thing that caught my eye were the hashes.
I ordered the veggie house hash with mushrooms, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. The vegetables are mixed with crispy potato chunks to create the “hash.” The menu was a little deceiving as it was claimed that my hash was “topped” with two eggs (they were served on the side) and also served with fruit and a biscuit. The biscuit I will give them- it was the biggest biscuit I have ever seen in my life but the fruit? Does a single very thinly sliced piece of honeydew and a slice of orange count as a “served with” item or simply just a garnish? I though I was going to get maybe a little more than that. Most restaurants do not advertise their meals are served with a sprig of parsley when the parsley is simply put on the plate to make the plate look pretty.
However, besides my disappointment with my side of fruit, I liked the dish overall. It was served in a cast iron skillet and like I said earlier, came with the world’s largest biscuit. The hash was pretty good- I do not think there was a lot of seasoning used to flavor anything which is OK with me since I am not a big salt person, but I would imagine if you do like to season your food you may be reaching for the salt shaker to give it a little more oomph. I ordered my eggs over easy so I was able to use the liquidly egg to sop up the veggie and potato mixture. It would have been a little dry otherwise. Despite all my complaining it was still very good. Just not great- especially for the $13 price tag.
My friend ordered the Blueberry-Pecan Flapjack. He ordered the Tractor Driver Combo ($14) where he got the pancake alongside two eggs and his choice of bacon, sausage or potatoes. The menu offered other flapjack favors like Blackberry Granola or Mango Coconut but he had his heart set on the Blueberry Pecan.
This single flapjack took over our table. It was so big I would have needed a forklift just to get it from the kitchen to our table. Most importantly, it was delicious. Just by looking at it you could see that the kitchen did not skimp on the blueberries and pecans. Every bite had something in it. Oh- they also had a Snickers flavored flapjack- that will have to be my next quest. A huge Snickers bar for breakfast!!
We liked Hash House A Go Go overall- the menu is unique and the service was great. While the Orlando location is on International Drive, it is a weird location in between the outlet malls and the main I-Drive strip. In the last 8 years I have seen this location swallow three different attempts at a successful restaurant and I hope this will not be the case with Hash House A Go Go. They have other wildly popular outlets in Las Vegas, San Diego and Chicago just to name a few. For a local, the prices are a bit steep but for a tourist, used to paying top dollar at Disney World, Hash House A Go Go probably seems reasonable.
Personally, I-HOP serves up some great seasonal flavors of pancakes and you can add eggs, meat and potatoes for a much more reasonable price. Granted you will not get a pancake quite so big or a biscuit as big as a brick but you get the idea. We will most likely go there again to try the dinner menu, we will just bring bigger wallets.
3 1/2 sprouts out of 5.