Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015|11:04 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach returns to Las Vegas after holiday time in Italy and family time in La Jolla, Calif., we cover our visitor columns in his absence.
Today, words of wisdom from Jim Rees of Hash House a Go Go and the legendary ambassador of rum, the one and only Sailor Jerry, aka Paul Monahan. Here, Jim, who purchases 800,000 pounds of potatoes and 7 tons of bacon a year, serves a delicious dish as large as his restaurant menu products.
When Hash House a Go Go first pulled into town in 2005, few residents had actually heard of, much less tried, this extra Las Vegas dining establishment transplanted from San Diego. As a matter of reality, a lot of didn’t know what it was.
I guess the name “twisted farm food” didn’t truly assist, and few discovered the breakfast, lunch and supper in small print. But it had not been long prior to word went out that something was different about this free-standing dining establishment in exactly what was left of one of the early restaurant corners on the west side of town.
There is absolutely nothing more gratifying than a pleased visitor, and it’s usually a good sign when one of the first things a guest does is take a picture of his food when it shows up.
Little did we know 10 years ago that social networks would be the driving force that it is today, and it is often said– particularly when it come to our food– that a photo is worth a thousand words.
Flash forward 10 years, and the story is similar– the only difference is that we now have five Las Vegas Valley locations and 10 dining establishments across the country. Food is still the focus, and the portions are still generous.
Would you think 800,000 pounds of potatoes, 7 lots of bacon, 2 million eggs and 3 lots of rosemary are being served every year? Contribute to that 240,000 pounds of Certified Angus Beef, 350,000 pounds of chicken breast and 550,000 pounds of biscuit and pancake flour, and you can see how many hungry guests have had their cravings pleased.
Made from scratch like Mommy used making and served in charitable portions– so much so that leftovers are a sure thing– are the hallmarks of Hash Residence a Go Go.
So where did the name come from, and why call it twisted farm food? It’s really straightforward: “Hash Home” is a common name for a breakfast joint, and “a Go Go” is enjoyment of the food. Fundamental, identifiable home cooking served with style in charitable parts– much better referred to as twisted farm food.
Las Vegas was the best location for us to broaden our roots and really grow. After all, what better city for a terrific breakfast after a long night than Sin City? With a restricted marketing budget, the best method to spread the word was word of mouth.
Oh, the mornings I invested up at 5 a.m. delivering our food to radio and TELEVISION stations– and how welcoming the media was to the principle. We rapidly ended up being involved in as numerous local occasions as possible and stepped forward with charities to offer contributions and supply complimentary food at every possible event.
The community fasted to return the favor, voting us Best Breakfast, Finest Brunch, Best Burger, Best Restaurant and a lot more awards, which enabled us to grow and broaden.
However breakfast was not enough, and one of the amazing elements of the principle was that lunch and supper were simply as much enjoyable as breakfast. It’s constantly difficult to encourage individuals that you can have a fantastic breakfast and dinner restaurant.
With trademark items like fried chicken and waffles, packed meatloaf, hand-hammered pork tenderloin and fried green tomato stack, it was always a treat to hear a supper visitor ask the concern, “Are you open for breakfast?”
Hospitality is as important as the food, and I want our staff to enjoy their job so that they convey that feeling to their visitors. Relaxed, enjoyable and never knowing quite what to expect is something we work hard at attaining.
Maybe it’s a Saturday DJ breakfast, huge Bloody Mary with bacon, tomato and lettuce or a kids dish that can be delivered in a toy tractor (which likewise works as a giant beverage vessel for grownups).
We want visitors to feel at home and comfy, yet shock them with always-changing choices. When your dining establishment is the location where your visitors wish to bring their buddies to flaunt your dining establishment, it could not make a person prouder.
Thank you, Las Vegas!
Make certain to check out today’s other visitor column from Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum national brand ambassador Paul Monahan. On Monday, brand-new “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas star Daniel Robert Sullivan and Diane Fearon of Communities in Schools pen their ideas.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.
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Hash Residence A Go Go at The Quad Hash House A Go Go is popular for its creative menu providings, over-sized parts, special presentation and a custom of using just the freshest active ingredients. It’s been featured on TV’s “Guy V. Food,” where host Adam Richman sank his teeth into the Fried Chicken Farm Benedict at the Hash Residence A Go Go on West Sahara. Breakfast fare includes flapjacks that overflow the sides of the plate, breakfast scrambles, signature hashes and farm Benedicts. The lunch and supper menu features chicken and sage waffles, one-pound burgers packed with bacon and mashed potatoes, sandwiches like the Kokomo, stuffed with meatloaf and smoked mozzarella, and salads like the Big O Caesar. And you can wash it all down with a signature cocktail, like the BLT Bloody Mary.
3535 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hash Residence A Go Go 2008 Readers’ Choice: Best Breakfast – Artistically plated, obscenely large parts of “twisted farm food,” and a few of it’s fairly delicious. Homemade soups are tasty as are the 1-pound packed burgers and sage fried chicken with waffles, sprinkled with a caramel-maple decrease. Hash Home A Go Go is well-known for its imaginative menu providings, over-sized parts, special presentation and a tradition of utilizing only the freshest ingredients.
6800 W. Sahara Opportunity Las Vegas, NV 89146