i know, i know. another arizona restaurant review. i promise, i do eat out in other locales – but this scottsdale trip happened to be filled with a ton of blogworthy meals. while hiking lost dog wash trail on our first full day, my hubby and i ran into two former new yorkers who gave us many great recommendations, including the hash kitchen – which happens also to be owned by a new yorker. admittedly, we spent a good chunk of our time trying to eat ‘authentic southwestern’ and rejected the idea of another new york transplant restaurant, but on our last day, we were in the area and decided to give it a try after hearing such rave reviews. and boy are we glad we did.
the hash kitchen turned out to be an incredible brunch, with a fun waitstaff, a great interior aesthetic, and best of all: a social media-conscious marketing strategy, which of course i loved. the space was bright and airy, with a fun “build your own bloody mary bar” as the focal point that guests see when they enter.
while you wait for your table to be set, you can browse the walls for photos to see which celebs had most recently dined at hash. (there were many, and this place is fairly new.) the staff teeshirts were a creative, no-pun-nod to the hashtag and the rumchata iced coffee was the perfect way to start my last day in arizona.
the menu is extensive, and we were tempted by many pancake/scramble options. stephen went with the chicken & waffles, but i felt like the hash was necessary at a place that was named after it, so i opted for the huevos rancheros hash. but before i get to reviewing the main course, it’s time we had a hats-off moment of silence to give thanks for our appetizer: savory, sweet, fluffy with just the right amount of initial crunch…….. the cannoli donuts. they made me wonder why i would ever reject the idea of dining at a restaurant owned and operated by a new yorker. they were heaven on a trendy wooden slab, and i was loving every last bite.
we still had room for our main dishes, and we were very pleased when they arrived. the chicken & waffles was right on par with what we had expected. the hash was presented in a hot cast iron skillet – both effective aesthetically, and for the quality of the food. it required a good deal of mixing, which i much prefer as a picky eater. (i like to see everything instead of wondering what i’ll get in the next bite…. so being able to pinpoint my carne asada was a clutch move on their part.) and who’s surprised, but the biscuit was my favorite part. #carbaholic
with locations in gainey village, north scottsdale, and a third opening soon in arcadia – the hash kitchen is on the come up. follow them on facebook and instagram, where i’m sure you’ll drum up some breakfast inspiration. it is, after all, pegged a “creative a.m. eatery”! and now we wait patiently for these guys to bring their potatoey goodness to the east coast……..