VegasEats: Hash House A Go Go at The Plaza
I'm lucky, I have a DuPar's near my house. Their luscious pancakes are a regular part of my life, not just as a morning-after Vegas booze sponge. I'm unlucky too. DuPar's at Golden Gate has a line snaking through the casino out to Fremont Street and I need some booze sponge action pronto. FUUUUUCK. LIGHTBULB: There's a Hash House at the Plaza! And when I get there... THERE'S NO LINE!
I saddled up at the counter, was greeted by Monique who took my coffee order and vanished into the ether. The Hash House menu featured its signature brand of "Twisted Farm Food" plus an array of amped up drinks and coffees. I stared at the menu in disbelief, by hungover eyes unable to focus on little more than the large green print that said "The Tractor Driver Combo." I've spent a few weeks worth of teenage hours on a rider lawn mower, I think this at least partially satisfies the requirement.
Monique swings by, apologizes for the wait says she has to make fresh coffee and will be back shortly to take my order. She's all business. She also appears to be training a pet doofus to help her. I pass the time peering into the Plaza's lobby, still amazed by its dramatic transformation from rotten-smelling-yet-charming hell hole to a glamorously modern version of the same charm. The coffee arrives, along with Monique, who takes my order - The Tractor Driver Combo, bacon, poached egg. Poof! She vanishes.
I opened up a copy of the Wall Street Journal I brought with me and scanned the Marketplace section, spacing out in the silence until a volcano of hysterics erupted from the table morning drunks seated behind me.
Monique swung by again. She said that my order would be right out and topped up my joe. Poof!
More reading. More spacing. More laughter lava floes.
Monique pops in, this time with food. She apologized for how long it took. But ta-dah!
Either the chef made a purposeful Picasso or all that money I spent going to art school is finally paying off.
I dug right into the poached egg. Not gorgeous but still poached evenly. A dash of salt and pepper and it was creamy delicious.
Bacon was borderline cold, yet still tasted good. Thick cut, salty and slightly chewy.
Pancake was, as expected, gigantic. Texture was a little rubbery and hard to separate with a fork. On its own, the pancake was uneventful. Sopped with butter and syrup - it was great. I ate as much as I possibly could.
Yes, definitely art school...c what I mean?
Tractor Driver Combo + 1 coffee = $16.75. Here's the bill. I never saw Monique again.
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