As a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, I wanted to warn the Chowhounds of the Washington D.C. area about a disease which has been infecting some of our local restaurants. It is known as the Black Eyed Hash Disease.
This is a disease which has been contracted by some of our local fusion style restaurants. At this time, I can name at least three restaurants which have been infected.
The primary symptom of this disease is a propensity to offer this bland and insipid tasting side dish called "Black Eyed Hash" on some of their menu offerings. In one such restaurant, their "Fish Of The Day" is always accompanied by Black Eyed Hash.
Black Eyed Hash can be described as this curious mush of black eyed peas, rice, maybe a few potato chunks, diced onions, and anything else the chef decides to throw in. I've sampled it at all of the restaurants infected with this disease, and it all tastes the same.
A bland and tasteless mush.
Yet, some restauranters in our area apparently regard it as this cool and trendy dish that deserves a place in their kitchens. But I don't see it. I don't get it. I don't like it.
I would rather plow through an overcooked baked potato with a skin as tough as shoe leather than to have another dose of Black Eyed Hash. Seriously.
I hope that none of the fusion restaurants in the Washington D.C. area have been infected with this disease. If it already has, which restaurants have already been infected?
Seriously now, if any of you have ever tried Black Eyed Hash, did you actually like it?
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