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Picture Perfect Hash Browns


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Picture Perfect Hash Browns

TopoTail | Sep 14, 2012 10:55 AM

I was walking past Ann's Kitchen (Telegraph & Dwight Way in Berkeley) the other day and my eyes focused on the hash browns being consumed by a customer. They were largish irregular chunks of potato with a beautiful golden brown crust. Damn, they looked good!

I couldn't get them out of my head, so I went up there for breakfast this morning. Ordered scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, and OJ.

Where to start? The plate was huge, with a massive serving of the "picture perfect" hash browns and two slices of balloon bread toast.

The OJ was machine squeezed, and along with the juice, included a good dose of the bitter oil from the skin, as usually happens with machine made OJ.

The eggs were dry and flavorless.

The bacon was the worst I have had in a long time and cooked just beyond the char stage. (It appeared it had been cooked under a weight, as it was dead flat.)

And, you ask, what about the hash browns? They must use the cheapest oil in the Western hemisphere. I won't say it was rancid, but the oil permeated the potatoes and left a strange, unpleasant aftertaste.

I ate maybe a third of what I was served and made a quick exit.

It was cheap, but like they say, you get what you pay for.

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