“Ooh-ahh” is the expected reaction to 4th of July fireworks. But you are likely to say the same thing at first sight of Hash House A Go Go’s brown sugar banana pancake – a golden flapjack the size of a monster truck tire, and a lot better tasting.

There are two Hash Houses – one in San Diego, the other in Las Vegas. We tried the Nevada one first and, remembering the pancake we loved but couldn’t finish, we went to the San Diego outlet to see if the food is just as good and plentiful. It is.

An old potato chip ad said, “Bet you can’t eat just one.” They meant their chips were so good, taste one and you can’t resist having more.

Well, at Hash House A Go Go, “bet you can’t eat just one” has the reverse meaning. The food is so good you will want to keep eating but most orders could feed two hungry diners.

We’ve only had breakfast at these bustling, faux roadhouse eateries. But I assume the lunches and dinners are just as big, original and tasty.

The breakfast menu includes corned beef hash plus hashes featuring meatloaf, pork tenderloin, smoked fresh salmon, artichoke hearts and other ingredients.

There are a bunch of scrambles and five Benedicts including one of my breakfast favorites – Andy’s sage fried chicken Benedict. (Really).

You will find much, much more. Check out their website for the full menu and tempting food photos.

This neighborhood restaurant has won a lot of awards including San Diego Magazine’s Best Breakfast 2009, People’s Choice Award. No wonder you see so many people waiting for tables during peak dining hours.

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