First full day in San Diego. We had decided many months ago that we would get Connor new bedding for his dorm rather than shipping from Hawaii. So first stop Macy's, Tutu had a coupon. These types of experiences really test the family dynamics as we all try to press our will. Me basics, cost. Mom, neutral. Tutu high fashion, "don't worry I've got a coupon". Connor says he doesn't care but seems to really only want "plain" no patterns or too much design. No need to stick out yet. Just get me "covered".
Went for a late breakfast. I found this place on Yelp. Hash House a Go Go, (a social media monster) this place is the "Hawaiian Style" of Hillcrest. They have come up with the master plan of social media marketing. Everyone just has to take a picture of their food and post it. Plates & portions are massive. Loaded with mostly unnecessary carbs. I first ordered the chicken and waffle plate, until I saw one. It was about a foot tall and looked like it would require a nap. With wayyyy Too much to do, I opted for the $15.95 Avocado Bacon Cheeseburger a double patty with a thin cheddar skirt. I have to say I really liked the firm sesame seed bun (although way too small for the size of the meat) which held together well. The beef was under seasoned for my taste but good quality and tasted fresh. Avo was old, brownish and "smushed", bacon was thick and chewy. Steak fries??? Not a huge fan. Plate was garnished with some sort of sauce and "bammed" a la Emeril Lagase with; of all things red and yellow peppers. Like I said it looks great from the other table.
Connor had the Biscuits & Gravy, OK, but just overkill. The biscuits were the size of softballs, on a thick bed of mashed potatoes. He is a solid eater and maybe got through a 3rd? This fresh watermelon lemonade drink was nice with another extravagant presentation.
Bigger isn't always better but giant portions and attractive presentations give the diner a sense of value. Then by posting your "pre-eaten" plate to your social media you are also giving your unequivocal endorsement and approval. This is a great formula for a busy restaurant, even if the food is just OK. As far as needing to eat for the next day or so..... ....you're covered from breakfast to bedding.
Check out our dinner visit to, Little Italy, tomorrow..
Cary Peterson Chef/Owner Kohala Burger & Taco Kohala Coast Catering