Beautiful Las Vegas. Sin City. There is nothing quite like driving hours through the barren desert and finally seeing the sparkling lights of this gem of a city in the distance. In a town known for it’s Elvis impersonators, Prostitution, and Money, there is another gem called Hash House A Go Go.
During a business trip, I had the opportunity to finally get out and experience it for myself. I had heard several people talk about this place and we decided to give it a try. It was a Thursday night and we took a drive to find this place. I had tried to get in on other occasions, but they were always SLAMMED. Coming on a Thursday night seemed to work out perfectly. I was amazed that we got in right away and were seated at the bar.
Exploring their menu, I found a wide assortment of food, not just breakfast items. Some of the best things on the menu were things like their Chicken Pot Pie, Burgers, and even a Pork Tenderloin the size of your head. Now I had heard about their most famous dish, Chicken and Waffles and had to experience that for myself.
Before we got our main dish, we were greeted with the most amazing Biscuits covered in Honey Butter. They certainly know how to make a mean biscuit. My wife would LOVE these things.
When the plates came out I had to pick up my jaw from the floor. Stacked on 3 pieces of golden waffles was 2 huge pieces of Fried Chicken. Surrounding the waffles was a beautiful bed of fried Green Onion, which I thought was a great touch. They have the Nashville Hot version, which added a nice kick to the otherwise super sweet and savory dish.
How did it taste?
Trying to deconstruct the masterpiece was a difficult task, but each bite was worth it. With each bite, I was getting all three flavor profiles. The super sweet with the Maple Syrup, the Savory with the golden fried chicken, and the spicy with the Nashville Hot. It honestly could not be any better.
My only regret this whole visit was the fact that I could not try another 10 items on this unique menu. I guess that will have to wait until next time Hash House.
There is a new dessert player in Davis County and man is it a good one. DoughCo has opened its third location at Station Park in Farmington and man did we love it!
Making cookies with Grandma has always been met with claims that you’ll get sick if you eat that raw cookie dough. I never believed her. Maybe it is an old wives tale? Well, fret no more, because you can now get your cookie dough fix at DoughCo without the stern lecture.
Found on the west side of Station Park, right next to Blaze Pizza, this small shop offers the best desserts in Davis County. You think im kidding? Check this out.
In addition to having a whole slew of cookie dough flavors, they have a million ways to serve it, they even have ice cream and for those little fur babies, a cup of their cookie dough made especially for dogs. How awesome!
What kind of Dough do they have at DoughCo?
Served a bunch of different ways and with a BUNCH of cool flavors. Here are some of the flavors they keep on tap:
Oreo Thin Mint *My personal favorite!
Cookies n’ Cream (Vegan)
Lemon Crunch (Vegan)
Gluten Free Options
They even have monthly flavors, for example, Mint Chocolate Chip for the month of March and Red Velvet for February.
Now you can get these awesome flavors a variety of different ways including my personal favorite, the Half-Baked. They throw the dough in the oven for a few minutes to get nice and warm and top it with your pick of ice cream and whipped cream. It comes in two sizes, both of which I can polish off by myself.
They also have shakes, and cups for the more classic cookie dough lovers.
Being that this is currently a Utah only company you may be asking…”WHAT DO I DO WHEN I MOVE OUT OF STATE??”
Well you are in luck…DoughCo ships their dough nationwide! Not all flavors are available, so make sure you check before placing that order.
So if you are in the mood for a delicious new and hip joint to crash on Friday nights or want to take the family for a classic treat, make sure to check out DoughCo.
Here in Utah, we aren’t known for much more than green Jell-O, funeral potatoes and polygamy. But there is a new kid in town. R&R BBQ has come in like a wrecking ball and re-ignited the food revolution on the Wasatch Front. Come check out the Best BBQ Joint in Utah, R&R BBQ.
Best BBQ in Utah
Founded by Rod and Roger Livingston as a hobby, they entered into competition BBQ and haven’t looked back. After winning several BBQ championships, they decided to open up their own restaurants. In a few short years, they have opened 7 restaurants and continue their rise to the top. Their whole philosophy has been “No Shortcuts.” From the quality of their meats to the preparation and execution of each plate, that philosophy is apparent.
Before you even see the restaurant coming up, you can definitely smell it. The mouthwatering smell of smoked meats surrounds each store and makes you crave it even more. Entering each location is an adventure in and of itself.
Staples in the arsenal for any BBQ joint is the Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sausages. But their most famous dish would have to be their Caveman Burger.
The Caveman Burger
Filled with smoked sausage, pulled pork, jack cheese, fried jalapeños, and topped with your choice of BBQ sauce, you will have to unhinge your jaw like a python to fit it in your mouth. Bursting with smokey goodness, it is BBQ perfection.
If you aren’t in the mood for a delicious burger, you can order the meats by the pound. Each item on their menu is heaven on a plate. Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, boneless chicken thighs, smoked chicken, and St. Louis Spare Ribs. My personal preference is the 3 meat plate with Brisket, Sausage, and pulled chicken. You also cannot go wrong with their Brisket Tacos and Nachos.
So if you are in the mood for some great food, good smells, and a friendly atmosphere, go check out R&R BBQ. Find the nearest one on their website and check out their menu.
One of my many weaknesses is the gift from the Mexican gods, Tacos. I cannot get enough of them. Off the street cart, in fancy restaurants, on my lunch breaks, I can’t seem to quench my thirst for tacos. When I went and visited my brother in Texas, I asked my brother what the best taco joint in the state is. Without hesitation, he yelled Torchy’s Tacos, and we were in the car.
The outside of the place isn’t anything spectacular. Simple signage of Torchy’s Tacos with an awesome logo of a little devil with a pitchfork and a sign that says Damn Good Tacos. When you walk in, you are bombarded with smells and smiles from everyone. The menu is a little intimidating, so here is a little guide to get you going.
They have Tacos (Duh!)
Here are some of my favorites
The Tipsy Chick
Chicken Fajita, Fresh Spinach, Grilled Corn, Green Chiles & Freshly grated Cheddar Cheese with Chipotle Sauce on a Flour Tortilla. Comes with a side of Bacon Bourbon Marmalade.
The Green Chile Pork
Slow-Roasted Pork Carnitas simmered with green chiles and topped with Cotija cheese, onions, cilantro and a lime wedge with Tomatillo Sauce on a corn tortilla.
Grilled Jalapeno sausage, Pico de Gallo and freshly grated Cheddar Jack Cheese with Poblano Sauce on a Flour Tortilla.
The Trailer Park
Hand-Battered and Fried Chicken, Green Chiles, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, and Freshly Grated Cheddar Jack Cheese with Poblano Sauce on a Flour Tortilla. You can get it Trashy, which means you substitute the lettuce for Queso (a win-win)
Smoked Beef Brisket with Grilled Onions, Jalapenos, Cilantro, Fresh Avocado and freshly grated Jack Cheese with Tomatillo Sauce on a corn tortilla.
What about the sides?
I was just getting to that!
Delicious Queso with a big helping of Chorizo!
Chips and Salsa
If you aren’t into Queso, check out their chips and salsa with one of the best salsa’s I have ever tasted.
The place is pretty packed most of the day, probably because everyone knows where to get the best tacos. One more unique thing about them is that they include craft sodas to their soda fountains. I don’t think that I have had a better Root Beer. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself!
If you are in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, or Arkansas (as of 1/31/19) going to check out Torchy’s Tacos is a MUST. They are always coming up with new items and new ways of doing things. They are a perfect example of taking one thing and making it better. They use fresh ingredients and do not skimp on the seasoning. Their conquest across the country has just started. Look for them coming to your neck of the woods soon (We hope!)
Growing up in Southern California, you kind of take for granted the amazing things that happen around you. Access to major sports teams, minutes away from the beach, and all around you AMAZING food. One of those places I didn’t start appreciating until I had moved away was The Hat.
Currently with 11 locations throughout Southern California, The Hat has been around since 1951. They have other things that are delicious, but nothing compares to their World Famous Pastrami sandwich. And what pairs with that World Famous Pastrami sandwich? Thats right, a monster order of their Onion Rings. Officially called the Pastrami Dip, it is served on a huge french bread roll with mustard and pickles. The holy trinity of Pastrami.
The feel of each of their restaurants is a nod to the golden age of diners. Neon lights and vintage fixtures and booths complete the ambiance. You order at the counter and everything is wrapped to-go. They do not skimp on the portions either. Each sandwich has more than enough meat and they practically fill the rest of the brown bag with Onion Rings.
The next time you are in Southern California, make sure to check out The Hat World Famous Pastrami. Get the Pastrami Dip with Onion Rings. You will not be disappointed.
What the world needs more of is little french bakeries that delivers world class paistries to the masses. That is what you find at Gourmandise the Bakery. I decided to take my mother here for her birthday. She had heard great things about this place and we wanted to give it a try.
Utah isn’t really known for its food scene, but that is slowly changing thanks to Gourmandise. Originally started over 30 years ago with their downtown location, they recently branched out to beautiful Draper, UT. The location of the Draper store is a bit of a pain to get to but I would say worth the hassle.
The first impressions of Gourmandise are that they have done an excellent job with the overall feel of the building. When you walk in, you can see the goods on display. Their piece de resistance is the Kouign Amannn (Queen Ah-mawn, yes I had to google that pronunciation). Served several different ways, this caramelized layered pastry (like a croissant) is the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
In addition to having a wonderful paistry selection, they have a great Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch menu (I was here in the morning and that is all I saw) . They also have a dinner menu that I will have to check out next time. With so many choices, it was hard to find out exactly what I wanted. The omlettes, the french toast creations, the sandwiches. I eventually settled on the Classic Rueben sandwich.
The one thing that I wish was better was the service. There were some issues with me not getting my food with the rest of the table (waited 10 minutes for my food to arrive after my table had and having to remind the server of one of the paistries we had ordered. Just a mild annoyance, nothing that should be a reflection of the restaurant as a whole.
Mother had the Brioche French Toast, my beautiful bride had the blueberry scone.
Each one was amazing. After our meal we were able to sit and admire the atmosphere and thank our lucky stars that the food scene in Utah is changing for the better.