100 Favorite Dishes 2015: No. 100, Corned Beef Hash and Eggs at House of Pies
Corned beef hash with two eggs over medium and "cottage fries" at House of Pies at 6142 Westheimer.
Photo by Phaedra Cook
Phaedra Cook is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes of 2015. It's a collection of personal favorites that is also indicative of Houston dining. It's a scene where a vast range of dishes coexist: highbrow and lowbrow; local and international; cheap and expensive; modern cuisine and beloved tenets -- and everything in between.
Like someone you just met at a bar, the corned beef hash at House of Pies undergoes a magical transformation. After midnight, it just seems more and more attractive.
There's a secret to ordering it, though. Tell them to "burn it" or at least make it well-done. Corned beef hash is best when it's left on the griddle until it gets a dark, crunchy crust. No one likes mushy hash.
The perfect partners are two eggs over medium (or sunny-side up, your choice), House of Pies' "cottage fries," which is the restaurant's code for "tater tots," and an English muffin. Break the egg yolks. Mix a bit with the hash and swipe up any remaining yolk with the English muffin.
In the daytime, the dish is pretty good, but after a long night out, it really hits the spot. The people-watching is outstanding, too, with a constant parade of couples, dude-bros, police officers, besties and strippers who just got off work with the guys they suckered into buying breakfast. It's a full-fledged entertainment package that will keep you coming back when you find yourself out after midnight.
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