Let’s say you were on a mission to uncover the best places in Portland for breakfast. Would you a) Google it; b) head to The Pearl; or c) hire a brunch sherpa? While Google may result in an array of choices and The Pearl may suffice, the correct answer is C. Why? Because hiring a brunch sherpa […] Read More
This description in Jam’s menu piqued my curiosity: “We slow cook huge briskets of corned beef in beer (yes beer!).” Two of my favorite things combined? In a scrumptious potato hash? Yes, please! So off to SE Hawthorne we drove from the burbs, crossing the “humming” bridge, a.k.a. Hawthorne Bridge, and its steel-grated decks. If you modulate speed correctly, it sounds like “O Canada,” but I digress.
I loved the vibe at Jam Cafe & Arthouse, aptly named for the music, the Miles Davis poster, and the painted mini-slats of wood arrayed along the west wall in spectral order. Did I just type spectral? I meant colors in the order of the rainbow, but most certainly not a double rainbow, vivid or otherwise.
Now down to business. The corned beef hash was very flavorful – the malty-caramel flavor of the beer-infused corned beef came through. Mixed in with hashed browns, peppers and topped with two over-easy eggs, my hashcapade was simply delicious. If you’re hungry, this is the place to go. The portions are very, very generous, which means you can share or you can expect to take some home for later. Leftover hash. Is that redundant? Discuss.
While we ate, Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones started playing, which was how I felt, “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away” from Jam. I’ll definitely have to return to try Brian’s Hash – spicy sausage hash that the waiter recommended that I must try. Oh, and don’t forget a little Secret Aardvark Sauce made from habaneros to spice things up, right @LizzyDishes?!