The Brunch Dish: The Corned Beef Hash at Vincent

The Brunch Dish

Reviews of brunch dishes.


[Photograph: Anna Deem]

Even a seasoned brunch professional like myself can screw up sometimes. Case in point: I know I reviewed the corned beef hash at 2 Sparrows last week, and yet at Vincent in Andersonville I found myself staring at the phrase "the best" printed on the menu next to the corned beef hash ($12). The best! Then a table of four women next to me all ordered the dish, and I couldn't resist; I had to repeat a brunch dish.

Vincent's corned beef is braised for 12 hours, a fact that is clearly evident in its dense smoky and salty flavor. The meat is contrasted by fluffy Yukon Gold potatoes, which are so soft that they basically fall apart in your mouth even before you bite down. Helping pull everything together were two runny sunny-side up eggs, which, when poked, dripped down and coated each component of the dish. I'm not sure whether it really is the best version in town, but this did prove that sometimes a repeat is necessary.


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