This Saturday, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to one of our favorite breakfasts sides: Mom’s Ham Hash at Mom’s Restaurant in downtown Chico, CA. I don’t usually go for a big breakfast but I occasionally enjoy a cup of super-charged coffee and hashed up potatoes with onions and ham, with a few polka dots of Tabasco sauce sprinkled on the top, crispy layer.
This Saturday, we arrived to find a subtly changed menu. Since the Ham Hash isn’t on the list of sides, I had to hunt to find the dish they come with to make sure they still had them, when I noticed they were now offering gluten-free pancakes. GLUTEN-FREE PANCAKES! I have to admit, I’ve never ordered them in a restaurant because I don’t tend to like pancakes that much, nor do I like maple-flavored syrup. But today, this just sounded irresistible. So I ordered them.
And for the first time in a decade, I was delivered a plate of pancakes in a restaurant. It was thrilling for me on a level I don’t know how to explain to someone who hasn’t gone without something so basic for a large chunk of their life. Plus, they were DELICIOUS! And they had this nice, fragrant mild almond flavor, leading me to believe they were made with some part almond flour and scratching the itch I had yesterday for a forbidden almond croissant. Plus, nearly six hours later, I am still full!
I’m excited to finally have a new breakfast option in Chico! And the Ham Hash? It was good – but it just didn’t pack the same excitement the gluten-free pancakes did. I hope they get more positive feedback about their stacks, soon, because I want to see this seemingly nutrient-dense item on the menu for a long time to come.