The Snooty Fox - Laguna Hills
Ah, the proper egg breakfast. It's probably a good thing that I don't have time most mornings to sit down and eat one. It is the kind of food more suited to a weekend afternoon, when I've already taken a shower and have some sort of activity lined up that doesn't entail sitting like a lump in front of a computer for 8 hours.
These are the kind of meals served at The Snooty Fox: lumberjack fuel, mounds of morning food that taste great going down but served in portions that aren't designed for sedentary lives.
Besides that, corned beef hash seems to taste way better when you don't have to go to work later. And what corned beef hash this is!
Is there such a thing as bad corned beef hash? This one is particularly great. Crisped on the edges like lace, pudding-like throughout, the dish, in my opinion, is better than bacon, sausage, or heck, corned beef itself--about the only canned meat product (other than Spam) that trumps anything fresh.
And here, they serve it under a perfectly cooked egg, and next to a nest of hash browns or the house "Those Potatoes" (which are hash browns with bits of onion and peppers in it) that are so crispy, it's almost like eating a Godzilla latke.
The Snooty Fox has been around forever. The name seems to come from a time when The Velvet Turtle and the like were on top of the food chain. The furniture looks like it's from your grandma's dining room, and the servers are, if I'm not mistaken, actual grannies.
The place is not unlike those Midwest diners where the regulars are harassed by politicians on campaign trail photo-ops to show they're men of the people. But the food is great, made with care and from scratch, and every plate is still garnished with a sprig of parsley and brought out seconds from the stove on which they're cooked.
They have this permanent special called the Spinach Delite, and it's indeed delightful, a 3-egg behemoth filled with spinach, mushrooms, bacon and gilded inside and out with cheese. The spinach is steamy, fresh, probably the best spinach I've had outside of a Chinese restaurant stir-fry, and perhaps even better than that.
The Snooty Fox
23028 Lake Forest Dr.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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