There are just some dishes that are synonymous with New England that everyone who comes here has to try. While you likely have had corned beef in one form or another at some point in your life, wherever you come from, you probably haven’t had it the way we do it here at our lunch café in Rhode Island. Rachel’s Café is a popular South County Commons café that serves a wide range of real food and craveable menu items for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Some of our most famous dishes include a healthy helping of our housemade corned beef. Yes, you read that right: housemade corned beef. So whether you are hungry for a classic corned beef Reuben melt or if you are ready to dig in and try some of our corned beef hash, you can get it all here at Rachel’s Café in South Kingstown.
What is Corned Beef Hash?
If you have never had corned beef hash, you are in for a treat! This dish is so beloved and well-known, a real part of the American cuisine experience. There is even a National Corned Beef Hash Day, which occurs every year on September 27th. You can celebrate it at Rachel’s lunch café in Rhode Island any day of the year and enjoy it for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. The origin of this dish is a celebration of food conservation and preservation. It first became popular in the post-World War II era, when meat was scarce and home cooks worked hard to prevent food waste and stretch leftovers to other meals. The history of this dish can be quite sketchy, with some historians claiming that it dates back to England in the 14th Century or that it was brought to America by Jewish immigrants in the late 19th Century.
While there are many stories about how the words corned beef came into being, the term hash has been used for centuries to describe dishes that use sliced or chopped leftover meat. Most of the hash recipes that exist, both with a housemade corned beef and without, use a combination of diced meat, onions, potatoes, and spices. In America, the term “corned” comes from the use of large kernels of salt, which resemble corn, as a means to remove the moisture from the beef. This was a way to preserve the meat, prevent bacteria growth, and help it to last for a more extended period of time. Cooks had to get creative when it came to ingredients in the days before refrigeration and modern canning methods were available.
Housemade Corned Beef All Day
When you come to Rachel’s South County Commons café, you can get our housemade corned beef for any meal of the day. We serve it in the morning with our breakfast menu, either as a side dish or in a starring role. Our popular Hash Bowl features corned beef hash topped with two poached eggs served Benedict-style with Hollandaise sauce and a bed of baby spinach with your choice of toast, English muffin, or another type of toasted bread. You can get a Corned Beef Benedict for a true Eggs Benedict delight that includes two toasted English muffins, our housemade corned beef hash, spinach, two eggs, and Hollandaise sauce.
If you want something a little unique, ask about our Hash Omelette, made with corned beef hash and spinach. You could go classic and enjoy a Corned Beef Reuben Melt from our lunch menu, which includes Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on a delicious grilled marble rye toast. Served with French fries or your choice of other popular sides, and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal at our lunch café in Rhode Island. Check out our other offerings as well, featuring our Butcher’s Blend burgers, made with a blend of Angus Chuck, Short Rib, and Brisket and served on a toasted Brioche bun. Whatever you’re craving, you can find something delicious and new at Rachel’s café in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Visit our breakfast, brunch, and lunch café in Rhode Island seven days a week. You can call our team at 401-783-7888 or use our online order option to put in a pick-up order ahead of your visit. Located on South County Commons Road in South Kingstown, Rachel’s Café is also known for having the best coffee in all of Rhode Island!