The Great Scotia Square Hashbrown Challenge
When I started this blog, I really wanted to use it as an outlet to answer the tough questions. Questions like, which restaurant in town has the best eggs benny? Or, which is better: waffles or pancakes? And also this pressing quandary: Which fast food place in the Scotia Square foodcourt has the best hashbrown?
Of course, I am but one person. And to properly conduct such an important experiment, it was important to have more than just my opinion, so I enlisted a special guest to help in the quest. We'll call her Stacey and she loves hashbrowns and was able to make it out at the early hour of 8am on a Friday morning before work to offer up her tastebuds. Thanks, Stacey!
First things first.
Q: Why Scotia Square?
A: Because it offers three different fast food hashbrown options under one roof: McDonald's, A&W, and Tim Hortons.
We judged on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most favourable and 1 being the least.
Our criteria was:
Freshness: Was this a fresh 'brown or had it been sitting around for awhile.
Crispiness: Was there a crunch when you bit in, or did it just kind of sag.
Grease: Was the bag see-through after? Depending on your preference—or degree of hangover—this one could be a positive or negative.
Overall taste: Did it have a decent flavour? Or was it just kind of meh.
Freshness: 9/10 (tasted not 100% cooked?)
Grease: 5/10 (too much grease)
Freshness: 7/10 (even though I had to wait while they made them?)
Flavour: 4/10 (what even is this?!)
Stacey: Tim Horton's
Freshness: 5/10 (hella overcooked)
Flavour: 6/10 (I mean, it's still a hashbrown)
DejeunEH: Tim Hortons
There you have it folks. While I found the A&W hashbrown to be a bit of an insult to the good name hashbrown, Stacey thought it was the best of the bunch. Where I enjoyed the crispiness and slightly overcooked nature of the Tim Horton's patty, Stacy found that not to her liking. In summary: if you're eating a hashbrown, it's probably delicious because it's a damn hashbrown.