The clientele at Fleetwood Diner on any weekend morning is a motley crew. You’ll find disheveled college students nursing hangovers, third shifters getting a post-work meal, hurried families trying to sneak in breakfast before a soccer game and probably some folks with the munchies who wandered over from the dispensary across the street (where you can buy an entirely different form of hippie hash). But they are all looking for the same thing: the culinary comfort of diner food. And the best version of that on Fleetwood’s menu is the Hippie Hash.
This dish features a generous generous portion of hash browns topped with grilled green peppers, onions, tomatoes, broccoli and mushrooms. Then, to top it off, Fleetwood covers it in crumbled feta cheese. I normally order the Original Hippie Breakfast, which adds two eggs and toast. (I get the beefy Texas toast and order my eggs sunny-side up so I can dip the toast in the runny yolk, but that’s just me.)
If you’re feeling carnivorous, you can add meat to your Hippie Hash or go for the Meaty Hippie Breakfast, which swaps out the hash browns for corned beef hash. I rarely add meat — the dish is fantastic without it — but every once in a while I feel a little Greek and add gyro meat.
But don’t feel like you need to have a hangover to enjoy the Hippie Hash. It’s also great for brinner, the unfortunately underappreciated meal of breakfast foods for dinner.
Fleetwood Diner Open 24 hours daily 2211 S. Cedar St., Lansing ((517) 267-7606, thefleetwooddiner.com
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