There is an informal tradition among Baltimore waitresses to address customers as 'Hon' (pronounced to rhyme with ... More
There is an informal tradition among Baltimore waitresses to address customers as 'Hon' (pronounced to rhyme with 'bun.') Over the years, the term has come to symbolize the town's casual hospitality` and as such, it suits this friendly cafe perfectly. Located in Hampden, it has the ambiance of a suburban kitchen circa 1955, and the menu fits the decor just right. Dishes like Four Cheese Lasagna and 'Much Better Than Mom's' Meatloaf are guaranteed to stick to your ribs, and the Crab cake Platter does Baltimore proud.
While not the finest diner food in the land, Hon, stands out for quality ingredients, friendly service and interesting decor. Our most recent visit consisted of Hon Salad with Chicken Salad, a blue cheese burger with real blue cheese chunks, Chile, french fries and cole slaw. We were too full for dessert.
All were perfectly prepared, if mundane, but the Hon salad - meaning the addition of feta cheese and bacon bits, stood out a unique dish. The best thing about the burger was the large chunks of good blue cheese. The Chile was flavorfull, though not too hot. The french fries were excellent.
The decor was a collection of styles, from traditional mid 20th century posters, a collection of Fiesta are tea pots, odd toys and so forth. The most fun was the souveneer counter that had the usual trinkes - key chains, coffee mugs and glasses supplemented with Baltimore trademark kitch - giant beehive hairdo wigs in articial hair and more humorously rubber (actually a cone head bathing cap). There was also a selection of silly toys.
No pink flamingoes inside, though there's a giant one attached to the building facade.
Don't let this make you think it's a tourist trap, the ornamentation is there for mood, and isn't phony.