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Honeybaked Ham & Cafe – Portage

November 17, 2010

  • 5823 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 345-1199
  • Website
  • Menu

Every year for Christmas, J has gotten a gift certificate for Honeybaked Ham.  We always seem to throw it on the counter and forget about it.  Luckily, those certificates are always good for a year, so when we find it in November, we can still take advantage of it.

After a trip to the Secretary of State’s office to get our address updated on our driver’s license, we headed across town for lunch.  Sure, we could have just went to the Portage SOS, but I wasn’t thinking and we went to the Stadium Drive location.

Honeybaked Ham Cafe is on Westnedge just to the south of I-94.  If it wasn’t for the large sign and LCD display out front, you would never know this building housed a restaurant.  It doesn’t have much curb appeal other than the signs assuring you that this is a retail location.

The parking lot is in the back and you enter off Westnedge and go down an one way alley to a large surface lot.  The entrance to the building is along the side where the alley is. 

Not really sure what the front of the building is or is going to be used for but there is definitely construction happening.  The cafe is actually to your right when you walk through the door.

The cafe portion is all the way to the right while the seating is near the door.  The retail floor is filled with high end snacks, ingredients and other pantry items.

We headed to the cafe order area and started looking over the menu which is taped to the sneeze guard.  There is also the same menu posted above the counter area, but it’s a little harder to read all the ingredients on each sandwich.

Each year, J gets a $50 gift certificate and, of course, it has to be spent on one trip.  The way we usually do it is to each get a boxed lunch then stock up on sliced meats.

I found a sandwich first, so the lone clerk started with me.  I ordered the Prime Roast Beef.  The sandwich is served cold with roast beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomtao, horseradish sauce, red onion, and spicy mustard on a croissant.  I left off the tomato, onion, and horseradish sauce then went ahead and upgraded my lunch to a box lunch which included a cookie, chips, and a drink.  The sandwich was really good mostly because of the choice of bread.  On regular white bread, this sandwich would have been alright, but it was made that much better with the croissant.  There was a perfect amount of mustard and the roast beef was juicy and tender.  The chips were ordinary Lay’s and the pop was a can of Pepsi, but the cookie appeared to be fresh baked it was a soft and chewy chocolate chip that inspired me to make my own cookies later in the evening.

J ordered the Southwest Turkey Ole which is served toasted.  It takes two of my favorite meats, Honeybaked’s own ham, smoked turkey, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, and a chipotle mayo on a Ciabatta roll.  She said the banana peppers were delicious and as was the bread.  J’s not always a fan of a lot of meat on the sandwich and she had no complaints about this sandwich.  She also went with a boxed lunch but chose potato salad instead of chips.

Our bill at that point was about $20.  We added on a pound of sliced Smoked Turkey and a pound of sliced Honeybaked Ham for a little over $12 a piece.  We were still about $6 bucks short, so J grabbed a jar of a gourmet mustard off the shelf to bring it within a quarter.  She told the clerk it was close enough at that point.

Honeybaked Ham is a once a year treat for us.  I won’t deny the fact that the food is delicious, but it’s really expensive.   $12/lb for sliced meat is about double what I like to pay.  It’s so worth it, but it’s not something we can afford regularly.  We look forward to that time of year when we actually remember that we have a gift certificate laying around.

Prime Roast Beef

Southwest Turkey Ole

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