When I informed my husband that I was reviewing The Honey Baked Ham Company, he assumed I would be bringing home a giant spiral cut ham. Not so! I assured him the restaurant offers much more than hams. The cozy café tucked into the Plaza Park shopping center in Severna Park is actually a good spot for a lunch date or quick business meeting with a colleague.
I popped into the restaurant on a frigid Tuesday afternoon and perused the menu. The staff was friendly and patient as they waited for me to decide. I chose a family dinner that featured two pounds of meat, along with two sides and rolls – all for $39.
Also, I ordered my lunch — “The Honeybaked" sandwich with potato salad and a cookie. The sandwich featured smoked honey baked ham on a toasted ciabatta roll, with melted Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes and my favorite part — crisp pickles and crispy onions, and all topped with zesty mustard. The ham was tender and flavorful, but not quite the sweet Easter or Christmas ham taste I anticipated. But it was a satisfying sandwich. I enjoyed all the textures and the fusion of flavors.
The potato salad, in a tiny container, was average and nothing to "write home about."
You can, however, get excited about the homemade macadamia white chocolate cookie, which was dense but soft, with a satisfying, rich and sweet chocolate flavor. It was one of those desserts for which you need only a bite. Or perhaps two.
The family sized dinner I took home to prepare was delicious and a super deal! You can choose two pounds of meat — I picked a pound of ham and a pound of turkey. The dinner came with two sides, and there are plenty to pick from: Tuscan-style broccoli, country cornbread stuffing, double cheddar macaroni and cheese, russet mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes au gratin, roasted turkey gravy, and honey baked beans in addition to my choices – loaded smashed potatoes and baked cinnamon apples. Additionally, you get a package of Hawaiian rolls.
It really is a lot of food, intended for four to six diners. Depending on how thick you want your sandwiches, I think you could easily feed six or more!
The sides can be prepared in the oven or microwave, which I chose. It took about 12 minutes altogether for each dish.
The ham in the family meal was more of the classic sweet ham flavor I was expecting, and the turkey was smokey and delicious. The loaded smashed potatoes were flavorful, with cheese and bacon, but they were dry and had some extra crunchy spots (I do like well-done, extra crunchy myself, but it's not for everyone).
The apples were of the good old-fashioned sugary and syrupy variety and soft but not mushy, with some cinnamon flavoring (I would prefer more). They would be wonderful if poured while still warm over some vanilla ice cream. I would have eaten the entire family size serving if I didn't have to consider my waist size.
Dine-in, order online for curbside pickup, or stop by the store to shop. Choose from a variety of ham or turkey sandwiches, salads, soups, and other offerings. You can upgrade to a sandwich box that includes salad or chips, and a cookie to go with the sandwich.
In addition to family dinners, there are special-occasion meals, specialty cakes and more.
The meal I purchased, intended for a family of four to six, was $39. The lunch was about $10. Altogether very affordable.
Peruse the menu and stop in for lunch or pick up a quick, filling and inexpensive take-home family meal. The food falls into the “comfort food” variety, and who doesn’t need comfort food these chilly days?
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