Restaurant Name: Honey Baked Ham & Cafe
Location: 3540 State Rd. 38 E., Suite 302 Lafayette, IN (map it)
Phone: (765) 449-1223
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches
Review: I was killing some time today and running some errands over on the east side by the mall and while driving through the strip mall where Kmart is I saw a sign that read “Honey Baked Ham”. I thought that was a strange kind of store to have – one that just sells ham. I then noticed some patio tables out front with a couple eating there, so I drove a little closer and saw the words “and cafe” tagged onto the sign.
And since it was lunch time, I pulled in and decided to try it out.
It was pretty dead inside, just me and the woman working. The restaurant was small with just a few tables. You order and pay at the counter and get your food in a box or a basket, depending on whether you are staying or taking it to go.
I asked the woman what was good and ended up choosing the “Classic Ham.” I figured I ought o try to the specialty. They have all kinds of sandwiches, not all ham. Turkey and roast beef too served on a variety of breads. The classic ham came on a croissant and was served with Swiss, lettuce and tomato, mayo and honey mustard. You could buy it alone or get it in a “box” which included a cookie, a side, and a drink.
I chose the box. The side choices are pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad, or pretzels. Cookies choices include chocolate chip, peanut butter and some others (I stopped reading at peanut butter. Sorry.) The sandwiches are made fresh and the basket it came in was quite nice, much better than the red plastic baskets you see a lot of places. The soda came in a can, they didn’t have fountain drinks.
I really liked my sandwich and the potato salad was okay. (I’m kind of a potato salad snob so take that with a grain of salt.) The peanut butter cookie was so rich I could barely finish it. Good, but rich.
Overall, it was better than I expected and I’m glad to know it’s not a ham sales store. They have been in business for 15 years and are a pretty big chain, but this is the only one in Lafayette and one of only 8 or 9 in Indiana.
Kid friendly: Yes
Price Range: $5 for a sandwich, $8 for a box