1002 W 36TH St, Baltimore, MD | Directions 2121139.331187 -76.632927
Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm; Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-8pm
Food OK, Service Bad – I used to eat at Cafe Hon quite a bit and the food and service used to be good. However, the last time I ate there made me decide to never go back. Myself and my dining partner were the 2nd people on the waiting list. 17 people entered the restaurant after us. The owner of the place stepped in to manage the crowd and sat all 17 people ahead of us. She quite obviously ignored us and proceeded to rearrange chairs and tables to seat the larger parties who arrived after us. We would have been OK with having to wait if she had only acknowledged us and offered a free drink or dessert as compensation. She did neither and refused to even look at us though she could see we were clearly not pleased. We complained to the Hostess after the owner disappeared and she basically said too bad. To add insult to injury, when we were finally seated and our order taken, it took over an hour to get our food and the food was not very good. We were not the only disgruntled diners. A large party next to us were quite unhappy and had several meals removed from their bill. I would not necessarily discourage people from going here but would suggest getting there before the dinner crowd and if you arrive and the place is crowded, leave and go to another restaurant.
good but pricey – Food was good, but way too expensive. We each had a hamburger with french fries and two beers. The total came to $38. A little ridiculous for Hampden. But there is nowhere else down there to eat so people line up every night willing to pay high prices for good home style food and average portions. I was there on a sunday night and they had to turn people away. If you are hungry and in Hampden for some reason then it's your best bet. Otherwise, not worth the effort.
Like a scene from a John Waters film, this clanging restaurant is a home-cooked slice of old "Bawlmer." – The Scene
Yellow walls with blue-green trim. Red flamingo lamps placed on shelves above dinette sets. Tacky teacup chandeliers with candle-shaped lightbulbs. As soon as you enter beneath the grotesque 5-foot-tall caricature heads of the Hon Girls, you know you're in Hon Territory. At least the waitresses don't look like the scary women on the menus!
Cafe Hon serves the kind of food mom used to make, only better. Large portions of meatloaf, pork chops, chicken Parmesan, crab cakes and salmon taste home-cooked. Practically everything comes with real mashed potatoes or famous Hon fries--don't miss them topped with chili, cheese and onions. Cold, hot and grilled sandwiches and burgers are also available.
A little slice of Hampden – Outstanding comfort food! We took a group of out-of-towners to Cafe Hon- they all loved it. Great selection for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (their pies are outstanding). The bar usually has decent happy hour specials (last time they had $1.00 Natty Boh), and the staff is nothing short of
Not Impressed – Trying TOO hard to be kitschy and for what you get, I would consider this not a good value. It's a tourist trap!
It's the best Hon! – Gingerbread pancakes, fresh muffins, friendly waitresses, great service. It's perfect for Sunday brunch with friends or the in-laws.
Hon-tastic! – A fantastic remnant of old Baltimore- with a cool modern twist. Old-fashioned favorites (creamed chipped beef, anyone?) and hummus on the same menu! Excellent brunches- mimosas and Old Bay bloody marys rule! Some of the friendliest waitstaff in the greater Baltimore area.
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