I can identify the giant pink flamingo outside of Cafe Hon in Hampden as one of the city’s icons, however Cafe Hon was always one of those spots I avoided like the plague. I hadn’t heard any great reviews about the place (they were on Kitchen Nightmares) and it just seemed like a tourist trap.
It’s worth noting that I own a deck of Baltimore’s City Dining Cards which are discounts for $10 at select restaurants around the city so we would need to head over to Cafe Hon eventually to use ours.
In order to use our dining card, we needed to hit a $30 minimum so we ordered a little more food than normal. We decided to start by splitting a Chocolate Milkshake. This was really nothing special, it lacked a lot of flavor and wasn’t thick like a milkshake should be. It was almost a chocolate milk.
For her meal, my roommate decided to order a waffle (she’s into basic things) however the waffle was also mediocre. It lacked flavor and wasn’t light and fluffy like a waffle should be.
I decided to try something a little different and get the Corned Beef Hash. I knew it wasn’t going to be as good as the one I loved at Woodberry Kitchen, but I decided to give it a try anyway. This dish came with homemade corned beef hash, two sunny-side up eggs, potatoes, toast, and fresh fruit. The eggs were cooked nicely (highlight of the meal) but the corned beef underneath was a little saltier than I would have preferred.
When we first placed our orders, my roommate ordered a Cinnamon HON Bun. The waitress actually forgot about this and we would have just left it that way if we didn’t need to hit the $30 minimum to use our dining card. The cinnamon bun was served at room temperature and tasted stale.
Between the mediocre food and a waitress that disappeared after taking our order (she didn’t come check on us once throughout the meal.) I don’t think I will be venturing back there anytime soon. It’s highly unlikely that the service will get any better and there’s food I’ve enjoyed significantly more elsewhere.
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