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Honey's Kettle - mixed review (long)

Sasha | Nov 15, 200501:17 PM

Yesterday I had lunch at Honey's for the first time. It's a nice looking place on Washington in Culver City, and was fairly full even around 130-230, while I was there w/s.o. The speakers were blaring music a bit too loudly for conversation, but a table in the middle of the room seemed to make it a little more tolerable.

Husband got the 2 piece lunch special, around $6.50, which came with fries and a biscuit. Can we say carbo-loading? Oil o.d? He said it was very tasty though. Having read the posts on the board first, I was suspicious when the cashier asked him what parts he preferred, anticipating a price hike that wasn't on the menu. They do disclose that 2 breasts cost an extra dollar. But he chose a leg and thigh, so no upgrade fee.

I opted for the fried chicken salad, trying to get away w/something a little healthier. This was about 2-3 cups of mixed veggies, primarily lettuce (including 2 or 3 baby green leaves that snuck in) but also bells, diced tomato, a couple cuke slices and mushroom slices, and a few little cauli florets. Nice, fresh too. Chopped up chicken strip on top, and dressing out of plastic squeeze pouch like you get at the fast food joints. So, the veggies were good and fresh, the chicken was delicious - moist inside, seasoned just right, crunchy outside, batter not too thick, and didn't taste too greasy.

The "mixed" part of my review is that they only put one smallish tender on my salad. For 3 cups of veggies. And it cost as much as the lunch special husband got. Now I know, I should have just gotten the chicken - that's what they do, right? But I really wanted a healthier option, and the salad tasted good! I just felt a bit ripped off. For $6.50, they could have put in two tenders or god forbid, even three. Especially since for the price, I could've gotten the tenders lunch special w/3 strips, fries, and a biscuit.

Speaking of the biscuit, it's a really nice idea but the execution was a bit lacking. They combine cornmeal w/the regular flour so it tastes halfway or more to cornbread, but light as air. What I didn't like was the incredibly overpowering taste of butter or margarine (I think the latter) in the biscuit. Not, there's margarine in the dough flavor, but we dunked the biscuit in melted margarine and then dried it out in the over for you. The flavor was too much, and verging even on artificial.

I'm sure I'll go again, but next time I'll stick with the fried chicken and get my greens elsewhere.

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