When I first heard about Brunch opening, I was a bit skeptical, considering your restaurant's food HAS to be good with a name like that. Turns out it actually was bomb... Find out why in my latest Uncut Food Episode!
Honey Pie, pitted in a row of restaurants located on 2643 S Kinnickinnic Ave in Bay View, was the subject of my party's visit on Sunday afternoon. Having had their pie before and hearing a lot of good things about this restaurant led me to this spot. Likewise, I have been to Comet Cafe a ton and Palomino once so it seemed appropriate to finally visit their not too distant cousin in Honey Pie.
When arriving to Honey Pie, there is a pig plastered on the window outside of the window, serving as Honey Pie's logo, but I did question the choice of it considering a lot of their options do not seem to be pork based. My party and I asked our server a few questions, and specifically wanted to know more about Honey Pie's logo choice. To our dismay, the waiter actually did not know the answer to this question despite working there for almost five years. Although judging a restaurant based on a simple question like this one seems bit trivial, one would expect an employee who has worked at Honey Pie for multiple years to know the answer to a question related to the company's brand.
As my party and I sat down, we began to take in Honey Pie's ambiance, and it was a blend of both old and new, with dark black lined walls, maps and other unique fixtures and decor that resembled an older bar. Wooden seats and tables filled the restaurant and added to Honey Pie's old school feel while the lighting also added to this retro feel. Now that I have taken a look the restaurant, let's move on to the food.
My dish was a veggie grinder, which included mushrooms, tofu hummus (it was good so back off), asparagus, mixed greens among other things, all between two ciabatta rolls. This sandwich was outstanding and seasoned well, but the vegetables could have been cut more precisely. The corn muffins that Thasia and I ate were succulent, moist, and buttery. Paired with strawberry jam and whipped butter made for a filing appetizer. Thasia and John were somewhat pleased with their chicken biscuit pies, (read below) and we all agreed that Honey Pie was not too shabby in the comfort food category. Although I might give the nod to Comet Cafe upon first glance, it was a pretty good eating experience. (To be fair, I have not had brunch yet and need to try a few more options.)
I hate cherries unless they are in some type of ice cream, but I opted to try out Honey Pie's only fruit pie available that day, cherry pie. My fist couple of bites tasted like cherry overload, but I can honestly say that it was a sweet dish and not too tart. If I had to eat it again, I totally would with some vegan ice cream. John opted for key lime pie, and he said he loved this choice. Next time I might have to try a different pie option, as the graham cracker crust and whipped cream was something I missed. I asked the waiter how many pies does Honey Pie make per day, and there was a bit of disappointment as another question about the restaurant was not answered.
Overall, Honey Pie served up large portions at moderate prices, and I was pleased with my experience despite choosing from a limited menu. The service was not bad either and did its job, and I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for hearty dinner options and ingreidents from hyper local places in this area. Thasia also gives her take on Honey Pie which you can read below. It's very flavorful and fresh, so enjoy!
Thasia's take on Honey Pie:
When bae calls you sweetie pie but you’d prefer him to call you Honey Pie. Why you might ask? Well I’ll tell you. Over the past weekend I was able to experience good ol’ comfort style foods in the Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Tagging along with Mr. MKEFoodFinds himself and his friend, we visited a local spot called Honey Pie. There I indulged into one of their classics; the Chicken and Biscuit pot pie.
Although I could say that it needed a little salt (a lotta), and some more chicken chunks, it was still very tasty. But this was not the item that stole my heart. What really captivated my mind, body, and soul was their succulent and oh so magnificent, corn bread muffins. LAWD. The two sweet and savory treats came with a nice whipped butter as well as fresh strawberry jam. The jam caught me a little off guard but it added a little extra kicked to the classic southern muffin. The edges were crisp to perfection and the insides were soft and fluffy. Not to mention they were warm, which I appreciate, and were very moist. Because who likes rock hard corn bread? I do not… thank you very much! Any who, these muffins will forever be in my heart. Now do you get it why I insist on bae calling me Honey Pie? I will be back!!
Coffee Makes You Black, located on 2803 N Teutonia Ave. in Riverwest, is a place I love for numerous reasons. One, the fact that it is a black-owned business that supports all-things local makes me believe in this place as a form of economic development within the city. Two, the vibes that I feel when I step foot into this restaurant, with smooth jazz ringing into my ears along with African decor makes me feel right at home, as I explained on Instagram. Three, and most importantly, is how good the food is here. Everything is seasoned to perfection, whereas some popular brunch spots including Engine Company No. 3 serve pretty basic cuisine without a ton of flavor. There needs to be more attention brought to place like CMYB, and this blog will serve as just that as it celebrates Black Restaurant Week here in Milwaukee.
This was my fourth visit to CMYB so I wanted to see how the operations, service and food was still holding up. Needless to say, the service and overall visit was outstanding. The waiters and waitresses were all extremely friendly and asked us repeatedly if we were doing fine, something that seems to be taken for granted sometimes at restaurants. Even if something were to go wrong, I'd like to believe that these waiters would handle it with grace and attention to detail. As my brother and I were deciding on what food to get, we also opted to try coffee, a rare occurrence for both of us.
We decided to live on the edge a little with our coffee selection, but also because this spot includes coffee in their name. It is almost like going to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and opting to get a peanut butter-inspired treat. Adding hazelnut cream and whipped cream to the black coffee was a great decision, and this drink was delicious. A large mug (only $2) provided me plenty to drink throughout my meal and after. Although I do not drink coffee as I mentioned, it was a nice change of pace to my drink selection and left me satisfied with the taste and amount provided.
The prices at CMYB are stellar, as I ordered two biscuits, two salmon croquettes (fried salmon patties) a bowl of grits and my aforementioned coffee all for just $10.06. Justin ordered something similar, but opted for their potatoes with bell peppers and onions and a side of fruit for around $13. You can fill up nicely at this restaurant and not have to pay a ton either. Their chicken and waffles dish (which I have eaten before eliminating red meat, chicken and fish) is spectacular, as the sweet and salty combination of that option provides a serious punch, all coming to around $8 as well. You can feast at CMYB without feeling like you breaking the bank. This spot opens up at 7:30 AM on most days and closes shop at around 2 PM. Fridays they are open from 5 to 8 PM, with live music running from 6 until close.
The wait for our food was longer than usual, but I have learned to appreciate the art of scratch food and the preparation that is necessary when making food fresh. If your food comes out too quick, then you should probably be worried. As I looked around and ate my food, something dawned upon my brother and I during this trip. Black-owned business run similar to the way baptist churches function, as a safe haven and a place where laughs are heard from afar and the noise level is higher than usual. Interaction is paramount and seems to be a main focus of this place that does not have televisions or any forms of media around to watch. All kinds of races stepped foot into this establishment, something I particularly enjoyed, and everyone seem relaxed and very happy to be inside this place. It felt like you were in a family member's home relaxing and getting food prepared by them, and that was a great feeling.
Everything about the restaurant screamed informal, from a local high school student selling items for fundraising to a man named Anthony who was telling my brother and I about an organization he created that focuses on empowering black men through summits, community engagement and workshops. Although this place is a black-owned business, this place celebrates all races, ethnicities and cultures just like most restaurants should. After leaving from CMYB, it struck me that this place felt like a place I know very well--home. Considering this feeling I continue to have about this establishment, it is safe to say I will be back soon. Thanks for the good vibes, even better eats and showcasing Black Restaurant Week and cMYB; let's keep places like these top of mind when discussing top eats in Milwaukee. I know I will continue to do so with seasoned spots like CMYB that deliver on both connecting the community and its delicious dishes.