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!!