I love brunch, creativity, fresh organic ingredients...so I was ecstatic to find Honey Cafe in Glen Ellyn (15 minutes away from our house). Brunch places in the city are always crowded over the weekends, so I'm also hoping suburbian places won't be as bad.
The husband and I had Monday off, so we decided to try Honey Cafe. It was around 1:30pm by the time we got there, so it wasn't crowded at all (didn't expect it to be). The decor was cute, colorful, casual, and all of the staff seemed nice and efficient.
I had their fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (delicious), and my husband tried their coffee. It turned out to be fair-trade coffee at $2.45/cup, just a tad expensive for coffee. But it's not a big deal.
Since it was our first time, I wanted to go off the "specials". I decided to try their Market Platter. You can choose 3 market sides for $10.95, or 2 sides and a grilled tilapia or free-range chicken breast for $15.95. The two sides I chose were ratatouille and a mushroom strudel, with grilled chicken. This was the first time I tried ratatouille, and it looked like it was just sauteed vegetables, but I actually found it to be addicting. Although seemingly soggy, the flavors were intense, and slightly crisp. As with all ratatouille, it's a tomatoes based dish with garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and herbs. Everything is sauteed and baked (which explains the "sogginess"). I really enjoyed it!
The mushroom strudel was filled with flavorful, meaty cremini mushrooms and what tasted like goat cheese. The filo pastry was crispy with creamy cheese and deliciously flavored mushrooms.. at an instant, I knew the hubby would fall in love with this dish.
Speaking of which, he ordered a summer vegetable soup that came with a whole grain twist. The soup was clean, very hot (that's a good thing), and the twist was room temperture, but still delicious. It's good, but I probably wouldn't order it again.
For the main course, my hub ordered their Caprese Benedict ($10.95) (Two poached eggs served on top tomato-basil foccacia bread with fresh mozzarella cheese, topped with creamy basil infused hollandaise sauce, served with house potatoes.
It's definitely not your typical benedict dish, especially with the foccacia bread, which was 5 times thicker than the typical english muffin. However, the whole thing worked so well, he proclaimed it as one of his favorite dishes, and said he wanted to go back to order the dish over and over.
499 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn
9am to 9pm
9am to 3pm