Honey’s Bistro & Bakery

Honeys sign

Review #30

Our oldest son, Griffin, is 16, so he’s basically never around.  But our youngest has a friend who often fills in for him. For this reason, we have given him the nickname of G2.  G2 is, in many ways, a better version of G1.  Where G1 can be ornery and argumentative, G2 is easy-going and flexible.  If I call the family down for dinner, G1 often can’t get off his phone, but G2 takes his place at the table, quick-as-can-be.  When I need help unloading groceries, there is G2 unloading pronto!  And if it’s family photo time, and G1 is nowhere to be found, well, there’s G2, happy to take his place.  Today at Honey’s, it was just our family of four, with G2 filling in as G1.

One of the worst things about going out to breakfast is the time it takes to get a cup of coffee, am I right?  I remember back in the days when I was a user, I clearly recall the anxiety I would get over going out to breakfast because of my delayed fix.  When you go out, there are showers that need to happen first, kids to wait for, the drive there, parking the car, waiting in line to order, then waiting for someone to bring you that first cup.  It can be harrowing!  Honey’s Bistro & Bakery understands.  They have addressed this problem beautifully.   As soon as you walk in the door, even if there is a line, you can help yourself to a cup of coffee!  Even before you order food!  This actually might be the very best reason to come here. There is a wide variety to choose from.

Honeys coffee

This is just brilliant!  And by the time you get to the register to order, you are the most polite, pleasant and loveliest version of yourself!

Once you’ve started caffeinating, you can appreciate the cuteness of this Bistro.  And if you don’t get a table outside, you can sit inside with the murals giving you the feeling of being right outside!

Honeys decor 1

Honeys decor 2

It’s always best to start with a “calorie-free” baked good to share while you wait for your real food.  (Remember from previous blogs, calories don’t count when it’s a shared table pastry.)  Plus this place isn’t called Honey’s Bistro.  It is called Honey’s Bistro and Bakery.  It would be doing a disservice to this nice establishment if we were not to do our due diligence in trying what they are all about.

Wanting to skip the breakfast crowds we have seen hanging out the door on other weekends, we chose to come at lunchtime today.  The bakery display case had been hit hard, but there were still some enticing goodies to choose from.

Honeys goodies

Although their homemade donuts were recommended to us, we decided for something a bit less sweet and chose a blueberry bran muffin, warmed up of course.  It was great!

Honeys bran muffinBlueberry Bran Muffin warmed up- always warm it up!

Let me explain something…The last time I went out with some friends we went to one of those, cough, cough, chain restaurants. I ordered the grilled Mahi Mahi fish tacos.  When I peaked inside the tortilla I was horrified!  There must have been less than an ounce of fish per taco!  That’s right, less than a single ounce of fish!  It was covered in cabbage and salsa, but to pay $12 for this plate was a sham!  So I have been scarred.  From that time on, any time either Hubby or I order fish tacos, I always inspect the amount of fish inside the tortilla.  Be careful if you dine with us and order fish tacos.  It has become habit and I will most likely inspect yours too.

For his meal, Hubby ordered the Mahi Mahi fish tacos.  If you are an avid Dining on the 101 reader, you might see that he orders fish tacos often, whenever they are offered.  So I would say he is an expert fish taco eater.

Honeys tacoMahi Mahi Fish Tacos

 To my absolute delight, the amount of Mahi Mahi on Hubby’s fish tacos today was impressive, if not downright abundant!  There was a generous amount of guacamole, cabbage and tomatoes, with the perfect amount of heat from the white sauce.  Hubby gave Honey’s fish tacos a 9.5/10, losing only half a point for the single tortilla vessel that fell apart.  But otherwise, outstanding tacos!

Our youngest ordered a bison burger with a side of fruit.

Honeys bison KellBison Burger

2 thick slices of properly cooked, crunchy bacon, cheese and a perfect fried egg topped this monster burger.  Even the side of fruit was better than average.  The burger stood no chance against the carnivorous jaws of our youngest.  It was inhaled.

G2, being his cooperative self, ordered the same, but with fries. Both boys loved these burgers.

Honeys bison G2

I ordered a Turkey, Feta, Spinach burger with a side salad.

Honeys turkey burgerTurkey, Feta, Spinach burger

Will you look at this thing?  Perfectly wilted spinach, heavenly grilled onions, and so much feta it can’t even be contained on the burger! And this side salad tastes as good as it looks.

Bottom Line:

Encinitas is filled with delicious breakfast nooks, and Honey’s Bistro & Bakery is one of them.   If you can steer yourself away from the cheesy, eggy, carbohydrate-rich breakfast items, you will find a menu filled with healthy, unique, homemade lunches that will pleasantly surprise you. The portions are large, and the prices are reasonable.  There is something for your whole family to love, but if you have an older PITA teenager, just leave him at home and bring a fill in.  If you don’t have one, we can loan you G2.  Honey’s Bistro & Bakery, we will be back for sure!

Next week’s blog will be on New Year’s Eve at

The Taco Stand at 6:00pm

642 S Coast Hwy 101


Author: foodkibbitzer

I love to cook, especially soup, and bake challah. I ride horses, enjoy sarcastic people and am a food snob. I'm busy being mom to my two boys and I play mahj jong.

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