If you come to this sweet D-town spot expecting familiar flavors, you'll be delightfully disappointed. Hip Honey is refreshingly different. The eating experience is all about sampling by way of a seasonally changing menu of small plates meant to be shared. Meanwhile, the food is all about contrasts: hot and cold, crunchy and creamy, savory and, yes, sweet. Black tea–glazed spare ribs dusted with toasted sesame and salted pine nuts come with a small scoop of spicy ginger
ice cream. It all melts in your mouth and then gives you a hot little kick for good measure. The appetizer-size portions might range from a $4 exotic olive plate to $30 foie-gras sliders. Diners typically order two plates per person and then see if they want more. Drinks include all-Pennsylvania beers, all-American wines, and all-unexpected specialty cocktails. Even the desserts can be hot and spicy.
Sep 18, 2013
My spouse and I dined at Honey in early August 2013. We called to make a reservation about one month prior to the night that we wanted to dine. The restaurant seems to schedule diners in 15-minute increments, beginning at 5:00 pm. (The restaurant is open for dinner only daily.) This restaurant requires a credit card to guarantee weekend reservations. The restaurant does not have its own parking lot, but there is street parking as well as a parking
in the bank parking lot down the street. Although the restaurant space is small, it is well designed, and diners are spaced apart nicely. There are a few outdoor tables adjacent to the sidewalk, but the indoor space is so attractive and well though-out, that it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to dine indoors. Even the two booths nearest to the front door feature long, white, billowy curtains that can be drawn to provide some privacy from arriving and departing guests. The restaurant has both booth and table seating. Stacked stone walls lined with flickering candles provide a very chic and relaxing atmosphere. Do not plan to arrive early, because there is no bar area in which to wait. (There are plenty of bars and restaurants steps away where you can have a quick drink.) The restaurant manages its reservations tightly, so the odds are that you will not be able to be seated early. However, being from out of town and not knowing how long it would take to drive there, we arrived about 45 minutes early for our reservation, we had a drink in nearby bar, and then received a call from the restaurant to tell us that our table was ready, at least 30 minutes ahead of schedule. It is probably not an exact science serving a tapas menu and not knowing exactly how many dishes each table will order. The restaurant serves an herb popcorn as an amuse bouche, and we were also offered a small shooter glass of yummy mushroom consommé as an additional treat from the chef. It is a good idea to visit this restaurant with another couple (or more), because there are SO many interesting menu options that you will want to try as many as possible. (We seem to remember our server recommending 2 to 3 items per person.) The wines and beers are all from Pennsylvania. Service was great, and the food was delicious, featuring unique ingredients and combinations and beautiful, interesting presentations. The dishes are not delivered in any particular order, so if you have a preference, specify it. In general, we received one dish at a time, and the pace was just right. We loved the edamame hummus (a unique twist on the traditional chick pea variety), the kampachi tacos, duck samosas, oxtail dumplings, and an awesome sweet corn panna cotta with blueberries and crushed cereal. We would jump at the chance to dine here again!