The menu at Honey Coffee + Kitchen includes the typical American brunch staples: beef heart, pig head, duck eggs, cured char, oxtail marmalade, oh, and hash browns. Though unconventional,Honey’s Central-Europe-meet-Northwest-U.S. love story, err, menu is a welcome addition to Tacoma’s food scene, where bacon and pancakes are (were) the long-reigning pair. Located on Fawcett Avenue and hosting a sweeping view of Downtown Tacoma, Honey is the first of two restaurants moving into the bottom floor of Alma Mater, a community building for local artists. The atmosphere is warm yet airy, featuring mid century minimalism and northwest quirk. The ebelskivers—danish spherical pancakes—are a must-try. The exterior is crispy and the interior is almost custard-like and subtly sweetened. They are served with elderflower whipped cream and stone fruit and almond compote; the depth of the compote and the lightness of the cream are a perfect complements to the ebelskivers. The menu’s only weak spot are the hash browns, thick pads of seasoned shredded potato, like a thick latke. Paired with coffee-rubbed steak heart or pig-head scrapple, the potatoes seem a little too ordinary, nearing forgettable. The coffee alone makes Honey worth a trip. The restaurant sources Portland-based Heart Coffee Roasters for their espresso offerings. The coffee menu includes the usual options: lattes, mochas, cold brews (including a nitro) and drip. A macchiato from Honey is a multifaceted experience; acidic and sweet, light and dark, it’s conflicting and exciting. The acidic roast strangely almost tastes like yogurt, which is surprisingly enjoyable. Honey, which opened on March 15, is open daily from 7am to 4pm. Breakfast and coffee is served all day.The portions are fair and meal prices are averaged at 12 dollars. But—perhaps to keep prices low—tables aren’t waited. Meals and coffee alike are ordered at a counter. Honey seems to have captured the culture of its customers; its originality and rustic quirk matches the young tattooed and bearded customers. Honey is a welcome addition to Tacoma’s food scene, which has been in long need of revitalization.
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