Eating at Honey Bee’s House of Breakfast illustrated a personal breakfast dilemma that comes up in my kitchen often – American or Central American breakfast?
Walking into the cozy restaurant on Adams Blvd, west of Crenshaw, on a busy Saturday morning, my jaw dropped when I saw the El Clasico plate and I pointed it out to my Salvadoran dad. This deluxe Central American breakfast took me back to all the good things that came out of my mom’s kitchen on weekends of my childhood: veggie scrambled eggs, casamiento (rice and black beans), avocado, cheese, handmade tortillas, and fried plantains.
Knowing El Clasico would be a home run, I decided to take a more neutral route with the Breakfast Special to guage its American flavor. This special includes eggs, hash browns, bacon, and pancakes. My over medium eggs were great over crispy hash browns and the bacon was perfectly crisped as well. The pancakes were nice and fluffy. My coffee cup was full during the whole meal. Honey Bee’s passed the American breakfast test. I couldn't have asked for more.
“You should mention the service is great,” my dad said. The homey vibe made you feel as if you’re sitting at your tia Ana’s kitchen. Talking up the waiter and owners, my dad and I learned this business is owned and run by a Salvadoran family, hence the contrast between American and Latino breakfast dishes.
The family wanted to bring to the community a restaurant that attracted people from all backgrounds, not just people who are already familiar with Salvadoran food. This is why they mix cuisines and serve breakfast and lunch throughout the day. We saw tables where customers were eating pupusas and pancakes. There were families eating French toast and yuca frita.
For those already familiar with Honey Bee’s, here’s a scoop: They will be adding dinner to their menu and extending their hours within the next couple of months. And for those Honey Bee’s fans that are in it for the long run, there are hopes to expand the restaurant and potentially add a wine bar down the line. But for now, take your time sampling everything on the menu and keep an eye out for the dinner additions, which are bound to have dual citizenship just like their breakfast and lunch counterparts.
4715 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016 (323) 731-7203
Established in August of 2008 by writer, artist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.