Change is good…especially when it comes to making breakfast better. Just a little over two years ago, HoneyDip Donuts & Diner was simply known as “HoneyDip Donuts”, and the travelers along Kenny Rd. knew it as the classic neighborhood donut shop where they stopped and got their morning treats for the office crew or a cup of coffee on the go. People can certainly still do that, but now in addition to that, they give you the option to sit and stay a while. On this particular morning, my wife was in the mood for donuts, and I was leaning more toward a solid breakfast. We compromised, and were both very happy with the results.
HoneyDip Donuts & Diner is a bustling neighborhood breakfast one-stop shop, where you’re sure to find your favorite donuts and other sweets, or a big plate of eggs & toast. Or both!
Several key elements of the donut shop atmosphere are still in tact: the large case of donuts on the wall directly behind the register; the vintage bar stools; the friendly waitresses who call you “Hon”. Great, classic stuff.
The dining room is on the small size, but was actually bigger than what I was expecting. There are also several tables stretched across the front windows, and a couple on the other end of the building, too. The large windows allow for lots of natural lighting which is nice. To be honest, I never had a chance to visit when they were just HoneyDip Donuts, so I’m not really sure what used to occupy this area of the building before they remodeled. A dining room just seems to fit, though. There’s a real comfy, small-town feel to the space.
The donut prices are written on a whiteboard hanging over the cash register area, as well as a second board highlighting their “Honey Dips”. There are three different sandwich options that can be made using their signature HoneyDip donuts. The HoneyDip donut is a fresh yeast donut, lightly coated with a sweet, honey glaze. You can order the Donut Bacon Cheeseburger, the Donut BLT, and the Donut Breakfast Sandwich, all of which cradle the sandwich ‘fixins between two donuts instead of a bun or bread. Sounds a little strange? Just you wait! In addition to all of this, they also have a small menu featuring classic diner breakfasts and a la cart items, and a lunch menu with burgers, sandwiches, soups, etc.
After browsing their menu for a couple of minutes, my wife decided on the Eggs Benedict w/ a side of bacon ($5.95).
One strange note…our server told us that the cook “didn’t do poached eggs” for the benedict, but offered braised eggs instead (basically steaming them in a covered dish with a small amount of liquid). I thought that was sort of weird, but the Mrs. seemed ok with it. Otherwise, the plate looked like your standard diner benedict. She said the hollandaise was a little lemony, but not inedible. Her bacon was perfect – salty & crispy. Overall she said she enjoyed the meal.
I couldn’t resist trying the Donut Breakfast Sandwich ($4.95). I ordered it with their standard fried egg and bacon, but I chose pepper jack cheese instead of American. When it arrived at our table, I was a little surprised because it looked like it had been grilled or toasted on both sides, which I assume was to give it a little firmness. The sandwich was delicious. Two full-sized donuts held it all together and gave it a honey sweetness, which nicely counterbalanced the saltiness of the bacon and the slight bite from the pepper jack. Melt-in-your-mouth sweet delight and crunchy, hickory-smoked pig strip all in one bite…it was incredible. You have got to go have one of these.
I also ordered a side of Home Fries ($1.75). These were some of the best seasoned breakfast potatoes I’ve had in a while. They tasted as if they were cooked in butter and maybe bacon fat, and were seasoned with salt, pepper, and I believe some onion powder too. The diced, bite-sized pieces were soft on the inside and several pieces had a decent crisp to the outside. Really good.
We also decided to grab a half-dozen donuts to go. We picked two of the powdered, vanilla cream-filled donuts, a black raspberry-filled, a toasted coconut, a rainbow sprinkled donut, and one of their HoneyDips.
HoneyDip Donuts & Diner is one of those places that you’ve just gotta love. They saw an opportunity to serve their customers and community with a better breakfast experience, and they took advantage of it. And it’s working out very well. One thing I didn’t mention was the fact that I actually tried to go here a week or so ago on a Saturday morning. The place was packed. It was so full that I couldn’t even find a parking spot out front, and as I passed through the lot, I glanced inside and saw a standing-room-only crowd. That says two things to me. It says Columbus loves fresh, local donuts, and it says we also love the small diner experience. But we already knew that, didn’t we?
HoneyDip Donuts & Diner is located at 4480 Kenny Rd, Columbus, OH 43220 (Map). The are open Monday – Saturday, 6:00 am – 2:30 pm, and Sunday, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm. You can find more info at their Facebook page.