Honey Hole Sandwiches

by KimHo on October 27, 2010 · 10 comments under: Food,Restaurant,Travel



Honey Hole Sandwiches
703 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA
Honey Hole Sandwiches on Urbanspoon

One of the “interesting” features that is seldom mentioned is that of Vancouver being *really* close to the US. Border crossing queue aside, you should be able to go to the US from Vancouver in around an hour (or less). Once there, two or so hours later, you hit Seattle, another major US city. Sure, you could go from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan or Hamilton, Ontario to Buffalo, New York in about the same time but, c’mon, there is no comparison here. So, on Thanksgiving, I chose to do a day trip “just because”. While timing worked great, weatherwise, it ended up being awash: It was miserable and detracted me from some outdoor activities. Well, I was on that side of the border so… Let’s go to eat!!! Originally I had two places in mind: Latin food in the form of La Isla or more “regular fare” in the form of Honey Hole Sandwiches. The later was chosen because, well, it was an odd combination of timing and circumstance. Does not matter how or why, what matters is that I was there and it was time to eat!

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Honey Hole, Sandwich, honey, hole, Seattle, United States, Vancouver, bread, pork, bbq, chowder, cream, corn

Upon arriving, I wasn’t sure about how to proceed: should I sit down or should I line up? Well, following the same when-in-Rome logic, I queued in the line but still had to let some customers go ahead as I wasn’t sure what to order. Granted, there are only sandwiches but being by myself meant I had to choose carefully. In the end, the decision winded down to one thing: Pork!!!

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After making the order (and giving my name), I sat down to look around. I am not sure if I was impatient that afternoon or they were really taking its time but I was starting to be a bit restless. Where is my sandwich??? I am hungry!!! OK, in the end, it was my impatience because those 10 or so minutes seemed to have taken forever… Anyway, here is my order, their Buford T. Justice hot sandwich – In-house smoked all natural pork, pulled and smothered in our sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and melted pepper jack on a demi baguette. And for good measure, I also ordered their soup of the day which happened to be a corn chowder.

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Their soup was… Unique. The chowder had a curry-like kick which while I didn’t mind, I found it slightly distracting. I don’t know, when I have a corn chowder, I would expect it to be sweet not a mix of sweet and spicy. So, depending on what you expect from such soup, it could go either way. Another detail was that it wasn’t really smooth so, once again, depending on your likes or dislikes, it could be distracting…

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Ah, yeah, pork, huahahahahaha!!!!! One thing I will have to do, despite I do not want to, would be to compare it to Re-Up‘s. That’s because that would be the easiest comparison point to those of us in Vancouver. Starting with the bread, I would have to say this one was toasted which resulted it being crispier. Furthermore, it had a chewiness to it, which I consider I good thing in this type of sandwich. The pepper jack cheese was mixed. It did provide some spicy tones, which I found was good but there was no creamy overtones I would have expected from such cheese.

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Honey Hole, Sandwich, honey, hole, Seattle, United States, Vancouver, bread, pork, bbq, chowder, cream, corn

The pork was a bit of a mixed bag. It was tender; however, it was as moist as it could have been. But, it seems they caught that fact from the very get go and added some sauce to compensate. It did work to an extent and, in fact, it added some smokiness to it. Was it the best? Well, no but it was good enough. Going back to that Re-Up comparison, I would say they are quite similar in execution.

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Given that I liked Re-Up, at this point, my thoughts ought to be quite similar. In this case, this sandwich (no pun intended?) board outside the shop tells it all: “damn, that’s a good sandwich”!



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elaine October 27, 2010 at 1:49 am

I can go to Point Roberts in 45 minutes XD

2 The Celiac Husband October 27, 2010 at 4:51 am

The bread looks great, the pork looks great, maybe drop the cheese and it seems to be a winner.
I love a good sandwich and this one seems to be a good combo of good bread and contents.

3 Jenny October 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

I wanted to visit this place for awhile now, the 2 time I was down there, never found the time, but base on your comparison, it seems I don’t really need to, since Re-Up will provide the same (I guess for the pull pork anyways).

“Border crossing queue aside…”, but the truth is you really have to take that into consideration, because I once waited almost 4 hours :(

4 KimHo October 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

Elaine2, of course you could. And, how many restaurants after you are on that side of the border??? :P

Peter, agreed, the cheese didn’t contribute much but I guess there is a reason why they added it! (Alas, I couldn’t determine it…)

Jenny, minor details aside (cheese and toasted bread – which actually can be a factor), you can say the product is quite similar. However, they have a lot of other sandwiches so I believe it is still worth it, if you happen to be in the area. I won’t drive all the way down just for it. As for border crossing, how many times you have been sent to secondary after waiting for a couple of hours, eh? ;)

5 Chris October 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

I could drive to the middle of nowhere in 45 minutes; oh Alberta! ;)

I’m with Peter, drop the cheese. Looks like a fun placethoug; How was the atmosphere?

6 Elaine October 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

I swear I saw this restaurant ad on Urbanspoon from Point Roberts =P

7 KimHo October 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

Chris, well, if you keep driving south, you have Red Deer! ;) For the most part, the atmosphere was quite… Calm? Aside from the waitress yelling your name (to deliver your sandwich at the table), pretty much everybody was keeping to themselves. For some reason, some Bob Marley music would have hit the spot (or they could have been playing it and I missed it completely!).

Elaine2, there are a couple of restaurants there but, then again, is it worth the hassle? After all, you need to bring your passport/Nexus! :P

8 Natasha Reed October 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm

They’ve got a lot of great sandwiches, and I love the photos on the wall. The sandwich names are a lot of fun. When you read the name of your sandwich, did you know who Buford T. Justice is? Doesn’t affect taste, but makes ‘em more memorable, I think. And you’re right, time does seem to fall into suspension there!

9 KimHo October 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Natasha, welcome! Sorry, I didn’t get the reference at first: I had to search for it afterwards! ;)

10 Follow Me Foodie November 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I LOVE pulled pork sandwiches. i just love pulled pork though. Ok this looks insanely good, and I totally remember putting it on my own “must try” list… your photos do not help. I’m hungry.

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