Craft Beer Spotlight: Honest John’s
Located in the heart of the East Eighth Avenue business district (216 E. 8th to be exact) Honest John’s has been a Homestead institution since November 2016. With its grand opening in late January, Honest John’s is the newest addition to the growing number of privately owned eating establishments on the Avenue.
Honest John’s is named not for the owner, John Wray, but instead for the former mayor of Homestead during the Battle of Homestead in the late 1800s: “Honest” John McLuckie. The restaurant is an upscale causal place to experience a select but enticing menu of specials and everyday fare with a nice original twist. Neshaminy Creek Brewing enjoys a permanent line at their bar, where they will rotate through our entire portfolio as the year goes on.
The luncheon menu is mostly sandwiches, but features a huge Turkey Club, Classic Reuben and N.Y Style Pastrami sandwiches along with the now near famous “Honest to Goodness” Honest John’s burger. The fish tacos of which there are three per serving has proven to be one of the luncheon menus biggest seller for good reason – it’s wonderful.
The dinner menu boasts a daily fish and pasta special to go along with the daily items which include a most generous portion of Mussels Mariniere, Italian sausage, crispy pork belly and chicken and dumpling dishes. There is also a special soup of the day and soup of the month. The “Honest to Goodness” burger is available lunch, dinner or brunch.
Speaking of brunch, Honest John’s specialties served Sundays 10:30 to 3:00 include the always delectable Pumpkin French Toast, Homestead “Stacks” as in flapjacks, Eggs Benedict, build your own omelet and the greatest breakfast sandwich of all time the Croque Madame.
Starters include Seasonal hummus, the to-die-for Ceviche and Short Rib Quesadillas. There is also a breads and spreads and Charcuterie Board which promises mouthwatering selections of everything from smoked marrow butter to roasted black garlic puree to a selection of artisan cheeses and cured meats with seasonal garnishes. The half-pound and full pound chicken wings are a real favorite and come in a variety sauces.
One of only one hundred giant Scrabble boards ever made greets guests as they enter the bar area. The competition can be fierce and is enhanced by any of Honest John’s specialty “sips”, including NCBC beers, Mules, and a fantastic assortment of wines and other beers.
Let the games begin. Honest John’s is a comfortable place to meet old friends make new ones while enjoying outstanding food and drink in the friendliest environment you’ll ever want to be a part of. So, come on down to the Avenue in Homestead and see for yourself. The modern day Honest John will be waiting to welcome you with open arms.
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