Tucked in amongst towering office buildings between Riverside Drive and Alameda Avenue, Honeydew Cafe builds an impressive sandwich, along with delicious breakfast items and salads. Catering mainly to the workday crowd of this part of Toluca Lake and Burbank, Honeydew Cafe may be a tiny place, yet has grown a large following in the past few years.
The cafe is our go-to spot for fresh, creative lunches. We often order sandwiches at 4:00 p.m. for our Hollywood Bowl picnic basket. Add some chips, beverages and dessert, and one delicious Bowl picnic is ready.
Wrapped in clean white paper, the sandwiches are a festival of colors and tastes. We have enjoyed a majority of the cafe’s menu selections including the Roasted Red Pepper Chicken, Turkey Pesto, the divine Grilled 3 Cheese Bacon Avocado, Club Sandwich, Turkey Havarti Melt and Southwest Pepper Jack Chicken.
Most recently, we shared a Veggie sub and a Muffaletta for our picnic. Filled with vegetables such as mixed greens, cucumbers, tomato, roasted red peppers, avocado, and red onion, the sub adds aged provolone and hummus for protein and packs it all into a tasty wheat roll.
The Muffaletta always pleases the tastebuds with layers of ham turkey, genoa salami, sharp cheddar cheese, aged provolone cheese, parmesan cheese, tomato, olive tapenade, romaine lettuce and red onion. Dressed with mayonnaise, the sandwich is piled between two slices of toasted sourdough bread.
We like to call in to-go orders ahead of time. Be prepared for a bit of a wait in line if you walk in for lunch. While there are a few small tables with shady umbrellas outside the shop, the interior is tiny. The cafe also offers freshly-made smoothies, soups and coffees. Salads and sandwiches can all be custom ordered and the Build-Your-Own options are very popular.
For consistently making some of the best sandwiches around, Honeydew Cafe gets a Tops In Town. The cafe is only open weekdays, closing at 5:00 p.m. Parking can be a challenge during peak morning and lunch hours.
Restaurant Info: Honeydew Cafe is located at 171A N. Maple Street, Burbank 91505. 818-557-7556. Honeydew Cafe is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Honeydew Cafe receives: Tops In Town
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Roadkill)