Review: Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe

Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe Exterior in Columbus OhioWhen my father-in-law said he wanted to take us for breakfast at the Honeybaked Ham Store when we were visiting Columbus earlier this fall, I thought to myself, “Really? The Honeybaked Ham Store?”

One of my faults about food is coming to a decision much too quickly — even before getting to the final destination. This was just one of those times.

Now, I love me some Honeybaked Ham at the holidays. I’ll be hovering over that pork carcass peeling off the sugary coating and licking my fingers of its savory juices. The leftovers are perfect for omelettes and sandwiches in the following days.

The Honeybaked Ham Store runs Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. This sit-down restaurant churns out hearty breakfast sandwiches, towering pancakes and mouth-watering good eggs benedicts.

So, let’s take a closer look at this breakfast mindblow…

Maple syrup available to purchase at Sweet CloveThe waiting area of the restaurant is the standard Honeybaked Ham Store but packed with some other goodies, like maple syrup from Vermont and frozen side dishes.Milwaukee's own Sprecher soda available at Sweet CloveHow can I not approve of a place that sells Milwaukee’s own Sprecher sodas?!? Four-packs of soda are available for less than $7.Seating at Sweet Clove Sunshine CafeThe cafe’s seating area is open and sunny. There were plenty of happy groups of customers waiting for breakfast.Cinnamon bread and butter at Sweet CloveEach table starts off with a mini loaf of a crumb cake served with a side of whipped maple honey butter. The bread was a bit too crumbly but had a nice cinnamon flavor to it. We were a party of four and the mini loaf didn’t provide us with a lot to go around.Egg breakfast sandwich at Sweet CloveThe “Legendary Breakfast Sandwich” serves up an egg souffle, cheddar cheese and your choice of Honeybaked Ham, bacon or turkey on a croissant. It’s served with oven-roasted home fried potatoes or fresh fruit.Side of honey-baked ham at Sweet CloveYou can’t order breakfast without a hefty side of Honeybaked Ham for just $2.50.Apple pancake at Sweet CloveThese hearty pancakes are made with buttermilk and then fresh apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. This was just an enormous mound of carbs!Tub of fresh whipped cream at Sweet CloveBut, those towering pancakes aren’t complete without the fresh whipped cream that comes out with it! Your server scoops out the dairy delight tableside. No need for syrup.Eggs benedict at Sweet CloveNow, hands down the winner at this meal was Brett’s signature Ham and Eggs Benedict. The fluffy English muffin was topped with thick slices of Honeybaked Ham, poached eggs and an awesome lemony Hollandaise sauce. The side order of potatoes was just perfect to sop up the mixture of leftover Hollandaise and egg yolk.

Next time someone tells me we’re going to eat at the Honeybaked Ham Store, I’m going to jump for joy. I can’t wait to try this place again. I really hope they open more of these locations across the country soon.

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