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Honeybaked Ham Cafe offers expanded menu

Feb. 29, 2012 @ 07:10 PM

The Huntington location of the Honeybaked Ham Co. and Cafe recently updated its menu. The revised menu is the latest in a series of changes that began in 2009 when the store switched its brand over from Heavenly Ham.

Honeybaked Ham purchased its rival in 2002, though many stores continued to operate under the Heavenly Ham name. While the cafe menu is largely the same, it has expanded to include an assortment of hot sandwiches.

"In addition to the new sandwiches, we have some new breads available," said Toni Madden, who co-owns the store with her husband, Jeff Madden. "We now have a marble rye and a multi-grain bread. We actually started the switch over in August of last year, but we took a bit of a break over the holiday season because Christmas and Thanksgiving are so busy for us. We completed the change and received new menu boards in January."

The couple acquired the business in 2010.

"We also have some new sides -- a fruit salad called Mandarin Pineapple Dream and a salad called Broccoli Bacon Bliss. We also have a grilled chicken Caesar Salad that we didn't have before."

Several of the new sandwiches already have become favorites for customers.

"The most popular new sandwiches on the menu are the Ham & Turkey Bella, the Southwest Turkey Ole, and the Betta Ham 'N Chedda," Toni Madden said. "I like the new Chicken Salad recipe, which has pecans and fresh onions in it. A lot of the former Heavenly Ham stores were hesitant to change the recipe, but we've received very good feedback to it. We still have our croissants."

One of the new sandwiches is the Tavern Club ($5.99), featuring boneless ham, smoked turkey, bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tomato served on multigrain bread with honey mustard plus a signature sauce. Another new item is the Southwest Turkey Ole ($5.99), featuring smoked turkey, provolone cheese, lettuce tomato and banana peppers served on a fresh ciabatta roll ($5.99).

The catering menu and assortment of whole hams, turkey breasts and barbecue ribs is largely the same. The new sides and salads can be ordered for groups.

"We like to support local and regional products. We carry mustard and sauces from Up The Creek, which is from Montgomery, W.Va. We also sell Uncle Buck's products, which are from Sistersville, W.Va. There is also Hot Dark Sauce from Dunbar, W.Va.," co-owner Jeff Madden said.

Honeybaked Ham Co and Cafe is located at the Eastern Heights Shopping Center on Route 60. It is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. No checks are taken at this time. For carry out orders or catering information, call 304-733-4266 or fax 304-733-4269. For company information, visit www.honeybaked.com