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Durham diner: Honey's serves classic Southern fare 24/7

Honey's can be seen from I-85 as you drive through Durham
Honey's can be seen from I-85 as you drive through Durham

Situated next to the I-85 off ramp at Guess Road in Durham, Honey's is the sort of place that both locals and travelers are glad to know about.

Honey's off I-85 at Guess Road in Durham, NC
R Wright

Established back in 1961, this diner - style spot serves popular plate lunches, known in the the South as "meat and threes," including meatloaf, beef liver and onions, chicken and dumplings, beef tips on rice, and a "Thanksgiving Sampler" with turkey, ham, and dressing. Each plate is accompanied by a couple of sides and a basket of bread. The vegetable list covers the full spectrum of Southern favorites from fried okra and squash, to turnip greens, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese, and fried tomatoes. Four vegetable plates are available for the veggie lover.

The lengthy menu also includes steaks and chops, old fashioned fried chicken, Eastern North Carolina style pit - cooked barbecue, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and specialty Grecian wraps. But Honey's real claim to fame are its breakfast platters, served anytime.

Although priced a bit above bargain prices at $5.50 and up, the breakfasts offer plenty of quantity and excellent quality for the money. Jumbo eggs, perfectly prepared to your specifications, are accompanied by generous servings of your choice of breakfast meats - a pile of crispy, salt-cured bacon, pork chops, steak, corned beef hash, Honey's signature country ham, or thick cut slices of old - fashioned grilled bologna. The breakfast sides are equally interesting: a tasty potato and cheese casserole, apples simmered in brown sugar, or that old Southern standby, grits. Huge biscuits or thick - sliced toast top off the meal.

Whatever meal you order up, save room for Honey's Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake, a dessert that has stood the test of time.

If you do much long distance driving on the nation's interstates, this diner - style spot is one to add to your list of easy off - easy on 24 hour restaurants where you can always find breakfast, free wireless access, and a bottomless cup of coffee.

Honey's Restaurant
2700 Guess Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-2181


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