WILLIAMSBURG — The Historic Triangle has many options for those looking to enjoy a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but few have all three. Honey Butter’s Kitchen in the Monticello Marketplace Shopping Center is one that is excelling in a menu for each meal.
Owner Jason Steeg graduated from Johnson and Wales Culinary School while working at Ford’s Colony Country Club, eventually leading to opening his first business, Five Forks Café, in 2006.
“I was not always looking to open a breakfast restaurant,” said Steeg. “I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to open a small diner and it did well.”
Having success with the diner, Steeg decided to build on that knowledge and opened Honey Butter’s Kitchen in Williamsburg. It eventually led to a second location at the Candle Factory.
Honey Butter’s aims to serve what everybody expects for breakfast and lunch, but adds a little extra to make it a little bit more.
“I cannot claim to be raised in the South, but I have an idea of what a southern breakfast should taste like!” exclaimed Steeg. “Our most popular items include corn cakes, garlic fried potatoes, buttermilk fried catfish, homemade applewood cider bacon and hushpuppies with honey butter, of course.”
Since the pandemic, Honey Butter’s Kitchen has only been open mornings and afternoons — until now.
This week, Honey Butter’s announced the opening of its Monticello Marketplace location for casual dinner between 4-9 p.m. with a “Bacon, Bourbon, Bar” concept, in addition to breakfast and lunch.
“Trying to capitalize on the Bourbon trend, which I enjoy, and pair it with something we sell a lot of — bacon!” Steeg continued, “We have massed together some popular bourbons and generated some classic cocktails. The dinner menu is a simple concept of our popular burgers, classic southern comfort food and snack specials.”
Diners can expect the same fresh food made to please by a staff that takes pride in the new homemade bacon-inspired menu with weekly featured happy hour snacks and a full bar.
“We really do care about the food we put out and use fresh, real ingredients. When I go around and talk to customers, nine times out of 10 they will tell me the food is really good,” said Steeg. “Someone just told me that this is the best breakfast they have ever had. And, wow, that’s a really big compliment. I don’t want to downplay it, but it is just ham, eggs and potatoes. So, we take simple food, and instead of making it complex, we just want to make it taste good. When someone tells me it’s the best meal they have had, I genuinely appreciate. For me personally, it is a great feeling when someone enjoys their food.”
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