By Mannie Miguel
The Honey Badger Cafe is a modern upbeat, yet casual place for anyone to go for a snack or to study.
Driving down Main St. in East Los Angeles, it is hard to notice where the cafe is located at, as it seems like it is in the middle of a bunch of different stores.
Walking into the cafe the exterior does not match the interior, but the vibe the owners try to convey is appreciated. The cafe has multiple tables and booths, with almost every table being student friendly having four-unit outlets to charge or plug in laptops and cellphones, compared to a Starbucks where people fight for the outlets.
The lighting at the café is dim enough to study, yet bright enough to hang out at and makes the atmosphere comfortable for everyone.
After finding a table to sit in, a waiter brings a menu, which distinguishes them from an ordinary café.
The cafe offers a variety of foods ranging from Sandwiches ($6.45), Wings ($5.95), Soups and Salads ($4.95-6.25), and other plates that are categorized as “Delicious Snacks” ($3.95-5.95). Drinks range from Siphon Coffees ($3.45), Real Smoothies ($3.95-44.95), Premium Drinks ($3.95), as well as specialty drinks and premium teas ($3.25 – 3.75 with the option for upgrades that start at $0.50).
Every sandwich comes with kettle style potato chips or can be upgraded to one a side for $1.25 including french fries and avocado can be added for $1.25 more.
The Turkey & Swiss sandwich comes with sliced deli turkey, Swiss cheese, red onions, tomatoes, and honey mustard on cranberry and walnut artisan bread. The choice of bread did not make a great combination, because it overpowered the rest of the sandwich. The sandwich was served with black spotted avocado slices, which is not a bad thing but given that the sandwich cost $6.45 you would expect to get fresh avocado every time.
A better option is the Roast Beef sandwich. It comes with deli-sliced roast beef, provolone cheese, Roma tomatoes, spring mix (an assortment of lettuces), and garlic aioli (a traditional sauce made of garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and egg yolks) on miner’s sourdough artisan bread. If you are not much of a garlic person, order it without the garlic aioli. The cafe made a better choice with the bread selection, because the bread complemented the beef and vegetables instead of overpowering them like the walnut artisan bread did t the Turkey & Swiss sandwich.
They also have a self-service station of water.
The cafe offers an everyday special from 11am to 4pm, which comes with a half sandwich, any tea, and a side for $6.95.
Although the vibe and student friendly environment seemed to be ideal to study in, the prices seem to be a bit too much for the modern everyday students to dine in. The cafe is not in walking distance from East Los Angeles College.
The Honey Badger Cafe is located on 11 West Main Street in the city of Alhambra, between the intersection of Main and Garfield. They are open Sunday thru Thursday from 11am to 12am, and Friday thru Saturday from 11am to 1am. Ideal place to go study late at nights, as a spot to grab a snack with friends or on the go late into the night.
The cafe does not offer parking, and the surrounding streets seem to be full throughout the day.