Review: Classic Ham Sandwich from Honey Baked Ham

After a brief scare following a health screening at work that put my triglycerides in the 600’s, I decided to spend a couple of weeks seeking better noontime choices.  One place that I’ve visited before and recalled a menu of slightly healthier sandwiches is Honey Baked Ham.

Most folks are probably more familiar with the chain’s spiral cut whole ham offerings, but at least in my neighborhood, they’ve recently ventured into the lunch business as well.  Their midday menu is essentially a myriad of sandwich arrangements featuring their signature hams, turkeys and broaster chickens.

I’ve worked my way through about half of the Honey Baked ham sandwich matrix over the past year or so, earning enough punches on the Frequent Sandwich Club card for two free sandwiches along the way.  I’ve been meaning to share this spot with you, but haven’t gotten around to it until now, so I thought I would start with the basic Classic Ham Sandwich.

There’s not much to discuss here, I mean, we’ve all had a ham sandwich before, but probably not from a place where you order at the counter; at least not one of this quality level.  This particular sandwich is served on a bakery style roll, but many others come on regular bread or sub-style roll and I’m sure they would accommodate whatever bread you requested from their repertoire.  It’s rare that I see anyone dining in and there’s never a line, but somehow, the lettuce, tomatoes and other fixings are always fresh and far and away higher quality than any of the fast sandwich competition.  Best of all, each sandwich comes with a complimentary pickle spear.

There’s no chef-created horseradish sauce or jalapeno laced mayo.  Nothing fancy, just a sandwich.  Therefore, I won’t bore you with some sort of subtle taste analysis which tries to find as much depth in a ham sandwich as a Mozart symphony, but suffice to say Honey Baked Ham makes a high quality ham sandwich.  Maybe Jared and Michael Strahan should take their goofy smiles down the block and taste a real sandwich.

p.s.  A trip to the real doctor revealed that my vitals, while not perfect, were nothing which necessitated eating a week’s worth of ham sandwiches.

Pros: Quality sandwich; fresh ingredients; nothing deep-fried; pickle spear.

Cons: No frills; your sandwich will not be a foot long and it will not be $5; eating a ham sandwich always reminds me of Mama Cass.

Taste: 9.00/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $5.99 (sandwich alone); $1 pop; $1 chips - Frequent Sandwich Club punch card: Buy 5 get one free.

Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10

Nutrition Facts:
not available

8 comments on “Review: Classic Ham Sandwich from Honey Baked Ham

  1. Roger H says:

    We have a Honeybaked Ham Cafe where I live and it’s a great place to have a sandwich. Ours stays busy. My personal favorite is the Paradise Club.

  2. David says:

    If you sign up for their email list, you can get a coupon that will knock down the price for a sandwich to $3.97.

    • Murray says:

      That’s a bargain! If figured I was doing OK getting every 6th sandwich free. My advanced education in mathematics told me this was the equivalent of $4.99/sandwich.

  3. Chefprotoss says:

    I haven’t even read the review yet, but I want to show my excitement for HAM!

    Hey Ryan, can you change the name of the site to hamgrade? All ham! All the time!?

    If you guys can’t tell I LOVE ham=)

  4. kikurage says:

    “Nothing fancy, just a sandwich. ” – I think so.

  5. Ryan says:

    Because of this review, I made my way to Honey Baked Ham today and purchased the Tavern Club for lunch.

    “HoneyBaked Ham, HoneyBaked Smoked Turkey, HoneyBaked Signature Honey Spice Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Tangy Mayo and Honey Mustard on Fresh Sourdough Bread”

    Good stuff.

  6. Murray says:

    Good stuff indeed.