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HONOR BAR - VERY GOOD SANDWICHES AND BURGERS

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Thor123 Oct 4, 2013 10:28 AM

By fluke wound up at the Honor Bar and have now been back 3 times. The crispy chicken sandwich is fantastic, lightly fried with swiss and topped with a spicy kale slaw. My wife adores the veggie burger on a thick lettus bun and while I have not tried it, I am told the burgers are great. They also do sushi, which is just average, but not too expensive and not bad if you want a snack with a drink or two. Much easier to get in and out than South Beverly Grill annex.

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    Ernie RE: Thor123 Oct 4, 2013 10:37 AM

    Yup that chicken sandwich (I believe it is called Ding's Crispy Chicken Sandwich or something similar) is so good. Great fries there too with the dipping sauces

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      kevin RE: Thor123 Oct 23, 2013 03:40 PM

      Is there an online menu for the Honor Bar ????

      I may have to try their veggie burger and kick back a few too many martinis.

      Thank Thor.

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        jessejames RE: kevin Oct 23, 2013 03:50 PM

        http://www.hillstone.com/pdf_menus/so...

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          kevin RE: jessejames Oct 23, 2013 03:53 PM

          Thanks JJ.

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        kevin RE: Thor123 Oct 23, 2013 03:40 PM

        I never would try the sushi here.

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          Thor123 RE: kevin Oct 23, 2013 03:44 PM

          Its not Yamakase, but its not far off from Katsuya Brentwood either IMO. Just simple salmon, tuna and yellow tail. Not bad cuts. Would not go for the sushi, but as a bar snack you could do worse.

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            TonyC RE: kevin Oct 24, 2013 08:44 PM

            nor the burger, which is a slaw-infested atrocity jammed with unripe tomatoes.

            proof: http://sinosoul.com/wp-content/upload...

            there are places with far better food to nosh on Housewives.

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              jessejames RE: TonyC Oct 24, 2013 08:53 PM

              I had it no slaw a few times and i like them. Good size not too big. Fresh meat. Good bun. Not much else like that in hood unless u want a bigger pricier model.

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                Ernie RE: TonyC Oct 25, 2013 08:24 AM

                I think their burger is quite good. Hillstone/Houstons know how to make great slaws and salads

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              jessejames RE: Thor123 Oct 23, 2013 03:48 PM

              it's a fine chicken sandwich...similar in size and almost as good as the old BK specialty fried chicken sandwich--actually a lot better -- i like the hawaiian-esqe style long bun with the sesame seeds. I can vouch for the burgers too -- not huge but well balanced, good pickles and fresh off a grill.

              for those that like eye candy, the porch is a nice perspective

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                kevin RE: jessejames Oct 23, 2013 03:53 PM

                Does anyone remember Burger Hills from years ago ?

                You mean BK as in Burger King ????

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                  jessejames RE: kevin Oct 23, 2013 03:54 PM

                  that's right, the king. my first and last job in the restaurant world!

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                    kevin RE: jessejames Oct 23, 2013 03:58 PM

                    I have a soft spot for their chicken sandwiches on those faux, oblong french rolls with the sesame seeds (?) though I seriously feel like utter fucking crap afterwards.

                    it's like a seriously bad hangover.

                    on the other hand, if i hit up an oki dog pastrami burrito (it goes without saying that it's heavy as fuck and greasy as fuck) but i don't feel bad at all in the way that i get after BK's fried chicken sandwiches.

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                      jessejames RE: kevin Oct 23, 2013 04:02 PM

                      then you'll like the honor bar version because it is oblong etc. nice thick amount of cheese. tasty breaded fried chicken. cut in thirds. quite tasty. (i think you know the hold the mayotard drill--i get cabbage not slaw). I can say that once you work at BK, you don't eat there very often afterwards.

                      when i have the oki dog, it's never that that makes me feel bad, it's the whiskey, beer and their friends that do that.

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                        Thor123 RE: jessejames Oct 24, 2013 03:20 PM

                        Had the Honor Bar version again last night. Really good. Was only cut in two. Did someone steal a part of my sandwich?

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                          jessejames RE: Thor123 Oct 24, 2013 03:22 PM

                          Different cook? Thirds each time I've been. I go lunch time.

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                            kevin RE: jessejames Oct 24, 2013 03:39 PM

                            The ladies who lunch need it cut into dainty little fucking thirds.

                            That's probably the reason why.

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                              jessejames RE: kevin Oct 24, 2013 03:55 PM

                              If you saw the ladies there you wouldn't complain !

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                                kevin RE: jessejames Oct 25, 2013 01:34 AM

                                In that case I will grab one drink there and I will not complain about the ladies.

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                yogachik RE: Thor123 Oct 25, 2013 08:49 AM

                You can get that Ding's Crispy Chicken Sandwich at R+D Kitchen on Montana Avenue, as well. And it's a great place to hang out, eat in the bar, have a martini - no Real Housewives. I wish RD had the dipping sauces for the fries, though.

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                  kevin RE: yogachik Oct 25, 2013 11:38 AM

                  I always forget about the R and D on Montana.

                  Usually When I think of R and D I think of the one in Newport Beach in the Fashion Island. (I'm thinking they have roughly the same menu ?).

                  I'll try it out. And it might be a great option after a classic at the Aero.

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                    Ernie RE: kevin Oct 25, 2013 11:44 AM

                    If you have room after your meal, try the carrot cake at R&D. It is outstanding

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                      JAB RE: Ernie Oct 25, 2013 01:06 PM

                      While not classic, I find it pretty outstanding as well.

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                      JAB RE: kevin Oct 25, 2013 01:08 PM

                      I'm going to have to look for the Crispy Chicken Sandwich at the Newport location. I don't recall it. My 1st choice has been the Carnitas Sandwich followed by the French Dip if the Carnitas isn't available.

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                        kevin RE: JAB Oct 25, 2013 01:08 PM

                        This is going back a few years when I last visited the Newport location.

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                          yogachik RE: JAB Oct 25, 2013 03:46 PM

                          If Newport R+D has the French Dip, it might not have the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. R+D Santa Monica doesn't have the French Dip, much to my dismay (although Hillstone and Bandera both offer it on their menus). I miss the old Rubenesque.

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                            JAB RE: yogachik Oct 26, 2013 12:42 PM

                            Newport does have the French Dip all of the time. I honestly don't recall ever seeing a crispy chicken sandwich there. My wife misses the Rubenesque as well. It wasn't my thing. I go for the Kosher style of corned beef which it wasn't.

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                        aching RE: yogachik Oct 27, 2013 06:11 PM

                        I tried this sandwich today because of this thread, and I concur - it was excellent! Maybe the best chicken sandwich I've had, and I just had Plan Check's delicious version last week. BTW, I got spicy mayo with the fries, and that was excellent too.

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                          Servorg RE: aching Oct 27, 2013 06:26 PM

                          If it's better than the one at Son of a Gun then I will be trying it ASAP...

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                            jessejames RE: Servorg Oct 27, 2013 06:47 PM

                            Thinner more even cutlet a neater sandwich but not small.

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