Growl Review: Honey Badger Bistro

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Kim S.

Honey Badger Bistro

By Kim S.


Vegetable Panini and Butternut Soup – Image courtesy of Kim S.

The portion size was quite generous for the cost. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Honey Badger Bistro is a cute place, but the decor is a bit random and not entirely cohesive. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Our waitress was polite and attentive. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and freshness of the food. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Everything looked well-maintained and clean. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole


On January 15, 2014 the Growlitas headed to the Honey Badger Bistro at 5975 Wyandotte Street East.

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In the heart of Olde Riverside lies a gastropub named for a creature recently renowned for its indifference. When you go there, which you should, park curb-side – and rest assured, dear readers, that when it comes to food, the honey badger does care a great deal indeed.

Innocuous is the adjective that comes to mind when I recall the interior of the Honey Badger Bistro. There’s nothing pretentious about it, though the photo of the Eiffel Tower on the wall is a bit on the random side.

The place is clean, and the bar is a nice sight, with tall black chairs and glasses lined up waiting to be filled for thirsty patrons. It doesn’t ooze ambiance, but it’s comfortable. It feels like a restaurant where one could go with friends to have a drink and a laugh and a damn fine meal – more on that to come!

Our group was seated at a table for six near the back of the restaurant, where I was able to take in a good view of the place. There are large windows in the front that provide a view of the street and, I would imagine, plenty of light during the daytime. We were greeted courteously and promptly by our waitress, and our orders arrived without delay.

I had the vegetable panini – cucumbers, greens, roasted peppers, and Brie on a marbled bread – and butternut soup. The sandwich was delightfully crunchy and fresh. The soup tasted homemade, swirled with what I believe was fresh cream, and it had a not overly sweet, pleasant flavour. My gin & tonics were mixed masterfully.

I’ll let them speak for themselves in the comments, but it seemed my fellow Growl gals had similarly favourable reviews to offer. Kelly said her Shiraz was marvelous, and quite enjoyed both her mussels appetizer and steak and fries entrée. In fact, I seem to recall that her only complaint was the length of the forks.


Image courtesy of Kim S.

I would return to the Honey Badger Bistro whenever in the mood for a delicious meal in a relaxed setting. You really can’t go wrong with this mellow bistro.

Kim S.‘s Overall Rating
The food was a pleasant surprise, and I enjoyed the casual atmosphere. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half


Sylvia V. said: “This was my second excellent meal at Honey Badger – some of the best prepared and presented food in the city. The décor is simple, but sincere. The service is super friendly and prompt. The cocktails are delightful. This makes for a winning combination for me. I’ll be back again and again.”

Lisa L. said: “I’ve already recommended this quaint little place! I was very impressed with my meal, and the service was great. I can’t wait to return.”

Micky G. said: “I really enjoyed my dinner – the gluten free chicken fingers were excellent. The service was excellent too. I will go back and have already recommended it to friends.”


Gluten-free Chicken Fingers – Image courtesy of Micky G.

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  • Laurel Regan
    January 25, 2014, 11:22 pm

    I am SO disappointed that I had to miss this Growl – Honey Badger Bistro sounds like a great place! I’ll have to visit the restaurant some other time, perhaps with one (or more) of you guys in tow?!
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