The Cafe Hon sits on "The Avenue" in Hampden -- one of Baltimore's little neighborhoods. Hamden is enjoying a period of blue-collar-chic, with housing prices rising and new shops and restarants opening all the time. The thrift and dollar stores closed recently to make way for more antique shops. . .
Cafe Hon has been around as long as I've known (ten years) and has consistently served meals that are higher priced than their taste or value merit. The service isn't consistent - I've found that usually the wait staff tends to forget your special request (add onions to the grilled cheese, for example) or remember too late to make a difference -- like a beverage finally getting served at the end of dessert.
Still, wait staff are usually friendly and the menu -- though short -- offers standards from grilled cheese to meatloaf and apple pie.
Great basic food, with an eclectic "John Waters" ambiance. I tried the crabcake the last time I was there, it certainly hit the spot!
"hon" is a Baltimore slang.... we say it to most everyone in conversation.