Even World War II couldn't stop Mark Honeywell. It just slowed him down a little. After establishing himself in the business world by founding a Fortune 500 company, Honeywell committed to the creation of the Honeywell Memorial Community Center, dedicated to his late wife Olive and his parents. Construction began a year later, but the material and labor demands of the war did take a toll, stretching the process out over a decade. When the center was finally completed in 1952, it was obvious that community was at its heart: a roller rink and gymnasium gave residents a chance to bust out their skates and sneakers, and the lounge afforded grown-ups a place to play cards or talk about decoration schemes for their new nuclear-fallout shelters. More recent years have seen the addition of a 1,500 seat theater, a restaurant, and an art gallery.
While some barbecue chefs take sides on the age-old debate about the best cuts and sauces, the grill masters at Jefferson Street BBQ are happy to just serve all of them. They smoke cuts of pulled pork, beef brisket, and slabs of baby back ribs, pairing them with housemade sides such as potato salad, green beans with bacon, and jalapeño corn bread. Their barbecue defines almost every dish, gracing sandwiches, nachos, baked potatoes, even salads. The pulled pork nacho platter, for example, features smoked bacon, nacho cheese, jalapeños, avocados, and your choice of barbecue sauce.
On Sunday mornings, chefs put away the menus and instead stock their buffet table with brunch favorites such as gravy-drizzled biscuits, fried Yukon potatoes, smoked bacon, and waffles. At the omelet station, they cook eggs to order so guests can customize dishes without sending scans of their taste buds to the kitchen before meals.
Nick's Kitchen is Huntington's diner-eats outpost, offering breakfast and lunch menus full of time-tested meals. According to Lunch Encounter, Nick's Kitchen founder Nick Freienstein is the Thomas Edison of pork-tenderloin sandwiches, inventing them in the early twentieth century when most Americans were still eating chunks of gold. Freienstein's tenderloin sandwich ($5.25) lives on at Nick's Kitchen, along with the Quayle Burger ($8.50), a half pound of ground chuck topped with lettuce, onion, and tomato that was created specifically for the vice president and comes with enough fries to share with hungry secret service members. Breakfast, served from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., can take the shape of the breakfast bowl with one egg, fried potatoes, veggies, and sausage gravy ($5.25), or the hearty Incredible Breakfast, which unites bone-in ham, cheesy potatoes, two eggs any style, and toast ($6.50).
Since 1969, thin-crust pies have emerged from Z-Place Pizza’s oven crowned with custom combos of 15 ingredients, including banana peppers and chicken. Over time, Z-Place’s culinary team has even created its own specialties, including a variation of the Hawaiian pizza that swaps its custom-crafted pizza sauce for barbecue.
Along with favorites such as chicken-parm grinders, Z-Place’s cooks supplement their pies with some less common pizzeria dishes. Rather than grill or deep-fry, they opt to broast wings, fish, and pork chops. They even craft nine riffs on the baked potato, including versions with pizza and bacon-cheeseburger fixings. Feasts unfold inside Z-Place's booth-lined dining room, whose back wall is filled with arcade classics for pre- and post-meal gaming.
Blue Lion Coffee keeps brain waves buzzing with its hand-selected raw coffee beans, roasted on demand in small batches to accentuate the beans inherent and vibrant flavor. A trained brew crew assists java seekers in selecting the bean or blend, some organic or shade-grown, that best represents their favorite Federalist, then roasts it in-house for a take-home treasure that captivates tongue buds for up to 14 days. Percolate through a half-pound bag of King Louis organic french roast, a rich, dark blend ($6.75), or wake up to the bold drips and window-shaking rolls of Morning Thunder ($12/pound).
At Brew'ha Coffee House, patrons recline in comfy chairs and leather couches amid walls painted with earth-toned swirls. As they sip on the baristas' drink creations, guests feel their heartbeats pick up with caffeinated espresso concoctions, their body heat cool down with blended fruit smoothies, or their fingers warm up flavored milk steamers. On Monday night, open-mic sessions give coffee beans a chance to read poetry about the highs and lows of being roasted. For an offsite fix, Brew'ha maintains a satellite location at Park View Hospital.