What Is a Honey Hole, Anyway?

A brief history of the name Seattle sandwich-lovers adore.

The Honey Hole was voted Best Sandwich in the 2015 Best of Seattle Reader Poll. To view the other winners, go here.

For some, the proximity of Honey Hole and Babeland, its neighbor two doors down, raises a carnal question. On name alone, it is easy to jump to the conclusions that the block between Boylston and Harvard on Pike Street was some kind of sex-positive strip mall. However, the Honey Hole does not deal in erotic pleasures; instead, it has been bringing us some of the best sandwiches in town for more than 15 years. So, what does “honey hole” mean?

A “honey hole” is actually a “hidden gem” or “a really sweet fishing spot”—the meaning that led the original owner, avid fisherman Sean London, to use the name. Honey Hole was to be a sweet spot for Seattleites to have a drink and enjoy some of the best sandwiches in town—and it is.

Popular favorites include The Gooch (house-roasted tri-tip, red onions, sharp Cheddar, horseradish mayo, and a side of jus) and the vegetarian Emilio Pestovez (smoked-tomato Field Roast, housemade pesto, goat cheese, sautéed onions, lettuce, and tomato served on a demi-baguette). And if you just want to come in for a drink, you can hang at “the shack,” which is a cross between the tiki bar in my granddad’s basement and that shed in your second cousin’s backyard in Arkansas.

And London’s favorite fishing spot? When asked, he simply said, “I’d like to keep that honey hole to myself.” 703 Pike St., 709-1399, thehoneyhole.com


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