Biscuits should be their own food group. Growing up in the south, a great biscuit can really make or break a meal. We have ranked our faves in the past, but with so many new places opening we wanted to revisit the subject.
Just a reminder - we try not to name the same places each time! So last time's picks - Time Out, Sunrise, State Farmers Market, Bojangles, Cracker Barrel, Flying Biscuit and Biscuitville - weren't included this time around.
Now the current list:
Jubala Village Coffee (Raleigh) - This north Raleigh cafe is located in the Lafayette Village shopping area. They are known for great coffee and waffles, but make sure to try their biscuits served with apple butter or jam, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter or with maple bacon. YUMM!
Rise (Durham) - Chef Tom Ferguson serves up freshly made doughnuts (try the Maple Bacon Bar!) and biscuits at this Durham shop located in a strip near the Streets at Southpoint Mall. The biscuits are a meal in themselves.The menu changes daily but has included chicken biscuits (our fave!), fried mozzarella biscuits, mac and cheese biscuits and more! You probably should buy a few and share.
Joule and Beasley's Chicken and Honey (Raleigh) - We decided to put both of Ashley Christensen's restaurants together on this list. Joule, the new coffee shop she opened up just a few doors down from Chuck's and Beasley's on South Wilmington Street, has a fresh selection of pastries and croissants made every hour, but what caught our taste buds was the Ashe County Cheddar Cheese biscuit! It was huge enough to share and not too cheesy. We also wanted to mention Beasley's, which serves up plain buttermilk biscuits and their famous chicken biscuits with pickled green tomato, Dijon and honey.
Hunnicutts (State Fairgrounds in Raleigh) - This restaurant is only open at the NC State Fairgrounds during the NC State Fair. Just look for the building with the giant oak tree outside! Family owned and operated since 1943, they serve up some of the best biscuits around. Our own Tar Heel Traveler Scot Mason even profiled Betty Buchanan, known as "Memaw," as she made some a few years ago. The State Fair starts Oct. 17.
Popeyes (various locations: Raleigh, Garner, Fayetteville) - I'm originally from New Orleans, so I had to include Popeyes on the list. This Louisiana-based chain is known for their are buttery, delicious biscuits. I recommend them with some strawberry jam!
Where is your favorite place to get a biscuit?