A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we seek enlightenment, Southern style – otherwise known as bliss on a biscuit.
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh
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Bliss on a biscuit: Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern classic? Find the answer in Ashley Christensen’s take on a fried chicken biscuit with pickled green tomato, dijon mustard and honey.
Two Raleigh locations: 220 Wolfe St. (at City Market), and 5009 Falls of Neuse Road (Quail Corners Shopping Center)
919-836-9909 (City Market); 919-747-9533 (Falls of Neuse)
Bliss on a biscuit: Choose from a dozen options, from country ham to smoked sausage. For dessert, get a plain biscuit, slather with butter, and squeeze on as much molasses as you dare.
Dallas Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits
1101 E. Williams St., Apex
Bliss on a biscuit: Take a hint from the name, and see why the fried chicken biscuit has earned this locally owned fast food joint the title of “Apex’s oldest restaurant.”
The Fiction Kitchen
428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh
Bliss on a biscuit: Fried “chicken” biscuit with North Carolina blackberry jam, served with grits or root vegetable hash, is the vegan path to nutritional nirvana.
235 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh
Bliss on a biscuit: The Dixie Cannonball, an oversize biscuit filled with a molten blend of local sausage gravy and smoked cheddar, is guaranteed to hit the target.
Rise Biscuits Donuts
Multiple locations; see website.
Bliss on a biscuit: Check the specials board for the likes of The Cubano and Three Mushroom Gravy. Or design your own biscuit sandwich, choosing from a list that covers the spectrum from country ham to fried eggplant “bacon.”
State Farmers’ Market Restaurant
1240 Farmers Market Drive, Raleigh
Bliss on a biscuit: They’re rightly proud of their buttermilk biscuits here – did you catch the name of the website? – which come in more than a dozen variations. Try the streak o’ lean biscuit for a real taste of country.
3652 Rogers Road, Wake Forest
Bliss on a biscuit: Big, buttery square biscuits with a variety of filling options from Nutella to chicken breast (grilled or fried) to thick-cut bacon and egg.