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WFUnix Mar 1, 2009 10:52 AM

Who has the best cheese biscuits in eastern NC? This morning, I had a delicious bacon egg & cheese biscuit at the Travel Store in Washington across from Beaufort County Community College.

For those of you that don't know, many independently owned and small chain convenience stores in eastern NC sell delicious cheese biscuits, which is basically just a biscuit that has hoop cheese melted in it. Then you can add to it various meats and egg, like you would at a Bojangles, etc. The hoop cheese, instead of a slice of American or cheddar, makes a huge difference! I don't see why anyone that lives in eastern NC would ever want Bojangles, Hardees, etc., for a biscuit again! Surprisingly, I can't find much info about these cheese biscuits online.

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    NaturallyRecommended Mar 2, 2009 02:50 PM

    I've never heard of them before, but they sound awesome. Wish I knew where to find one to try near Raleigh.

    Sara
    http://www.naturallyrecommended.com

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      fussycouple Mar 5, 2009 07:32 AM

      It is said that old Tobias Hornblower invented the cheese biscuit in Selwin, NC in 1803 as a result of an accident regarding mixing bowls. The resulting crispy goodness quickly became a local favorite in the bustling metropolis, and spread over a mere 50 years to neighborhing Gatesville. Carpetbaggers from NYC moving through the region stole the concept and attempted to make it appear as though they invented cheese biscuits on their return to the North and other foreign lands...

      In 1989, a Red Lobster chef who was originally from Selwin sold his soul and the recipe to his corporate headquarters, thereby giving us another internet meme for replicating recipes, similar to the Toll house cookie conspiracy.

      As of this writing, the entire populations of Gatesville and Selwin are in huge demand across the world as biscuit chefs.

      It is well known that only hoop cheese is acceptable in original recipes, but 10-year aged cheddar has been touted as a modern replacement for sophisticated tastebuds.

    2. Suzy Q Mar 2, 2009 09:28 PM

      I've never heard of them either, unfortunately. But I've been making cheese biscuits just like this at home for years. I'll have to keep an eye out in our travels for them!

      1. wb247 Mar 2, 2009 10:07 PM

        i dunno... bo's and hardee's make a hell of a biscuit - they are easily a cut above the other fast food places, and most independent places. that being said, bo's has a cheddarbo biscuit they only offer east of raleigh. the L&L's around usually do a pretty good job, but their biscuit quality isn't as consistent across the board. the benvenue grill, in rocky mount on benvenue road does a really good job with breakfast.

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          rockycat Mar 3, 2009 06:58 AM

          It must be a down east thing. Many years ago (about 20) the late, lamented Englewood buffet in Rocky Mount offered cheese biscuits as a standard offering on the breakfast buffet. The Spouse was a huge fan of them, IIRC. I don't recall having seen them since.

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            albritton76 Mar 3, 2009 04:49 PM

            You're making this sound like a regional specialty, and I really don't think it is. Just as there are biscuits in many different regions, there are those who add cheese to the mix for something different.

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              Scirocco Mar 5, 2009 10:05 AM

              They're not talking about mixing cheese into the dough (like a Red Lobster cheese biscuit), they're talking about a big glob of gooey yummy hoop cheese in the middle of a plain biscuit. Sort of like a jelly doughnut, the cheese is just in the middle. I lived in eastern NC for several years and have traveled the US extensively and have never seen this type of cheese biscuit anywhere else. I live in Western NC now and they don't even have them here. Maybe they have them other places, but I've never seen it. I miss them too - SOOO good!

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                Naco Mar 5, 2009 10:49 AM

                That's interesting. I had no idea that this was peculiar to eastern NC, and that Bojangle's doesn't even offer the Cheddar-bo in other parts of the state.

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                  chazzer Mar 5, 2009 11:50 AM

                  Thats what I remember for Rocky Mount years ago, they were also square

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                    albritton76 Mar 5, 2009 02:22 PM

                    Well, I'm not doubting you, but it's news to me. My family's lived in Beaufort and Pitt Counties since the colonial era, and I've never heard of them, much less tasted them.

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                      Scirocco Mar 5, 2009 06:25 PM

                      I've eaten way too many of them. !! But, mostly in Wilson near where I worked (Flo's, Ray's and others I can't remember). Mmm! I've never seen them at commercial places (like Bojangles, etc), just mom and pop places.

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                        Naco Mar 5, 2009 06:55 PM

                        I can't imagine living here your whole life and not having had a cheese biscuit. They're such a ubiquitous breakfast item that I had no idea they were peculiar to the area.

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                          albritton76 Mar 6, 2009 04:11 AM

                          Dunno. I've just never been that down with "country" cooking. Nothing wrong with it - just not something I'm into.

                          When I think of foods representative of Eastern NC, I think of barbeque, scalloped oysters, and those little biscuits with country ham.

                  2. Naco Mar 5, 2009 05:03 AM

                    Shaw's BBQ in Williamston, the Lil' Man(often called the Lil' Mint) in Plymouth, and Family Favorites( also often called the Lil' Mint) in Robersonville all have excellent cheese biscuits. I usually go for a sausage and cheese biscuit, myself.

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                      countgrog Mar 5, 2009 08:23 AM

                      My wife is from Washington and when we visit her mom we always get a cheese biscut from King Chicken. Those are always good and huge.

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                        RetiredPowerGuy Mar 6, 2009 06:33 PM

                        Grew up in Washington, NC and still return occassionally and am familiar with these cheese biscuits.My grandmother used to make them. I've traveled quite a bit but never encountered them fixed quite like these. I've had them from King Chicken and Mom's Grill there, both outstanding........!

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                          WFUnix Mar 7, 2009 09:31 AM

                          Mom's is good, but they had a B rating last time I went by about a month ago.

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                          countgrog May 11, 2009 07:19 AM

                          was in Washington over the weekend and enjoyed King Chickens Cheese biscuits as that is what my mother-in-law wanted for Mothers Day.

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                            crzkatz3 Jul 2, 2009 02:18 PM

                            I grew up eating these in both Pitt and Beaufort counties. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY. I'm in SC now and they look at me like I have two heads when I talk about them. The Trade Station on 10th street in Greenville and the a station off of Fire Tower Road make them. I was in Belhaven last week on vacation and the Old Towne Restaurant in Bath had them for breakfast. I don't get them very often because of the calories but when I do, I savor every bite. I've tried making them but can't get the cheese to stay inside the biscuit. Just as well. :-)

                            1. Naco Jul 21, 2009 08:09 AM

                              Had a very good cheese biscuit at the Country Mart on 903 in Stokes this morning. They have another location on 11 between Greenville and Bethel that also does them, IIRC.

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                                4nursebee Dec 26, 2009 02:18 AM

                                1. CheddarBO at bojangles
                                2. Country mart on 11, 2-3 miles north of city limits, best when dark and crispy cheese runs out of them
                                3. Trade mart downtown, always a line

                                I avoid Peadens grill, gooey biscuit wrapped in foil loses crispness

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                                  Naco Dec 26, 2009 03:21 AM

                                  Yeah, Peaden's isn't so hot.

                                  I don't get them often, but the best cheese biscuit I've had in the last year or so was at Mickey's BBQ in Fountain.

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                                    NXS Dec 26, 2009 09:25 AM

                                    On which street in Greenville is the Trade Mart you are referring to please....

                                  2. jbyoga Dec 26, 2009 10:08 AM

                                    I have had the cheddarbo in Asheville

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                                      Scirocco Dec 26, 2009 12:19 PM

                                      Oooo, didn't know they carried them here! that could be very dangerous.....are they at all of them in the Asheville are or just one in particular?

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                                        jbyoga Jan 2, 2010 11:28 PM

                                        I had one in Candler...

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                                      burgeoningfoodie Dec 26, 2009 07:47 PM

                                      I wasn't sure if the OP meant the hoop cheese was melted into the mix or into the dough. I guess this excludes the Chapel Hill Time Out biscuits. Don't know if Sunrise does any type of a cheese biscuit... but I've also heard disgusting things from people who have worked there and refuse to go at the moment.

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                                        Naco Dec 27, 2009 05:10 AM

                                        The cheese should not be mixed into the dough. It's just placed in the middle of a biscuit(like a sausage patty) and melted.

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                                          burgeoningfoodie Dec 28, 2009 04:43 AM

                                          Okay thats what I was thinking but it seems a lot of the talk on here was about it being a part of the dough...

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                                            Naco Dec 28, 2009 06:17 AM

                                            The only time I saw it specifically addressed(besides the OP, which I thought was clear enough) was by Scirocco, who correctly identified it as a melted cheese interior, not a cheese-mixed-into-dough biscuit.

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                                              grubhub Jan 3, 2010 05:32 AM

                                              There are obviously several permeations....Key Foods Grocery in Rocky Mount puts out amazing biscuits of all kinds - including cheese. I know for certain that they shred 40 lb. blocks of cheddar (6-8 blocks per week!) and mix it into the Formula-L biscuit dough. Anything you order comes on a cheese biscuit...
                                              The breaded pork tenderloin biscuit is also a regional favorite throughout RM, Wilson, and surrounding areas.

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                                                Naco Jan 3, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                There's an exception to every rule. When I thought about this a bit as a result of this thread, the unifying factors at at the places I get cheese biscuits were:

                                                1. Hoop cheese
                                                2. Cheese not mixed into the dough
                                                3. Big, "cat head" style biscuit

                                                I'd really appreciate some more information on Key Foods as far as what they have and what's good. Do you know of any other places like that in Rocky Mount? I'm up that way fairly often and have never found anything interesting.

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                                                  grubhub Jan 3, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                  Key Foods is on South Church St. - kind of a rough neighborhood. My go-to has been smoked sausage on a cheese biscuit. Fried chicken, livers, gizzards, wings...the chicken pastry is great also.

                                                  I think even RM natives will admit that the culinary landscape is pretty bare...BBQ, biscuits, buffets, and fried seafood (Madison, Mayflower) dominate. There's a place called Cuvee which is as close to creative as you'll find...

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                                                    Naco Jan 4, 2010 04:25 AM

                                                    Thanks for the tips. The neighborhood doesn't bother me, so I'll probably give it a shot sometime.

                                                    In RM and elsewhere, I'm usually not even looking for creativity. I'm mostly into traditional foods, whether they be from NC, the South, or abroad. But I haven't even been able to find good Southern food in Rocky Mount. There's an okay Mexican place right off 64 on Benvenue Rd. which is about the only acceptable locally owned place I've found.

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                                                      countgrog Jan 12, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                      My wife went home recently and had a cheese biscuit at the Slate Stone Grocery in Washington, NC. She said it was a lot better than King Chicken.

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                                                        lboeckx Feb 10, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                        Gardners bbq? Their fried chicken and sweet potato jacks are both worth a bite.

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                                                        Tehama Nov 9, 2012 05:33 AM

                                                        A short drive over to Tarboro will greet you with a precious little place called On The Square. Give that a whirl the next time you're in Nash / Edgecombe.

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                                            surfnpainter May 22, 2010 06:50 AM

                                            I too cannot believe that anyone who has grown up in Eastern NC has never heard of a Cheese biscuit!! Almost every country mart in Pitt, Lenoir and Greene county sells them. Especially like the gas station next to Hardees in Snow Hill, Mini Mart in Grifton, and Quik stop at Evans and Fire Tower road in Greenville. Have to try these biscuits

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                                              Duane Scarborough Jul 16, 2010 05:03 PM

                                              surfnpainter,

                                              I completely agree. I spent most of my life on Southwest Georgia. I had never heard of an Eastern NC cheese biscuit until I moved to Greenville in 1996.

                                              Peadens, in Greenville, was my introduction to them. They make a seriously good cheese biscuit.

                                              I moved to Wilson about 1999, and since then have discovered Flo's, and Griffin's, and more recently Abram's (next to the Parkwood Mall) cheese biscuits. Ain't none of them bad. !!!

                                              But we eat more of my homemade cheese biscuits.

                                              I use Grands "canned" biscuits, roll them out, put cheddar cheese in them, wrap 'em up and bake them like that.

                                              They're not quiet as good as Flo's, but pretty darn good. (and I can make them while still in my drawers on the week-end).

                                              Duane

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                                              Peaden's
                                              2399 N Memorial Dr, Greenville, NC 27834

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                                                Naco Jul 17, 2010 05:32 AM

                                                Peaden's burned down a few months ago. They're supposed to be rebuilding, but they lost most of the building and it looks like slow going.

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                                                  Duane Scarborough Jul 17, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                  Man, I hate to hear that! I was trying to thing of an excuse to go to Greenville, just so I could get a Peaden's cheese biscuit.

                                                  I hope them success in rebuilding.

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                                                  Peaden's
                                                  2399 N Memorial Dr, Greenville, NC 27834

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                                                    Naco Jul 17, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                    I wasn't too impressed with the last few ones I'd had from Peaden's, honestly. If you're in Wilson, you could stop halfway and go to Mickey's BBQ in Fountain. Theirs are great.

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                                              chuckcharles22 May 25, 2010 03:31 AM

                                              Abrams in Tarboro NC has the best cheese bisquits ever!

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                                                steveindurham3 Aug 23, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                I went to Flo's on Saturday and it was incredible. Going back this Saturday as I will be in the area again.

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                                                  Naco Aug 23, 2010 08:34 AM

                                                  Oddly, I haven't tried their cheese biscuit. I almost always fall victim to the pork chop sandwich at Flo's.

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                                                countgrog Aug 24, 2010 08:05 AM

                                                I went to the Slatestone Grocery in Washington, NC this weekend and that may be the best cheese biscuit I've had. Hot really full of gooey cheese and a really big and tasty butter biscuit. Really cheap too. They were lined up Saturday morning and we sat there for an hour they went thru dozens of trays of them. People were coming in and getting a whole box load.

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                                                  steveindurham3 Aug 26, 2010 10:36 AM

                                                  Does anyone have a recommendation in Snow Hill? I will be going through there on Sat. It appears the Hardee's is closed so I'm having trouble finding the place that surfnpainter is talking about.

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                                                    Naco Aug 26, 2010 10:49 AM

                                                    Strickland-Dail Dining is a country buffet with an excellent reputation. Call them, though. I think that they might be closed on Saturday. The hours are very weird. I want to try them, but have had a hard time catching them open.

                                                    Jason Grill is on 903 between La Grange and Snow Hill. Excellent wood-cooked barbecue and the best slaw I've ever had, but again, idiosyncratic hours/days of operation. And no phone, either, so it's basically a crapshoot.

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                                                      steveindurham3 Aug 27, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                      Thanks Naco - plan on trying to catch Jason Grill tomorrow.

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                                                        Naco Aug 27, 2010 12:42 PM

                                                        Let us know what you think if it's open. If you strike out, Grady's BBQ in Dudley is not terribly far away from the Jason Grill. And I know I promote it a lot, but La Cuata has excellent homestyle Mexican, also in Dudley. Saturday is a great day to go- order off the specials whiteboard on the back wall.

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                                                          steveindurham3 Aug 27, 2010 01:37 PM

                                                          Do you have an address for La Cuata? Do you have a recommendation there? Going to try to catch Jason's and pick up some food to go grom Grady's and La Cuata during my travels tomorrow.

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                                                            Naco Aug 27, 2010 04:12 PM

                                                            I can't get an exact address to come up in Google, but it's on 117Alt, adjacent to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee office, which is marked in Google. It's just north of the intersection of Sleepy Creek Rd. and 117 Alt. Grady's is on the corner of Arrington Bridge Rd. and Sleepy Creek a few miles to the east. All you need to do to get to La Cuata is hop on Sleepy Creek and make a right onto 117Alt.

                                                            Check out this thread for some more detailed impressions of La Cuata.

                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6418...

                                                            All of the soups and stews are great, and would make for good take out. They usually have, at a bare minimum, birria(both goat and lamb), caldo de res(beef stew), and pozole.

                                                            If you like spicy food, try something that's spicy here- the flavors are really complex. The mole is good for this, some others you have to request that they be spicy. Look for a note on the specials board that says "pídalo picosa"(ask for it spicy) beside certain items. There are usually plenty of English speaking staff on the weekends though, and they are really nice and will answer questions about things; you don't need to know Spanish, it just helps a bit.

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                                                              chazzer Aug 28, 2010 05:57 AM

                                                              Not to cause this thread to be sent to the homecooking board, but does anyone know how they are made. Is it a buttermilk or sweat milk biscuit, and are they rolled out and then folded over with the cheese ?

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                                                                JayL Aug 28, 2010 07:06 PM

                                                                Every cheese biscuit I've ever had was a cooked biscuit, cut in half, a piece of hoop cheese inserted, and the halves put back together. This, ideally, should be done with a hot biscuit and room-temp cheese so that the cheese has a better chance of melting (or coming close to the melt).

                                                                The way I've seen them in gas stations is prepped as above, wrapped in plastic, and placed under a heat lamp.

                                                                A tenderloin biscuit is another local favorite...with or without gravy.

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                                                                  chazzer Aug 28, 2010 08:57 PM

                                                                  The ones I had when living in Rocky Mount were baked with the cheese inside of them. I would get them uncut at the Country Buffets and cut them open to insert Country Ham, my personal favorite.

                                                                  The Cheese briskets were always Square and the plan round.

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                                                                  117 W Haynes St, Sandersville, GA 31082

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                                                                steveindurham3 Aug 30, 2010 07:15 AM

                                                                Naco - here is my update from my trip. Went to Flo's and got a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit and a couple of other biscuits which are still in my refrigerator. The biscuit was great. Went to Abram's and got one of thier cheese biscuits which I think the cheese is melted into the biscuit. Bigger fan of the biscuits at Flo's which rank up with the best I've ever had. Nice folks at both places.

                                                                Jason's Grill was closed and appears to be permanently closed although the door the front area was open. They are sporting a C rating of 74.5 so i don't think I wiould be eating there anyway.

                                                                Went to Cliffs of the Neuse State park. Very interesting with the Cliffs being there in eastern NC - not to be expected. After having to go around a detour due to the bridge being out about 1.5 miles from Grady's I made it to Grady's. Wass excited when I saw all the wood out back when I drove up.

                                                                Got the BBQ sandwich with slaw and potato salad. They were out of blackeyed peas and some hush puppies. I thought it was very good and added some of their sauce. Had the banana pudding for dessert -very cool and creamy. Very nice people there - got a pound of BBQ, and pints of cabbage and potato salad to go along with another banana pudding. I'm thinking now that Skylight Inn is the best that I have had recently but Grady's is up there.

                                                                Then went to La Cuata - went in there with my cheat sheet from your recommendations. I'm the 3rd person that is gone there this week based upon your input. They told me that you should come in and introduce your self. Very effiicient place and most people were eating menudo or beef stew. They were not making moles that day. I go the chicken with onions and peppers to make it spicy and one chorizo taco and one pastor taco. Very tasty. Had that for dinner that night. Really liked the chicken dish. Highly recommend and would go back if I was in the area. Thanks for the info.

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                                                                Skylight Inn
                                                                4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC

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                                                                  Naco Aug 30, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                  Thanks for the report. Skylight is generally my favorite, although they kind of duel with Blackbeard's on that score. I would rank Grady's just a hair below the two of them, but this is praising with faint damns. Too bad that they were out of blackeyes though, Grady's has some of the best around.

                                                                  Glad you enjoyed La Cuata! It's pleasing to know that folks are reading these posts and going there. Sometimes I wonder, especially with some of these far flung ones. Maybe you could repost your comments in the thread I made for La Cuata.

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                                                      kevsull0303 Nov 2, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                      Yeah they have great cheese biscuits, i miss them :(

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                                                      arbyunc Aug 30, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                      Can someone clarify exactly what you're talking about here? Is it a cooked biscuit that's been cut in half with cheese laid into the middle, or is the cheese actually cooked inside the biscuit? If it's the latter, here's another eastern NC'er who's never heard of them. Seems it would alter the biscuits' ability to rise properly, no?

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                                                        mpjmph Sep 2, 2010 08:12 AM

                                                        We're talking about the former - plain biscuit cut open with a slice of cheese. There are biscuits made the other way with shredded cheese mixed in the dough. They are also cheese biscuits and can be found in Eastern NC, they are not "Eastern NC cheese biscuits."

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                                                          chazzer Sep 2, 2010 10:35 AM

                                                          I have to disagree with you, the ones I had in Rocky Mount years ago were baked with a center of melted globed cheese. Simply cutting and placing a slice of cheese in them would not have melted to the extent that it was melted, plus I rember getting them uncut at the breakfast buffets, nor are they where the cheese is mixed into the dough. Cutting them open and sticking a slice of cheese is nothing special..

                                                          Please see this recipe that I found for them
                                                          http://chitterlings.com/cgi-bin/chit_...

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                                                            willyorca Oct 31, 2010 05:52 AM

                                                            Chazzer can you please post that link again? It wouldn't work for me and I combed that site but couldn't find it!
                                                            I'm from Pamlico County and various places have good cheese biscuits. I live in
                                                            Granville County now and there's nothing. Sunrise Biscuits are ok but their idea of a cheese biscuit is to slice a biscuit and put a slice of processed cheese food on it...Not my style.
                                                            I miss the big, fluffy, crusty biscuits with the sharp cheddar baked inside so when it is cut it's all gooey and wonderful. These are not a normal biscuit dough and I have to figure it out!!

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                                                              chazzer Oct 31, 2010 06:00 PM

                                                              I looked and cannot find it either. Take your biscuit recipe, after you cut the biscuit, roll it out place the cheese in the center, fold over and place folded side down on baking sheet (square shape). Bake till done.

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                                                            foolmeonce Jul 11, 2011 08:19 PM

                                                            Cheese biscuits have the cheese baked inside. A biscuit that has been opened and cheese inserted after cooking is......well....a biscuit with cheese.

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                                                          kevsull0303 Nov 2, 2010 02:00 PM

                                                          Used to live in Washington NC, and loved the cheese biscuits at Mom's Grill. Now live in Raleigh and cant find any cheese biscuits like that here, do anyone know of a place in raleigh that sells cheese biscuits??????????

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                                                            NC IP Nov 2, 2010 05:47 PM

                                                            Anywhere in Durham?

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                                                              foolmeonce Jul 8, 2011 09:09 PM

                                                              The Fast Break in Fremont has great cheese biscuits. They are a little smaller that in the past because the business has been sold. Also, Bojangles in Goldsboro on Spence Ave has the "Cheddar Bo". I've tried it and it's good, just not like my mama made.

                                                              Cheese biscuits are a fact of life in my family. I was raised in eastern NC and my mama, her mama and my great g-ma and all my aunts made cheese biscuits. An authentic cheese biscuit is not split and the cheese inserted. They are made from flour, hog lard and buttermilk. The "hoop" cheese is cut in squares and inserted in the center of the raw dough. The biscuit is then molded around the cheese. Some will ooze out and that only makes it better. The cheese that collects on the bottom of the biscuit (and the pan) will be both crispy and gooey. That reminds me of the "fried" cheese my mama made when I was little. She melted a pan full of hoop cheese in an iron skillet and we smeared it on our biscuit......very good. Boy, I miss mama's cooking.

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                                                                countgrog Jul 10, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                Saw something on WRAL the other day about Flo's in Wilson, small diner but had them lined up for the cheese biscuits.

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                                                                  Scirocco Jul 10, 2011 09:18 AM

                                                                  Flo's biscuits are awesome!!! I used to work in Wilson and boy, do I miss those biscuits (about the only thing I miss about Wilson - haha!). We are out near Asheville now and that type of biscuit are nowhere to be found - cheese or other varieties. :(

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                                                                    goodeatsinadive Jul 10, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                    Not only are their cheese biscuits wonderful, their tenderloin biscuit is also outstanding. These biscuits are catheads, not comparable in any way to any fast food chain biscuit offerings.

                                                                    If you haven't ever been to Flo's but are close by Wilson, this place is worth seeking out.

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                                                                      Naco Jul 10, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                                      A big mmmm hmmm, I know that's right to all of the above.

                                                                      And honestly, Wilson in general is really great for locally owned, independent restaurants, especially if you like Mexican food. It outclasses Greenville, which is probably twice its size, by a country mile.

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                                                                  Leadmine Jul 11, 2011 06:03 AM

                                                                  RIP Vinter's in Greenville.

                                                                  The flood after Floyd wiped them out but their cheese biscuits are legendary.

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                                                                    Naco Jul 11, 2011 06:36 AM

                                                                    They actually reopened at some point, under new owners but with the same biscuit recipes. But they appear to have closed again at some point in the last few months. My favorite was the sweet potato biscuit.

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                                                                      Leadmine Jul 11, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                                      Served with a side of sass that was always fun. I'm guessing their collection of bounced checks they used to post on the wall was washed away down the Tar River. Vinter's was one of a kind.

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                                                                    igopogo Feb 10, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                                    For the past several months I've been buying NC cheese biscuits, with the sharp hoop type cheese baked into the biscuit dough, in Chapel Hill! The Meat Market sells them in packages of a dozen small ones ready to reheat. They are produced by Lit'l Taste of Heaven in Monroe NC. See litltasteofheaven.com

                                                                    1. SweetPhyl Feb 15, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                      Here on the beautiful OBX of NC, we have an awesome cheese biscuit at a convenience store affectionately called "Biscuits n Porn" in Nags Head. Funny, but I don't even know it's REAL name, but it has a BIG sign on it's red roof that reads 'Biscuits and Such." However, they sell beer koozies emblazoned with "Biscuits n Porn". They sell a cat head cheese biscuit that'll make you slap yo mama. I like the fried bologna biscuit as well.

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                                                                        countgrog Feb 22, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                        where exactly on the OXB?

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                                                                          carolinadawg Nov 8, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                                          2112 S Croatan Hwy at MP 10, 27959 Nags Head, NC

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                                                                        Ltolbert Mar 27, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                                        Ray's Drive In on 301 S in Wilson. Look for the big chicken out front. Never had them but everyone in Wilson dishes about how good they are.

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                                                                          burgeoningfoodie Nov 8, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                                          Per News and Observer

                                                                          http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/0...

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                                                                            quazi Nov 8, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                                            So that is a cheese biscuit. Thanks!

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                                                                            countgrog Jan 23, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                            Mom's Grill in washington has new ownrs I guess because they now have the best cheese biscuits in washington (was there over Christmas Holidays) beats Slate Stone Grocery and King Chicken.

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                                                                              burgeoningfoodie Oct 24, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                              Saw this in News and Observer and thought I'd post it here.

                                                                              http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/2...

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                                                                                boaviagem Oct 24, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                Thanks for posting. I saw this too and brought a copy to Rise to encourage them to add this to their (rotating) menu.

                                                                                I thought it was curious that the recipe in this article said to use cheddar cheese rather saying use hoop cheese with cheddar as a back up choice - although I am sure this style of biscuit would be great with many different types of cheese (both singly and in combination).

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                                                                                Barbara Nov 1, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                Casey's in Wilmington has the best everything.

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