Breakfast Biscuits in NC/SC
For me, breakfast biscuits rank alongside BBQ as one of the unique foodways of the Carolinas. Not unique like liver mush in that they are available here but rare elsewhere. Rather, I mean uniquely good. They're also available as a fast, carryout item from a lot of places.
When all else fails (in reality, much more often than that), Bojangles or the more rare Biscuitville suffices. I'd like to exclude places that serve biscuits as part of a sit down meal. I'm thinking more about locally produced fast or slow food. What about the smaller places? Here are a few I've gleaned:
In another post, Naco recommends Flo's Kitchen in Wilson. t's a little drive-in that's open until around 1pm or so and does really great breakfast biscuits. They cook a mean pork chop, too.
In Raleigh, Taylor's Wines, the gas station just north of 540 on Six Forks, serves 4 varieties of homemade biscuits. They're quite good, though different than you'll find elsewhere.
In Carrboro, Neal's Deli is supposed to serve a great biscuit, though I haven't tried it yet.
In Charlotte, Greystone Restaurant on South Blvd. has great biscuits, and my fried chicken biscuit-loving-17-year-old son says theirs are "the best".
I know it's a chain but the biscuits from Flying Biscuit in Cameron Villlage (with the apple butter spread..) are so heavenly.
Also this is really not helpful but I stopped by this place somewhere between Durham and Chapel Hill with incredible biscuits. The place was half general store, half U-Haul rental center, and there wasn't much else around. If you can find it, though..
You will be hard pressed to find a bigger proponent for bojangles and I (and my particular leaning is toward the Western Ave location- nothing better) but the biscuits *can* be overcooked on occasion. They're also a tad more dense than I'd like. For a chicken filet combo with tea and seasoned fries, there is nothing better, but on biscuit alone, I've got to go with Flying Biscuit.
Flying Biscuit Cafe
2016 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605
I'm a huge Sunrise biscuit kitchen fan but I was in Carrboro this morning for a meeting and stopped in for my first biscuit from Neal's Deli.
The biscuit was very fresh and light with a nicely buttery, lardy flavor. What set it apart was the filling. I guess I'd just gotten used to fairly industrial meat/egg/cheese on biscuits. The sausage was Cane Creek and the egg was cooked fresh after I ordered the biscuit. It vaulted Neal's way ahead of anything I've had (biscuit solo, about equal, sausage and egg, no contest). It was more expensive than Biscuitville or Sunrise but I don't mind paying for quality.
One negative, the coffee I got with it wasn't terrible but made me wish I'd ducked into Open Eye next door instead. It was a bit weak and watery.
Open Eye Cafe
101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510
100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510
Flo's was going to be my main recommendation. Mickey's BBQ in Fountain has the best cheese biscuit that I've found.