We seek out some of the best biscuits in the Triangle, those not sold at the drive-thru.
We know about Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen and all the classic fast-food restaurant biscuits, too.
Here, we search for bliss on a biscuit from places you may not have considered — and those you don’t need to get in a drive-thru.
237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh
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.
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.”
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.
1200 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham
Bliss on a biscuit: True to diner tradition, Grub serves three meals a day. And true to its own mission, the breakfast menu (served until 3 p.m.) offers a varied mix of traditional and contemporary options. Keep it old school if you like a breakfast biscuit — the Best Bird, say, with fried chicken, maple pepper bacon, bread and butter pickles, and honey-butter drizzle on a buttermilk biscuit. Or the Country Road: ham, fried egg, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and creole mustard on a sweet potato biscuit.
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.
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.”
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.
201 W. Martin St., Raleigh
Bliss on a biscuit: Beware the cracklin’ biscuits. Light and buttery, their tops spangled with crunchy bits of pork crackling, they’re so addictive they might as well just drop a couple of letters and call them crack biscuits.