They’re our favorite breakfast food. Smothered in sausage gravy, sitting beside our fried chicken, or just with butter. We don’t care. Nobody does biscuits like the South, and these places prove it. Got a hankering for the best biscuits south of the Mason-Dixon Line? These diners and breakfast beacons won’t disappoint.
- Mama’s Boy—Athens, GeorgiaMama’s Boy has been named best breakfast in Athens, Georgia for four consecutive years (photo courtesy of Mama’s Boy)Mama’s Boy has been the reigning champ four consecutive years when it comes to breakfasts in Athens. Their brunch has been recognized too, and one taste of a Mama’s Boy biscuit and you’ll know why. Prepare to wait for a seat unless you get there the minute they open the doors. In the hometown of the Georgia Bulldogs, expect more than a few hungry college students waiting to get their hands on a biscuit sandwich or diving into biscuits with sausage-thyme gravy before class.
- The Biscuit Pit—Grenada, Mississippi Located alongside the BP gas station in Grenada, The Biscuit Pit serves up old-style biscuits to nearly everyone in the small town (photo by Nolan G)With a name like The Biscuit Pit, you don’t have to wonder what their specialty is. Forget the giant, fluffy concoctions of fast-food chicken havens, these aren’t the biscuits your mama made. These are the biscuits your mama’s mama made. A surprising find at a gas station/restaurant, you can’t go wrong with a biscuit made from the same recipe they’ve been using for years, with many of the same people who’ve been making them for years. Try one of these old-school biscuits with a fried pork tenderloin.
- Ozark Cafe—Jasper, ArkansasThe iconic diner in Jasper, Arkansas, The Ozark Cafe, is known for more than burgers and shakes (photo courtesy of The Ozark Cafe)This popular burger spot has been dishing it out in the Ozarks since 1909. While their monstrous burgers and shakes are worth a trip to this hidden gem, the biscuits and chocolate gravy are what made them famous. If you haven’t tried chocolate gravy with a hot, buttered biscuit, do yourself a favor and make the drive to the Ozark Cafe. The scenic Highway 7 drive will make it worth your trip to the sweetest biscuits you’ve ever had.
- Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen—Louisburg, North Carolina The Sunrise Kitchen has been serving in Louisburg, North Carolina, since 1978The location in Louisburg has been serving biscuits since 1978. Using his grandmother’s recipe, the owner insists it was these biscuits that gave her the stamina to raise seventeen children. We don’t know about that, but we do know these are some drool-worthy biscuits. They became a destination restaurant for North Carolinians ever since their Food Network attention. The Chapel Hill location is drive-through only but gets backed up with Duke’s brightest clamoring for a sausage and cheddar biscuit.
- Hominy Grill—Charleston, South Carolina Located in an 1800’s building, Hominy Grill is known for putting their own spin on classic Southern dishesHominy Grill is known for putting its own spin on some of the most traditional dishes of the South. And the biscuits do not get overlooked. Portioned to fill and made with a mixture of butter, shortening, AND lard, these tender treasures might just be better than your mama used to make. Their specialty is the Big Nasty—a biscuit sandwich filled with a fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese, and gravy.
- Loveless Cafe—Nashville, Tennessee Since opening in 1951, The Loveless Cafe has changed owners and received a facelift. The biscuits, however, remain the same. (Photo courtesy of The Loveless Cafe)Despite changing ownership numerous times since the Loveless Cafe first opened in 1951, one thing has remained the same. The biscuits. Using the same secret recipe that Lon and Annie Loveless used in their home, this iconic diner’s biscuits have become as popular as the famous country music theater nearby. Well, almost. But word did spread so far that the diner was asked to prepare the Valentine’s Day meal for the prestigious James Beard House, giving New Yorkers a taste of some of the best biscuits the South has to offer.
- Biscuit King’s Fun Barn—Fairhope, Alabama Off the now fairly beaten path of Fairhope’s County Road 24 is the Biscuit King—a destination for those hoping to get their hands around an “ugly biscuit”It’s hard to have a breakfast experience quite like one at Biscuit King’s Fun Barn. Off the beaten path down Fairhope’s County Road 24, it’s a destination worth the drive for the “ugly biscuit.” Ugly it is, but the concept is beautiful. It’s a biscuit with the eggs and sausage (or whatever you have) baked inside. A perfect biscuit to fit in your hand—unless it’s hot, and it usually is, since they serve them straight out of the oven. But one would expect nothing less from biscuit royalty.
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