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WEB EXCLUSIVE 8 local biscuit spots to try on National Buttermilk Biscuit Day May 14.

The biscuit is by far the South’s greatest delicacy. Nothing—and we mean nothing—beats a fresh, fluffy, buttery, flaky biscuit, whether you opt to top yours with meat, jam, pimento cheese (another excellent Southern op), eggs… or just eat it straight up. 

Now we know you can find delish biscuits at quintessential Southern-centric staples like Biscuitville and homegrown (NC, baby!) Bojangles, but the following all-local joints help you feed your biscuit needs and support local by taking the biscuit to a whole new tasty level with time-honored recipes and toppings galore. So, in honor of National Buttermilk Biscuit Day on May 14, try one, or try them all—just be careful of overdough-se-ing.

Dallas Famous Chicken

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While this casual joint may not look like much from the outside, the smell of its freshly baked biscuits alone will clue you in to why this hidden gem has been around for so many years. Dallas Famous Chicken—dubbed the oldest restaurant in Apex—has been serving up classic Southern dishes for decades. Take a hint from its name and order the biscuit with famous fried chicken, or try a classic—and one of our personal faves—a bologna biscuit!

State Farmers Market Restaurant

With the URL, you know these biscuits are legit, and the State Farmers Market Restaurant means business. The famed restaurant’s iconic, giant buttermilk biscuits are big enough to fill you up and give you that warm and fuzzy feeling a la Southern comfort food, and you can have just about anything served on them. Go full-on NC and try the World Famous Jim Graham Biscuit, named after the former agriculture commissioner and served with tomato, mayo, onion and streak o’lean (a deep-fried salt pork).

Big Ed’s Restaurant

Talk about an establishment—Big Ed’s has been serving the City of Oaks since 1958! And there’s a reason this classic breakfast locale always has a line out front. Its menu is huge and includes options for every type of eater—you can’t go wrong with anything you order. But, of course, the biscuits are where it’s at. A couple of our faves are the Cajun chicken biscuit and classic cheese biscuit. No matter what you order, though, don’t forget a side of bacon!

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

“Bigger, better biscuits” is the MO here—and you can taste why. Serving patrons out of a drive-thru window in Chapel Hill for over 40 years, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen’s no-frills approach to Southern fare puts owner David Allen’s grandmother’s biscuit recipe front and center—and its must-try eats have even been featured on Food Network. For a breakfast that tops any other, try the Bad Grampa Combo: crunchy fried chicken, fluffy scrambled eggs, cheese and lots of bacon served up on a freshly baked biscuit with a side of hash browns and a sweet tea (never forget the sweet tea!). 

Jubala Coffee

Coffee and biscuits—the sweet and savory combo of your dreams. Jubala is known for its highly addictive biscuits (try it sweet and topped with local Big Spoon peanut butter and honey, or savory with a fried egg, cheese and country ham) that pair perfectly with craft coffee drinks featuring beans from Black & White Coffee Roasters out of Wake Forest. With two locations (Hillsborough Street and Lafayette Village) and a third in North Hills in the works, Jubala is always a good idea for breakfast or a midday pick-me-up.


Besides the killer biscuits, the best thing about Durham’s GRUB is that it serves breakfast until 3pm. That’s right, you don’t have to wake up at 9am on the weekend to get your hands on one (#Bless). The eatery’s biscuit breakfast sandwiches are next-level—right now we’re loving the Country Road, a sweet potato biscuit (!) piled high with holiday roasted ham, a fried egg, melted sharp cheddar cheese and creole mustard. Pair it with a Blue Devil Mary for the ultimate #BrunchGoals.

Flying Biscuit Café

No meal at the Flying Biscuit is complete without one of the famous restaurant chain’s fluffy biscuits topped with its signature apple butter—which come with every order and are utterly irresistible (so don’t even pretend like you’re going to skip it to “save room” for your meal. Psh.). And once you get a taste, you’ll be left wanting more, so order the Dirty Bird Bowl with biscuits, oven-fried chicken, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. It’s perfection in a bowl. You’re welcome.

Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken

Righteous, indeed, Rise’s menu revolves around two staples—that’s right, biscuits and chicken (and, honestly, that’s all we really need). The Southern chain’s buttermilk biscuits are filled with everything from fried green tomatoes and housemade pimento cheese to Buffalo chicken and blue cheese, or be adventurous and go for the almost-famous glazed blueberry biscuit served with Cooper River Farms pork sausage.

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