The Time a Biscuit Stole My Heart {Trying Out Scratch Biscuit Co. in Grandin}

Okay, so I’ve got an embarrassing confession:

I’m not a breakfast person.

I *am,* however, a chronic insomniac, which means plenty of nights shuffling around the house at 3 a.m., writing blog posts about burgers.  It also means that by the time my stomach actually wakes up enough to feel like breakfast… It’s lunchtime.

All that to say that “breakfast foods” — pancakes, eggs, waffles, french toast, and yes, biscuits — aren’t a huge part of my repertoire.

But then.

On the morning of my anniversary last week, my love popped out to get me a cup of  hot coffee and brought me back a biscuit in bed (yes, actually), compliments of Scratch Biscuit Co., the newest restaurant to open in Grandin Village.

How could I say no to that?

Here’s the surprising part, though…  This girl, who usually eschews breakfast, took one bite and decided then and there that we HAD to go back to the Biscuit to get more.


We swung over to the restaurant and ordered three more handfuls of biscuity magic, this time in the form of the Fried Cajun Catfish Biscuit, the Crispy Chicken Biscuit and the Nashville Hot.

Okay, so let’s get down to biscuits.

The appeal of Scratch Biscuit Co. is it’s one of those small, unassuming little diners that absolutely owns its identity.  Scratch Biscuit isn’t trying to be fancy, with its wood-clad walls, chalkboard menu and seat-yourself mentality.  It isn’t vying to be the Sunday brunch spot where you order a mimosa with your tribe.

It’s all about the biscuits… And I like that.

So, what kind of biscuit are we talking here?  These guys come with crumbly, oven-browned tops that crunch at first bite.  Pull the top away, and you see clouds of steam rise from the pillowy white insides.

If you grew up in a Southern biscuit-making family, this *might* just take you back.

As for the goodness you’ll find sandwiched within … Well, there’s a lot to choose from.  The menu offers a surprisingly affordable lineup, including everything from a simple egg-and-cheese or fried-apple biscuit for $2, to the Hans and Franz for $3 (smoked pulled pork or pulled chicken), to the Jezebel Biscuit for $4:  “Country ham topped with our pimiento cheese and garnished with made-in-house Jezebel sauce.”

Want to really up the ante?  Try the Cowboy Crippler ($9), which comes topped with brisket, country-fried sausage, pulled pork, hash browns and cheese.

No kidding.

As for me, I happened to love the simplicity of my crispy golden chicken biscuit, which you can top with several house hot sauces, including a truly sinus-clearing iteration called Satan’s Snot.

And that Nashville Hot?  Well… Let’s just say it was hot.  While I can’t compare to authentic Nashville versions, I can personally attest that this biscuit will seriously open *both* eyes on any sleepy morning when you need a serious kick in the pants:

If that doesn’t work, there’s house-roasted Rooster Scratch Coffee, which you can also buy by the bag.

So, how about it, kids?  You know where I’ll be on Saturday at 11 a.m. … If I can stumble out of bed in time.

Until then … I’ll be wide-awake at 3 a.m., contemplating the meaning of life … Or just thinking about biscuits. 😉



{Scratch Biscuit Co. is located at 1820 Memorial Ave. in Grandin Village, in the old Jimmy Sardine’s location.  You can stop by for a fresh hot biscuit from 5 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, or from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday … Or call ahead for curbside pickup in your PJs: 855-0882.}