On a recent visit back to Asheville, my wife, Liz, and I had breakfast at a recent addition to the ever developing West Asheville area. Biscuit Head opened in early summer of 2013 serving up a menu based around a Southern staple, the cathead biscuit.
Chef/Owner Jason Roy, formerly of Lexington Ave Brewery, and his wife, Carolyn, decided to make the ﬁrst restaurant they opened a place that celebrates the large, comforting biscuit. The couple incorporates elements of cuisines from all around the country into Southern traditions.
The inside of Biscuit Head is welcoming. With minimal rustic decor against neutral walls in a large room dotted with dark wood tables partnered with colorful seats, its elements all come together in a modern folk art way.
Biscuit Head also works to have a small carbon footprint by utilizing compostable or recyclable materials, when possible. They also are involved in several charitable events around town including Manna Food Bank's Blue Jean Ball, Empty Bowls and A Taste of the Opera.
Jason also enlists as many local vendors as he can. He is working with Looking Glass
Creamery, Blue Ridge Mountain Honey, Dry Ridge Farms and JMJ Tomato Company, among
Now, on to the food.
The biscuits are amazing in the way you expect a proper Southern biscuit to be, or at least how I expect it to be. They are rich, but light. Sturdy but just crumply enough. If you take it to go, you can expect to see through the brown bag when you arrive home.
You can order your biscuit as is and visit their comprehensive bar of homemade jams, hot sauces and general ﬁxins’. Or, you can order the gravy ﬂight.
That’s right, the gravy ﬂight.
For a mere seven dollars, you get a choice of three gravies from their lengthy list that includes espresso red eye, local pork sausage, sweet potato coconut, smoked tomato creole, or the gravy of the day. There is also an option for vegetarians: the house-made seitan gravy. They also offer gluten free biscuits. So win, win.
Outside of the ﬂight, we also got a chance to try the Black Eyed Pea Biscuit, because I can never pass up something with black eyed peas in the name. This biscuit comes stacked with pozole, black eyed pea cakes, poached eggs and a green chili hollandaise.
The other biscuit tower we tried was their hero. The simply named Chicken & Biscuits. This dish rises in skyscraper fashion with mimosa fried chicken, siracha slaw highlighted with sweet potato butter and crowned with an over-easy egg.
Get there early. Leave stuffed.