823 S. Church Street, Suite C, Greenville
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-2pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm
Perfect for: Breakfast, brunch, family friendly, casual meal
Menu: Southern breakfast and brunch, gluten-free options available
Bar/Drinks: No bar, beer, mimosas and bloody mary’s available
Good to Know: Pick up your menu when you walk in and wait in line to order, self seating upstairs and down, busy on weekends – expect a wait, coffee cart outside for those waiting, limited outside seating in warmer weather
Parking: Available in attached garage on first floor (no charge)
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what more do you expect
I’ve been wanting to try Biscuit Head since their first Greenville location opened in 2016. Well loved in Asheville, the buzz was strong – after enjoying a yummy brunch and seeing their jam bar (more on that later), I get why.
This place takes their brunch seriously, so when I first walked in at 10am on a Saturday, I was confronted with a rather intense line of hungry people. Being a newbie, I stood there like an idiot for a few minutes trying to figure out what to do. Luckily, my perception skills were on point that day and I realized others were grabbing menus and waiting in line to get to the register, so I grabbed my friend and a menu then joined the queue.
Now, let me get this out right upfront. I HATE waiting, with a vengeance. I’m chock full of ADD, so waiting patiently is not my forte. But since I really wanted one of their huge cat head biscuits and I had a friend to chat with, I girded my loins and stuck it out. I’m glad I did- it really only took about 15 minutes to get to the register and after getting my food I discovered they have a JAM BAR. An actual little bar of multiple jam and butter options that you get to play with and slap on your food. Yes, it’s as fantastic as it sounds.
Once I survived the line, we were able to grab a table right away and start in on our white peach and raspberry bellinis. We’re all about being efficient, so we chose the carafe instead of just a silly single glass. At only $17, it was a smart choice, with more than 2 drinks for each of us. I can’t lie – we felt pretty smart for a hot minute.
Our food was delivered quickly, in less than 10 minutes by a very friendly waitress. I ordered the fried green tomato biscuit, my friend the quinoa scrambled eggs and we shared a gravy flight between us. I learned the meaning behind their name when I saw the biscuits – drop style and as big as a cat’s head, they are perfect for a hearty sandwich and sopping up gravy. We tested that out with our gravy flight, a brilliant idea to let you chose and test out some of their array of gravies, including a special of the day. We selected the fried chicken, sausage and a mushroom version. I wasn’t a huge fan of the mushroom as I found it a bit bland, but the sausage was perfect – thick and full of flavor, with a tiny kick. Strangely enough, the fried chicken gravy seemed to get even better the longer it sat – by the end of the meal both of us were taking bites after declaring how full we were.
Fried green tomatoes are a hit or miss for me – I love them if crispy on the outside and spiced up, otherwise I’m underwhelmed. Unfortunately my tomato wasn’t crispy enough, I expect because of the other goodies loaded on top. I just pulled it off and proceeded to enjoy the (perfectly cooked) egg and biscuit by themselves, so no harm done.
If you like quinoa, and even if you don’t actually, you should try the quinoa scrambled. It was delicious, and perhaps a little strangely, the quinoa gave a slightly meaty, hearty taste to the eggs. Adding in the well seasoned mushrooms, this was a scramble to be loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
As for the atmosphere, it has a cool industrial mixed with quirky flea market vibe. Concrete floors and pendant lights, old wooden doors hanging from the ceiling and adorable cat pictures spread throughout. With self seating available up and downstairs and some long tables for big groups and families or community-style seating, it’s not a quiet place – I wouldn’t recommend coming to read your newspaper in solitude. But for a fun breakfast or brunch, the noise level is perfect – just loud enough to chat comfortably without feeling like others are listening.
Huge biscuits, gravy flights, gluten-free options, adult beverages AND a jam bar all under one roof – I’d say the buzz is well earned.