Rise Biscuits and Donuts
1507 Woodruff Road Greenville, SC 29607
Hours: Mon-Fri: 6 AM-2 PM, Sat & Sun: 7 AM-2 PM
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Perfect for: Breakfast, Brunch, Casual Meal, Quick Bite, A Sweet Treat, Early Risers, Family Friendly
Menu: Chicken Biscuits and a variety of donuts
Bar/Drinks: Coffee and Soda
Good to Know: When it comes to the donuts at Rise, it’s first come, first served. When they are out, they’re out. If there is a flavor you are dying to have, then you will want to get there early!
Parking: A large parking lot in front of the building, Hobby Lobby sits behind Rise, so there is ample parking there too
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what do you expect?
Tribe Recommendations: The Southern Chicken Biscuit : fried chicken, bacon, and pimento cheese. ANY of the decadent donuts.
We are in the South, and as any true Southerner knows, you can never have too many biscuits. I say this because there are a lot of biscuit places popping up in the Upstate. From the “cathead” biscuits of Biscuit Head, and the biscuits smothered in gravy they are serving at Maple Street Biscuit Company, the Upstate keeps adding biscuit restaurants, and I will keep eating at them.
So it should come as no surprise that when I heard about Rise Biscuits and Donuts on Woodruff Road, I was instantly interested. Let me preface the rest of this review by saying I am not an early riser, both literally and figuratively. I don’t get up early, so I have never been to Rise early. This will be pertinent later in the review.
Upon entering the modest restaurant, you’ll notice that it is flooded with light. The positioning of the restaurant and the large number of windows allow the place to be inundated with natural light. This already puts you in a positive headspace. Then you look at the menu. There are different variations of chicken biscuits that are begging you to order them. Their website claims that they are a “smile factory,” and I have to agree. The staff at Rise is friendly, but not overly friendly (you know the type). They greet you with a smile, but they don’t make you uncomfortable. This is important to a cynic like myself.
On this particular visit, I ordered the Southern Chicken Biscuit; this one is topped with bacon and pimento cheese. My friend who was dining with me ordered the Spicy Chickaboom, this slightly silly biscuit comes complete with Boom Boom sauce, pickled jalapenos, and crispy onions. We each got an order of “hashpuppies” with our biscuits. Here is where it becomes pertinent that I have never been to Rise early. Being there late, I am at the mercy of whatever Donuts are left for that day. You might be questioning my sanity for ordering a biscuit, side, AND a donut, but the calories are wholly worth it. On this day, the donuts that were left were iced and raspberry jelly. We got one of each.
The donuts are delivered to you instantly, and the rest of the food is brought to you in a paper bag. We chose a seat on the lovely patio. Seriously, this patio is wonderful. It is off to the side of the building, out of direct sunlight and its location always allows it to have a nice breeze. We tempted ourselves by placing our donuts in front of us. Would they be an appetizer, or dessert? Today they would be a dessert as our biscuits were quickly delivered to us.
The biscuits at Rise are the perfect size. You feel like you are getting a meal, but you won’t feel miserable afterward. My Southern Chicken Biscuit was near perfect. The pimento cheese was sharp and creamy. The bacon was smoky and crispy. The chicken…the chicken deserves a “y’all,” so I’ll give it one. Y’all, this chicken. It is so juicy, so tender, so flavorful, you have to try this chicken. I understand even more why Rise is called a smile factory. The breading on the chicken is crunchy, peppery, and downright heavenly. There is a reason the menu describes it as righteous.
I mentioned “hashpuppies” earlier in this review, and I know you’re dying for a description. Take one part hashbrown, one part hushpuppy, and inject it with a ton of cheese and you have a hashpuppy. These little potato-y cheesy nuggets are super sinful, but definitely worth the extra time on the treadmill with how amazing they taste. Rise offers combos so that your biscuit comes with an order of hashpuppies and a drink, be sure to take advantage of that.
Finally, our meal concluded with the donuts. I will be the first to admit that I am not a donut person. They just don’t do anything for me. That being said, I am a Rise donut person. There is something inherently less unctuous about Rise donuts. The raspberry jelly in the filled donut tasted of raspberry, and not just sugar. The sugar that coated the outside wasn’t overpowering. The donut itself was light and fluffy. My friend put these donuts on par with Krispy Kreme. That is no easy feat.
So yes, we have another biscuit restaurant in the Upstate. However, if you think you can skip the biscuits (and donuts) at Rise Biscuits & Donuts, you are very wrong. You deserve one of these biscuits AND one of these donuts. Heck, I’ve been back several times already. You will be too.
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