Keeping a planner and handwritten to-do list (as opposed to emailing myself multiple messages at 1 and 2 am) were two of my 2018 New Years Resolutions. I can’t tell you after managing these goals for three months how satisfying it is to check off an item on this list. I felt the same adrenaline rush after my friends visited, and I checked two places off my Triangle Biscuit Tour 2018 list. Granted, this to-do list isn’t directly helping me get any closer to that pesky PhD, but y’all, it’s allowing me to remain semi-sane during the tumultuous dissertation/job market stage of my program.
While marking a bold line through an assigned task on my Biscuit Tour list produces instant gratification, there is also something special about discovering a stellar biscuit, the existence of which you previously were unaware. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed a fabulous hipster dim sum-like feast at Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh. They’re not trying to be authentic, and I’m not trying to be sassy here…it’s just the truth about the menu at this restaurant. Following the delightful midday meal, my friends and I decided to make the most of our time in the Oak City and explore the downtown area. I know the drive is only about 40 minutes, but the capital feels far from Chapel Hill, especially during weeks where the work continues to pile up on my desk.
After thoroughly enjoying our flights at Crank Arm Brewing (seriously go there if you’re in the area…it did not disappoint. I’ve been a few times over the years, and I want to make it one of my regular Raleigh spots now.), we meandered down the streets, marveling at the fact that we were in an “actual city.” Love you Chapel Thrill, but after five years, ya girl needs a day trip here and there. We stumbled upon Whiskey Kitchen, a relatively new restaurant and bar dedicated to my favorite spirit. Along with their extensive drink menu full of specialty whiskeys and cocktails, they have an impressive food menu comprised of dishes that include a boozy twist. I ordered some old fashioned-type cocktail that was good but not as memorable as the biscuits on the appetizer menu that first caught my eye. Adorned with pork cracklins and served with a smoked cream, these buttermilk beauties sounded like the perfect snack to accompany my drink and stave off hunger that evening.
I split an order of two biscuits and a slice of shoo fly pie (See my Instagram for a picture of this delicious dessert) with two friends. My friends said the smoked cream was enjoyable, but I chose to top my biscuit pieces with homemade jam, as I the small amount of buttermilk in the biscuits serves as enough dairy for me. The pork cracklins added a smokey, salty flavor that made the classic buttermilk biscuit even more savory. I have to say these biscuits are probably the best I’ve had this year, and they were not even on my list!
Although checking biscuit must-haves on my list and planning to eat at acclaimed restaurants are sure fun and incredibly fulfilling, sometimes spontaneous discoveries produce the most prized experiences.