Sunday, August 15, 2010

Best thing I ate this week: biscuits

I've been wondering about Allison's Country Cafe for years now. Based on the hoards of people waiting outside their doors every Saturday morning, it's clear that there is something delicious going on in there. Well, I finally got a chance to see what all the excitement is about when I went for breakfast this week. And the best thing I ate? Their biscuits.

They are about four inches tall, a nice golden brown on top, and full of soft white dough inside. They are more like dinner rolls because they don't flake into layers or crumble like some buttermilk biscuits do. What makes them so magnificent is their size and soft texture. They are like comfort on a plate, and the perfect pairing for their tangy homemade raspberry jam or their savory gravy.

And let me take a minute to talk about their gravy. In my 35 years, I've never really considered myself a gravy person. I'd much rather smear my biscuits and rolls with butter and jelly. But, seriously, after eating the gravy at Allison's, I think I just might be a gravy girl now. There's is thick and creamy (which most gravies usually are), but what sets it apart is the perfect amount of saltiness and the chunks of ham and sausage and the generous flecks of pepper. If you're like me, you won't be able to stop dipping bite after bite of your biscuit into this creamy concoction.

Oh, and the chicken fried steak is to die for as well. Stay tuned for more in the VC Reporter in a few weeks.