You know how, when you are traveling, you wish you could just stop a few locals on the street and ask them where to eat?
Problem is, in today’s economy, half of them won’t be local and the other half may not be interested in discovering hidden food gems. Hard to imagine for those who love food, but it happens. Thankfully we have the technology to fill the gaps.
My own resource is to simply search for “food open nearby.” This gives me a pretty reliable list of restaurants, and it’s easy work to scroll through and electronically check out the ones of interest. And that, my friends, is how I found The Big Biscuit.
We were in Kansas City for an event, and I wasn’t sure anymore if we were in Kansas or Missouri. I just knew I wanted a local experience. The reviews I saw were uniformly good-even taking reviews with a heavy grain of salt, they are a way to start narrowing down your restaurant options.
The website was up to date and easy to navigate-which isn’t necessarily top criteria, since some of the best restaurants are sole owners who cook and don’t do tech. In this case, though, it enabled me to check the menu and see why so many people were apparently willing to wait in long lines to get in.
The Big Biscuit is one of those specialty restaurants (with several locations, mostly in the Kansas City area) that hang their hat on one thing, which in this case is a decent sized biscuit. They called them “award-winning biscuits.” While I’m not sure who hands out that kind of award, it’s fine – I’d give them one for their biscuits, which were fluffy and delicious.
They call out “hand-cracked eggs,” giving at least the feeling that someone is paying attention in the kitchen. The meals stand up to the challenge, too. At nearby tables, there were some dishes worth lusting over, like the breakfast bowl that probably could feed a family of four. Called a Scram-Bowl, it was three eggs with grilled steak, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, onions, and two kinds of cheese. More traditional options, such as bacon and sausage, were also available.
The biscuits & gravy was good, with a little more sausage than normal at a restaurant (still, not enough). The flavor of everything was way above normal, though. The Cranberry Candied Pecan Oatmeal is dressed up with more than the usual extras and was great, or you can get the New Orleans Oatmeal with banana, candied pecans, salted caramel, and cinnamon.
They offer four kinds of Benedicts, including one made with their special chicken fried steak; they leave a pot of really good coffee at the table, and; the portions are enough so that most people left with boxes. Oh, and did I mention the Sticky Biscuit? It’s one of their biscuits loaded with raisins, cranberries and pecans.
The overall experience was excellent. Our wait was much shorter than their forecast, and it’s now on our list for a return visit if we find ourselves in KC again anytime soon. You might want to check it out since it appears to be a growing endeavor. The restaurant’s website says, “We plan on stretching our legs and sharing The Big Biscuit with more neighborhoods and even a few new towns.”
Perhaps, with luck, one will end up near you.