I don’t eat out a whole lot and when I do I am usually to busy enjoying myself and the company of friends or family to focus on getting pictures for reviews. Since I haven’t done a review in a while I decided it was high time to let you guys know about a new restaurant that has popped up here in NC. The Maple Street Biscuit Company has opened up a branch here in Charlotte (Concord Mills to be exact). They are located at 8921 Christenbury Pkwy, right next to the Sherwin Williams paint store.
I am a big breakfast type of guy. I could eat breakfast for every meal and never get tired of it. So when I heard about this new biscuit themed restaurant opening up that focused primarily on breakfast and lunch I had to try it. I looked online for the menu and started looking through it to see what I could expect. To my surprise this wasn’t your typical “toss some bacon/sausage and eggs on a biscuit” and call it a day kind of place. For starters the primary protein is chicken. Most of the biscuits come with a fried chicken breast and are paired with a variety of toppings. Since I happen to love a good chicken biscuit I was a pretty excited but also a little scared because my wife is not a big fan of chicken. So I kept reading to see if there was anything she would eat. I saw waffles and biscuits and gravy and a few biscuit sandwiches without chicken so I knew I would be able to get her to try it at least once.
Our first visit came and we walked in not know exactly what to expect. It is a sit down restaurant but you order at the counter and then they call you when it is ready and you come and pick it up. After you place your order they ask you a different question each month to identify your order. What is your favorite book or movie that you can quote the best? What is your favorite song from your favorite band? What place do you most want to visit next? That sort of thing. They call out your answer when your food is ready and you walk up to get it. The menu is a little different from most places. They have clever names for the different dishes. You don’t just walk up and order biscuits and gravy,That instead would be called “The Ralphie”. If you want waffles then those are called the “Bam!”. Or Chicken and Waffles would be the “Bam! Yo Yo” So yes, You may need to actually read the menu and put a little effort into your order the first time or two, but trust me… It is soooo worth it.
While waiting for our order I decided to try the regular drip coffee. they have several different flavors and of course being the coffee drinker that I am, I tried all three. They have a Dark Roast, a Light Roast, and their signature Maple Tap. All three are excellent but the Dark is a bit on the strong side. After trying all three I have decided that my “go to” is the Maple Tap. It’s just a really good cup of coffee. The coffee bar is set up as a help yourself style with a line of coffee cups going down the top of a half wall. You just grab one and go. They have cream, sugar and honey right there for you too. They also have to-go cups and lids ready and waiting.
The very first thing I tried was is called the “Five and Dime”. This is a scratch made biscuit with a fried chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheese, a fried egg and all Sitting in a generous helping of sausage gravy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. This is not a sandwich you are just going to pick up and eat, you will need a fork and knife. Also this is a huge plate of food. I end up taking half of what I order home with me just about every time I visit. I will say that at first I was a tad bit skeptical about the sausage gravy. I don’t usually care for restaurant sausage gravy because quite frankly most of them suck. They are not seasoned right or have almost no sausage in it. They are just bland… If I want good sausage gravy I make my own that I have adapted from a long time family recipe. You can find my recipe here.
With that being said I took a bite and almost fell in the floor. At first taste I thought this was in fact my sausage gravy that I make at home. As a matter of fact, if they were to add about a half teaspoon more black pepper it would be mine. I’m still not sure how I feel about that. LOL. The scary part is that my wife now orders it just about every time we go, so I’m getting afraid to make mine at home for fear of her not liking it as much as Mapple Streets. I should probably stop rambling and tell you what I thought of the meal as a whole. Simply put, It was amazing. The chicken is crisp but juicy, the gravy as I said was amazing, the biscuits are perfection and the bacon has a great flavor. I have ordered this meal several more times since then.
On another trip I wanted to try something different and saw that they had chicken and waffles. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I love, love, love some good chicken and waffles. So I ordered the “Bam! Yo Yo” The waffles are made with Asiago cheese and bacon mixed into the batter and pat of their honey butter and some maple syrup. They top that with not one, but two nice sized fried boneless chicken breasts. Yep, you guessed it. I had to take half of it home with me. It is probably the second best chicken and waffles I have ever eaten, The first would be from a little cafe in San Antonio called Grumpy’s Mexican Cafe.
To my surprise my wife also loves Maple Street and there is no more argument on where to eat when it comes to breakfast. We look at each other and laugh because we know that’s where we both want to go. She has tried several different things but her favorite seems to be the Ralphie. This is straight up biscuits and sausage gravy and several sausage balls mixed in for good measure. You can also get the sausage gravy on their waffles which at first sounds like an odd combination but turned out to be really good. That is called the “Flip Flop”.
The staff at Maple Street are always very friendly and love to interact with their customers. Chris is one of the managers there and he is one of the nicest people in any restaurant that I have visited. He always walks by and asks how you are doing and will strike up a conversation with you.
I can’t recommend Maple Street Biscuit Company enough. The food is amazing and the people are great. I know the menu may not appeal to some of the more picky eaters out there but I would recommend putting your fears aside and try something new. You wont be sorry.
Thanks for reading,