Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Biscuit For The Ages

Once upon a time, there was a restaurant named the Dog House. The Dog House was a chain, small or large I do not know. You can probably figure out for yourself what the specialty was at the Dog House. And if you can’t, well it doesn’t matter anyway as this blog is not about the Dog House. It is about Stuart’s.

Stuart’s (complete name: Stuart’s Family Grill) is what became of the Dog House store in Roxboro, NC. Whether Stuart’s bought out the Dog House or simply moved into the space originally occupied by the Dog House is unknown by this author. It is also completely irrelevant for the rest of this writing. The fact is, Stewart’s Family Grill exists and the world is a much better place for it.

I am fairly sure Stewart’s has a varied menu filled with breakfast goodies, sandwiches and miscellaneous fried treats. I should know as I have been to Stuart’s literally hundreds of times. But I do not. The reason I do not know is because I simply don’t care. As far as I'm concerned, Stuart’s menu begins and ends with a chicken biscuit with cheese. Hot fried chicken breast meat sitting atop a buttery, crumbly biscuit with gooey melted cheese--or quite possibly cheese food--makes this the best $3.35 you will spend all week.

Now, there are several establishments in the immediate area that can lay claim to a very mean chicken & cheese biscuit.

There’s the enormous excuse for a biscuit they serve up at Time Out in Chapel Hill. The biscuit is simply a place to safely put your fingers while chomping away at steaming hot chicken with a thick slice of partially melted cheddar cheese.

Season fries and sweet tea from Bojangles can make even a bowl of cold, boiled cabbage mildly appeasing. Add in their white meat biscuit topped with a slice of barely melted American cheese (and lose the boiled cabbage) and while you won’t cure your hangover, you’ll be much happier as you deal with it.

And Hardee’s chicken fillet biscuit with cheese NEVER disappoints. Yeah. I said it.

But this blog is about Stuart’s. And what places it in the #1 spot in the World’s* Best Chicken Biscuit List, is the melted cheese. Cheese, or cheese food, is liquefied allowing it to seep into every crevice of the golden brown floury crust. With biscuits that bind together just long enough to crumble past your lips; every bite cannot help but be a tremendous one. Though it may be extremely hard to screw up a fried chicken and cheese biscuit, it’s even more difficult to produce a winner in wax paper time after time after time.


* The world was restricted to a 60-mile radius centered around Roxboro, NC.

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