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Looking for the best biscuits in North Carolina? We’ve done the hard work (and gained the extra pounds) for you!

Biscuits are a Southern tradition. These flaky confections were baked with love by grandma and mom and served at the table with meals or as your breakfast meal. While I was not raised in the South, I quickly adopted a love for biscuits.

After all, the perfect biscuit is buttery, just a tad sweet, and tastes just as good with nothing on it as it does with butter or fried chicken or anything else. It is flaky without falling apart and melts in your mouth. While anyone can make a biscuit, few can make the perfect biscuit. So whether you prefer a traditional biscuit with just gravy or an egg or one of the fancier biscuits, you’re sure something on this list of the best biscuits in North Carolina to make you happy. Scroll down for all my recommendations!

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler. Image: old truck with sign: I love you like biscuits and gravy!

The Best Biscuit Eateries in North Carolina

Where to even begin with the delicious flaky buttery goodness that is a good biscuit? In North Carolina, you can find a delicious biscuit served as a side or as bread would be if you were in the north. So this list specifically looked for eateries that specialized in serving biscuits or made them a star of their menu.

So as we’ve explored our wonderful state and sampled some wonderful biscuits and compared notes with friends and other fans of the Southern delicacy, where are some of the best biscuits in North Carolina? Listed in no particular order, we scoured the state to find the best local businesses to compile this list of North Carolina’s best biscuits.

Many of these places are only open for breakfast and lunch, closing early, so please check their business hours before visiting them.

Best Biscuits in North Carolina

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: Biscuit Head in Asheville

Biscuit Head  | Asheville

417 Biltmore Avenue, Ste. 4F, Asheville
733 Haywood Avenue, Asheville
1994 Henderson Road, Asheville

This popular local franchise is a can’t-miss spot during your Asheville visit. On my visit to the Haywood Avenue location in the artsy West Asheville section of town, parking was a bit of an issue, though I did visit on a Sunday morning, probably the worst time to visit a biscuit breakfast place! I know! However, their online ordering, made the long lines move relatively quickly. The outdoor seating provided respite for those of us traveling looking for a place to eat that didn’t involve sitting in our cars or didn’t have the ability to take it home with us. I recommend the Fried Green Tomato Biscuit featuring fried green tomatoes, brie, two poached eggs, and a smoked tomato hollandaise that I would have licked off the container if there was nobody watching and the Maple Bacon Latte because, well, bacon! 

There’s also a Biscuit Head in Greenville, SC

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: The Buttered Biscuit in Waynesville

The Buttered Biscuit | Waynesville

1226 Dellwood Road, Waynesville

One of the most affordable, home cooking biscuit meals on the entire list. The lines tend to get long to go in, especially on weekends and holidays or during leaf-peeping season. But there is a reason that people come off the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit The Buttered Biscuit – to be rewarded with a delicious, no-thrills biscuit-like mama used to make. I regressed to my childhood with a fried bologna biscuit with an egg and cheese and hash browns that took up my entire plate, plus a coffee. There aren’t many places you can buy a filling breakfast for less than $10 these days.

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen | Chapel Hill

1305 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
208 S. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg

You know you’re getting close to Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen when all the cars on the road in front of you are suddenly stopped for no apparent reason – but the reason is that they’re all waiting patiently to pull in to place their order. Unlike some of the other places on this list, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is strictly a drive-thru operation. Offering “Bigger, Better Biscuits” for breakfast and lunch, they make one thing and do it well. I recommend ordering the Bad Grampa featuring fried chicken, a fried egg, cheese, and bacon on a biscuit as a combo with hash browns and a sweet tea. 

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: State Farmer's Market Restaurant in Raleigh

State Farmer’s Market Restaurant | Raleigh

1240 Farmer’s Market Drive, Raleigh

While State Farmer’s Market Restaurant serves other food items created from locally grown products, their reputation for great biscuits is well-known. Served all day long and reasonably priced, their famous “Real Biscuits” highlight North Carolina’s farm products, including blackstrap molasses (one of the few places I found this). If you didn’t arrive with the intention of ordering a biscuit, you’ll be enticed to order one with the complimentary basket of hush puppies and biscuits placed on each table while you peruse the menu. Walk off some of those calories by exploring the stalls of the State Farmer’s Market next door afterward.

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: Flo's Kitchen in Wilson

Flo’s Kitchen | Wilson

1015 Goldsboro Street, Wilson

Don’t let Flo’s Kitchen lack of an internet presence fool you – their low-tech skills pay off in the kitchen. This cash-only business (there’s an ATM there but access involves dodging the fast-moving line of cars) provides three ways to enjoy their delicious treats – walk up, sit down, or drive-thru (the most popular). Their cathead biscuits – so-called because they’re the size of a cat’s head, start as a hoop cheese biscuit sold for only $2, with guests adding their toppings. After waiting 20 minutes in line, my kind server recommended Flo’s pork tenderloin with egg and cheese — a recommendation which I pass along! This has to be the flakiest biscuit and tender tenderloin I’ve ever had.

I highly recommend taking your biscuit to the Whirligig Park, where you can either sit at a table or sit on their park benches while enjoying this tasty treat.

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: Rise in Durham

Rise | Durham

8200 Renaissance Parkway, Durham (Southpoint)
310 E. Main Street, Carrboro
401 Foster Street, Durham (Downtown)
169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs
1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville 
6325 Falls of Neuse Road, Ste 33, North Raleigh (Sutton Square)
8301 Brier Creek Parkway, Ste 101, Raleigh (Brier Creek)
530 Daniels Street, Raleigh (Cameron Village)

From its humble beginnings in Durham NC, Rise has grown as a franchise expanding into at least six additional states – for good reason! While my kids always flocked to the delicious donuts (which is why they were included in our list of best donuts in North Carolina), I’ve always gravitated towards their fluffy biscuits. Their fried green tomato biscuit with their house-made Southern pimento cheese is still one of my favorite breakfast foods when I have visitors requesting a Southern breakfast. There’s also a reason that their fried chicken is righteous – it is perfectly tender and melts in your mouth along with the flaky biscuit. Rise is always a hit and with so many locations, hopefully, close to you!

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: Blue Ridge Biscuit Company in Black Mountain

Blue Ridge Biscuit Company  | Black Mountain

601 W. State Street, Black Mountain

Located in a nondescript strip mall, away from the cute downtown area of Black Mountain, those in search of a great breakfast or brunch find their way to the Blue Ridge Biscuit Company. Decorated in rustic country kitchen decor, the inside of the Blue Ridge Biscuit Company invites guests to enjoy their meal in the comfort of home. You can even take home a bag of their mix to replicate their biscuits at home. I recommend the Grey Beard Biscuit, combining fried green tomatoes and fried chicken strips, which was a huge mouthful. Try their coffee, provided by local Dynamite Roasting Company.  

Biscuits N’ Porn | Outer Banks

2112 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head

Perhaps more popular for their merchandising, Biscuits N’ Porn still manages to sell pretty darn good biscuits. The name comes from the rack of porn magazines found in most convenience stores. Opt between plain or cheese biscuits, but definitely choose the fried chicken biscuit. Fast service with something to put on your Insta! Then again, you’re in the Outer Banks, so between the donuts and the biscuits, you’re all set for great breakfast!

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: The Southerly Biscuit & Pie in Carolina Beach
Photo courtesy of Tim Byrd

The Southerly Biscuit & Pie | Carolina Beach

1206 N. Lake Park Boulevard, Unit D, Carolina Beach

The Southerly focuses its scratch-made biscuits in offering nine options on its menu. The kitchen here has managed to find the balance between baking a biscuit that doesn’t crumble without it being dry — a balance that seems difficult for most bakers to master. The portions are sized just right and delivered with friendly service. Guests recommend the biscuits and gravy, the pimento cheese, the chicken breast with siracha mayo, there isn’t anything anyone wouldn’t recommend! Please note that this is a place to order and go — there is no seating room. I recommend taking it to the beach for your own picnic.

TOP 10 BEST BISCUITS IN NORTH CAROLINE YOU SHOULD TRY featured by top NC blogger, The Common Traveler: Maple Street Biscuits in Concord
Squawking Goat

Maple Street Biscuits | Concord

8921 Christenbury Parkway, Concord
2775 Freedom Parkway Drive, Fayetteville
2725 South Boulevard, Ste A, Charlotte

I’m a fan of the Squawking Goat, which I first saw featured on The Food Network, which includes fried chicken topped with a fried goat cheese medallion covered with their house-made pepper jelly. It balances the sweet and savory flavors perfectly. Their flaky biscuits complement the modern twist on classic fillings like fried chicken, eggs, and sausage gravy. I also like their communal seating which encourages patrons to befriend each other. 

I don’t usually include chains in my posts but Maple Street Biscuits wowed me during my Greenville SC visit and I’m happy to see this store expanding into more locations and more states. 

What’s your favorite biscuit place in North Carolina? I’m always willing to explore new places, so please share your favorite with me!

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Happy travels,
Annick, The Common Traveler

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