My family was in North Carolina a few weekends ago. The Chief was speaking at a conference and if there's a good excuse to travel, hey! we're on it.
We don't usually stray too far from where we are staying, unless there's a Starbucks involved. If that's the case we'll drive clear across the state to find a proper cup of joe. And by "proper", I mean, in a cardboard cup with mermaid logo on the front.
We hit up Early Girl Eatery first. The very next morning. They open at 7:30am, we were there at 7:20am. And they weren't open yet. How's that for irony. Anyway after a minute, the hostess let us in. The place was pretty hip. Waitresses in vintage rockabilly hairstyles and outfits, crazy weird artwork on the walls, hand-thrown pottery sugar bowls with llamas on them. Hip. The food was awesome! I ordered grits (because I live in the North and we just don't have the luxury of being able to order GRITS off of a menu), biscuits (because, well HELLO!) and an egg (because to keep this kinda healthy). It was a plate lacking in color (no worries I probably had salad for lunch...) The grits were so-so, I'm more of a cheesy grits kinda girl, and they were just a plain grit. But the biscuit. OH MY GRACIOUS!!! It was heavenly. Overall, we all loved our visit to Early Girl Eatery. My only regret was that at 8 o'clock in the morning, it was too early to order a slice of the red velvet layer cake that was sitting on the counter when we walked in.
We purchased a few bags of ground grits to take home and some tee shirts. I now wear that tee shirt whenever I make biscuits, I'm hoping whatever they've got going on over there rubs off on me.
I ordered the something-something-something and then, just to be difficult, requested some changes. Basically, by the time the place was placed in front of me it was a biscuit with eggs and pimento cheese with a side of goat cheese grits. Perfection! The addition of goat cheese to the grits was incredible, I need to try that at home. But the biscuit was only second to the Early Girl. You can't win them all! I wish they'd open a location in Chicago, the influence of local food with the southern style is the best.
Now, if only there was a way to get a combo of Early Girl Biscuits and Tupelo's goat cheese grits flown straight to my door for breakfast tomorrow morning...