A crazy, cool thing happened to me when I was getting my hair done by the fabulous Donnie Ray Allen (@donnieraynyc) a few weeks ago. While Donnie was painting my roots, a blond named “B” sat down in the chair next to me. She said to Donnie, “Sorry I’m a little late, I just drove in from Atlanta.” As I kept reading my People magazine – as we all do when we get our hair done because no one buys those magazines, right (I think my eye is twitching) – I eavesdropped a bit (c’mon, we all do it at the salon), and picked up that she was in the restaurant business. Cool.
As Donnie Ray was rinsing out my color and getting me all shampooed (my favorite part because of the scalp massage), he asked me what’s been going on in my life since I last saw him. And I mentioned my blog. That’s when B struck up a conversation about her work and how it ties to mine.
Turns out, B was the regional manager of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. Double cool! I kinda felt like I was sitting next to Southern royalty. And the reason she drove in from Atlanta was because they recently opened a store on Virginia Avenue in Atlanta, and she had just come back after a long stretch of being away from home.
Now, if you live in Charleston, you definitely know about Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. They have received accolades not only from the local community, but from Travel+Leisure, Coastal Living, USA Today, delish.com, and many others.
Okay, enough about the back story – let’s talk about the BISCUITS!
When I walked up to the counter in the City Market location, one of the gals was holding a huge brick of butter. I must have weighed two pounds. At Callie’s, they make all of their biscuits by hand, and they don’t hold back on the butter, and that’s a good thing.
The girl asked me what I wanted to try and I said “surprise me”. First up was their country ham biscuit. The girl said this is their signature biscuit and when I tasted it, I understood why. The saltiness of the ham was complimented by the sharpness of the cheddar cheese in the biscuit. The crumb was perfectly flaky, and you could taste the butter. So good.
I was really looking forward to tasting the cinnamon biscuit. It was the largest of the ones I tried, and was split in half lengthwise – so it could be filled with a cinnamon and brown sugar butter cream. The top of the biscuit was sprinkled with turbinado sugar and cinnamon. It was a less-sweet version of a cinnamon roll. And delicious.
Next up was the shortbread biscuit. To me, it tasted like a shortbread cookie, which I absolutely adore. Sprinkled with turbinado sugar on the top, this biscuit melted in my mouth. And again…the buttery crumb was divine.
Then, I tasted the shortbread biscuit with blackberry jam. I was a little skeptical about this one before I tried it, because I’m not a big fan of fruit jams on my breakfast breads. Boy was I wrong, it ended up being my favorite one. The blackberry jam was sweet and a bit tangy, which added that extra kick to the shortbread biscuit.
If you’re ever visiting the Charleston area, you must put this on your list of places to go. They have two locations – one on 476 1/2 King Street and the other in the Charleston City Market. They also have an online shop. So if you can’t make it to Charleston, you can have a little heavenly taste of the South delivered to right your door.