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Venue Review: Flying Biscuit Cafe

Flying Biscuit offers so-so food, service
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Flying Biscuit Cafe
By "Robin Hall Domeier"
The Charlotte Observer

7930-A Rea Road, in the Stonecrest Shopping Center

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There were about 20 people in line ahead of me at The Flying Biscuit Café. A long wait for a table is a drag, but sometimes it can be a positive signal. If people are willing to stand outside on a slightly chilly Saturday morning, the restaurant's food must be pretty good.

Ah, if that were only true of my Flying Biscuit experience. The food was OK, the service a little less so. The prices were marginally better than the food and the service, but I couldn't make my budget of $25 for two.

The Flying Biscuit is a spunky place with lots to look at (loved the curly-haired angel flying through the sky with a platter of biscuits) and listen to (oldies and pop music blast from the sound system). If you're claustrophobic in the least, go at one of the restaurant's less busy times. Tables are jammed into every available space. More than once, I had to scoot to the side to let someone pass because there wasn't enough room for two people to walk side by side.

I'd like to say the dining room traffic was to blame for our food coming out a piece at a time, but that excuse won't fly. We ordered a chicken dish, an egg entrée and a side of pancakes.

I was told the salad that came with my chicken would come out first. No problem. But then the pancakes came out with the salad. Nearly five minutes later, my chicken arrived. A few minutes after the chicken, the egg entrée showed up.

The server came by once to refill our drinks, then disappeared for a long time. By the time she showed up again, another employee had almost finished clearing our plates and I was about to start hunting for our check.

Pomodoro Chicken is listed as a menu “favorite” and its description certainly sounded good – a puff pastry pocket stuffed with chicken, cheese, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms, topped with goat cheese and basil.

What showed up was less than spectacular. The puff pastry was soggy. A semi-thick tomato sauce ladled over the puff pastry weighed it down further. The goat cheese overwhelmed everything, although this wasn't hard, considering the other ingredients didn't have much flavor.

The smoked salmon scramble was much better. Fluffy eggs were combined with cream cheese, smoked salmon and dill. The salty salmon kept the eggs and cream cheese from being too rich.

The sugar-dusted biscuits that came with our entrees were winners. The biscuits separated with the slightest pull, with tangy cranberry-apple butter for slathering on.

The cranberry-apple butter and maple syrup worked better than the peach compote on top of the organic oatmeal pancakes. The pancakes were gummy and the peaches didn't help.

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(no rating) April 1, 2009 - The Charlotte Observer - Robin Hall Domeier

Dining on a Budget: There were about 20 people in line ahead of me at The Flying Biscuit Café. A long wait for a table is a drag, but sometimes it can be a positive signal. Ah, if that were only true of my Flying Biscuit experience.

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Apr 01, 2009 - clt_femme
like the food but not the service

This restaurant is near my home so I go quite a bit. I have to agree that the service isn't great. The shrimp and grits is great, though.

Apr 01, 2009 - kmmervil
frequent customer

I love this place! I find the service to be very friendly and upbeat. While their worst moment defines them, I find it hard to believe that the service was not up-to-par. I love the atmosphere, the food, and the service. Big fan here!!

Apr 01, 2009 - groove1
I liked it

We went for the first time 2 weeks ago on a Tuesday and enjoyed everything except ironically the biscuits. I had "moon dusted potatoes" (homefries) with a spinach and egg scramble; it was very good. My fiance had veggie sausage (she is a vegetarian) which is really cool that you can get that. They even have a vegan burrito. They have an extensive menu with many things easily altered so if you have picky eaters they will find something. We liked the fact they serve breakfast all day and most things were fresh, which is a step above most southern style diners around here that use canned and frozen items (blah). The breakfast is definitely better than IHOP, Denny's, the Awful Waffle, or the dive breakfast diner you visit and the price is cheaper on most items.

Our service was really good though it wasn't too busy at the time. The waitress was really nice and helpful. A food writer is wrong; big surprise.

Apr 01, 2009 - jose2
been there

this is what happens when a great little neighborhood place goes corporate...

Apr 01, 2009 - fha123
It's not all that good

The biscuits are aweful! The cardboard pancakes with the "peach compote" are a culinary disaster! Creative, yes, eclectic, yes, colorful, yes, but there are many breakfast places in town with better food. The hype will wear out soon or someone will open a better restaurant next door and it wont be long before people are flying the Biscuit. Haha.

(no rating) Apr 01, 2009 - sascol
Agree with author's review

We've been once. Food was decent but the service was terrible and the food was overpriced.

Apr 01, 2009 - iluvrobert
Flying Biscuit

Wow..what restaurant did you visit, because this doesn't sound like the restaurant I know and love.

My faves are the black bean "Love Cakes" with feta and tomatillo sauce or the Cheese Quesadilla with a smoky chipotle sauce. The salads are always fresh and crisp. I love the fact that they use fresh, organic and healthy ingredients. Yum!!

Jan 02, 2009 - therealinrealestate
Fresh~Yummy~Eclectic~Hip‎

What a wonderful restaurant. And such a surprise! My dear friend and I sat at the bar and had a girls night out on New Years Day... I grew up in the restaurant business and was so delighted with the variety and creative menu. The biscuits are dreamy! My fried green tomato BLT sandwich with goat cheese and fruited salsa was terrific! Rosemary Potatoes OMG! Kind and upbeat wait staff! Great prices. Cheerful and creative and artsy. If you come in with a bad mood, you are not going to leave with one! Stonecrest Shopping Center, tucked away and hidden behind Chick-fil-A.


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