Venue Review: Flying Biscuit Cafe
The Charlotte Observer
7930-A Rea Road, in the Stonecrest Shopping Center
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.