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You know what, Norfolk? You continue to surprise me. I come back every so often and I keep finding amazing new restaurants. One to make note of during my recent hometown visit is “Handsome Biscuit.” It’s located on Colonial Ave in Norfolk, opened since February 2013. It’s not in the prettiest of areas. Parking can be a bit tight at times. The hours are odd. Seating is limited but don’t let any of those things stop you from coming here. Just consider yourself informed. (And there is a restroom there, but no sign.)
This place is focused on biscuits sandwiches And if that’s your main focus, you better make some damn good biscuits. SWEET POTATO BISCUITS. Need I say more? Well, probably not but where’s the fun in that? So they have sweet potato biscuits here but it isn’t too sweet. The biscuit sandwiches here are hearty, delicious and always made in house. In fact, aside from the canned beverages and peanut butter, everything else is made in house.
My friend and I ordered two sandwiches and went halfsies. The Ella Fitzgerald and the Bleu Blazer. The sandwiches here are generous sized. The Ella Fitzgerald ($6.50) biscuit sandwich contains boneless fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese and red gravy. I highly recommend ordering a side hot sauce to go with this beauty. The hot sauce is great, the sweetness from the honey and the spiciness from the garlic and red pepper paste worked well together. Could this sandwich be anymore indulgent?! Seriously amazingly good stuff.
The Bleu Blazer ($6) biscuit sandwich comes with fried chicken, spicy pickled red cabbage and blue cheese dressing. This one was pretty good although I wish the flavor of the red cabbage was more evident. The blue cheese dressing took over a bit but nonetheless it was good.
The sandwiches here do not come with sides. I didn’t get any since the sandwiches alone were so big. Do get the aguafresca ($1.50)! Handsome Biscuit always changes it up and when I went, it was a pear lime soda. Refreshing, not too sweet and full of flavor!
All the staff that I interacted with were just downright friendly and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Price wise was very good considering how big these sandwiches are and the quality of them too. The only negative thing is the unhealthy factor. So much indulgence and later throughout the day, I felt pretty sluggish. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy what I ate! I would definitely come back here, just not every day.
As I had mentioned earlier, the hours are a bit odd. Handsome Biscuit is only open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-2pm. I hope you don’t have a sweet potato biscuit addiction or you’re going to have to prioritize some things!
Check this little place out and I’m sure you’ll love it too. For the vegetarians out there, they do have other options so don’t worry if you don’t want to eat any fried chicken or pork.