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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.
Chicken and waffles, is it my latest obsession? I don’t care much for the Lay’s Chicken and Waffles Chips but as far the real stuff goes, it’s pretty good. Chef Eddie’s is supposedly THE place for chicken and waffles but being the feisty foodist that I am, I knew I had to go try some for myself. Not only did people speak highly of Chef Eddie’s for the chicken and waffles but for soul food in general. Well, that’s a tall order to beat! Being raised in Virginia and living in the panhandle of Florida, I’ve had my fair share of soul food.
Chef Eddie’s is located off of John Young Parkway on Orange Center Boulevard. This was my first foodventure here. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I entered into the restaurant. A couch to the right, the kitchen area to the left. The decor was a bit more, down to Earth I suppose? Not quite sure how to describe it. “Homely” is perhaps the best word.
Well, I knew for certain I was going to get some chicken and waffles but the shrimp and grits caught my eye. Yes, I’m a glutton and I ended up getting both. Who can pass on shrimp and grits?! The shrimp and grits here comes with a “gravy” and a piece of buttered toast on the side. If you haven’t tried grits with biscuit gravy, you’d be surprised how good it tastes. Well, this Shrimp and Grits ($6.99) has a very seafood flavored gravy and whole deveined shrimp. It was on point! The shrimp was perfectly cooked, very tender and full of flavor. Needless to say, I took care of that dish.
I also have my chicken and waffles to take care of. At Chef Eddies, not only can you get chicken and waffles but you pick the type of waffles. The ten different choices are: Plain, Red Velvet, Apple Cinnamon, BIG Berry Mix (Fresh Strawberry, Blueberry &Raspberry), Banana Walnut, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Potato, Strawberry, Butter Pecan and Blueberry. Wow, that’s a lot of different waffles. You can get additional flavored waffles for an additional $1.50. I started to imagine some colorful leaning tower of waffles.
I ended up ordering the Chicken and Big Berry Waffle ($7.95) which came with 5 pieces of chicken drumettes and wingettes. The waffle itself was pretty good, nice flavor although I’ve developed a preference to Belgian Waffles. This is more traditional style so it’s not as thick. The fried chicken didn’t have much batter and it was slightly reminiscent of the chicken one would get from a Chinese takeout. The chicken was crispy, seasoned well and good overall especially with some hot sauce. I can’t say that this is the BEST chicken and waffles I’ve ever had, but I can definitely say it’s the most unique. You can definitely make it your own and if fried chicken isn’t your style, then they have fish, shrimp, or steak to accompany the waffles.
Definitely get the shrimp and grits here. As far as chicken and waffles go, it’s something to try although I’m not sure if I’d order this every time I visit. If you’re wanting a one of kind place for breakfast, come here. I know I will and I intend on returning back to try some of the dinner entrées.
Mondays – Closed
Tuesdays – Sunday 8 am – 8:30 Pm
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