MAPLE STREET BISCUIT COMPANY
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If you’re looking for comfort food with a modern twist, Maple Street Biscuit Company may be your ticket. The new restaurant at 5054 Old Shell Road should officially be open by the time you read this. You can find their restaurants in seven states stretching from Texas to North Carolina, but the one here is the first in Alabama.
As you can guess, Maple Street Biscuit Company focuses on breakfast and lunch. My first visit is sure to include the the Squawking Goat. This biscuit holds an all-natural fried chicken breast with a fried goat cheese medallion and pepper jelly made in-house. If biscuits aren’t your thing, maybe grits are. Ever been to a place that screws up grits? I have. These guys pay too much attention to detail to come across as an establishment that would err in that department. I can’t wait.
Catch them from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.
Sandwich battle continues, Saucy Q enters the ring!
The sandwich battle is far from over. Popeyes dealt the fast food world a tremendous blow with their new chicken sandwich that has some of the most loyal Chick-fil-A fans admitting defeat. The popularity of the sandwich is evidenced by full parking lots, long drive-thru lines and countless testimonials on social media.
The memes have been stellar. Marquee wars have commenced. Chick-fil-A responded with their roadside signage, “We don’t run out of chicken sandwiches,” after Popeyes boasted, “People need to eat on Sundays.” We are seeing brother against brother, families being torn apart by this spicy chicken topic. And, yes, it looks as though Popeyes is winning the battle. Crispiness, size, bun and better pickles seem to have given them an edge over what has been your favorite chicken sandwich for decades.
Not to be outdone by the two chicken giants, a horse of a different color has thrown its sandwich into the ring. Saucy Q at 1111 Government St. had a handwritten sign at the edge of its parking lot that read: “They back!!! 99¢ Knuckle Sand.” How can one resist that? We may have to hold a blind sandwich tasting at MacDonald Test Kitchen of Lagniappe Laboratories. It may take a couple of knuckle sandwiches to calm this debate. Buy local!
2 Southern Belles Grand Opening
There have already been a few days worth of soft opening, but the Grand Opening of 2 Southern Belles is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31. This latest restaurant at 1301 Springhill Ave. already has some fans, but plans to rake in more with their take on what they call “Southern, Creole and a touch of Latina.”
Expect breakfast and lunch with daily menu changes. Specials are available on social media, but it all sounds fantastic. It won’t take me long to find my way over there.
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