Is The Biscuit King’s Reign in Peril?

3 Jul

It’s the Fourth of July weekend. I woke up on Saturday morning and wanted to do something beyond cereal for breakfast. It had been a long while since we had paid homage to Fairhope’s Biscuit King, so I shook my youngest son Travis out of bed and we promptly motored south on AL State Highway 98. This sign (above) is seen at the intersection of Highway 98 and Highway 24. I never really bought into the “Best Lunch” claim, but did recall that “The King” made a mighty fine biscuit. They are located in the boondocks among the cornfields of South Baldwin County. Its clientele is a mix of simple country folk and tourists passing through on their way to the coast.

This portable sign announces The King’s daily “LUNCH PECIAL” pricing.

This sad looking pooch is the unofficial mascot — greeting folks out front.

T-Shirts sell for just $10. Never knew the kingdom extended to Virginia!

Rural clientele inside Biscuit King. Overalls and mesh hats abound.

The cheddar-encrusted Ultimate “Ugly Biscuit” – The King’s signature item.

Treasures lay inside the “Ugly Biscuit” – cheese, eggs, pepperoni, & sausage

The biscuits (priced at about $2.50 each) this go around were good – not great. Certainly not worthy of a throne and crown. Yes, I’ve had a better biscuit in my day. Come to think of it, I’ve had better biscuits right here at Biscuit King. The service was incredibly slow too (about a 30-minute wait for 4 biscuits). It appeared that the kitchen was being run by the same folks managing the BP oil spill cleanup. Chaotic? For sure. Sluggish? You know it. No urgency? Uh, yeah. If you’re gonna make the trip, I would strongly urge you to call ahead to place your order … especially on Saturdays!

So is the Biscuit King’s kingdom in peril? I would have to say it is. There is surely an opportunity for someone else to step up and do it all better. In doing so, that lucky person could seize the butter-coated scepter that has apparently gathered some dust over the past couple years.

Thanks for the memories, Biscuit King. It may be time for me to turn the page and move on to the next big thing. Your long reign, in this humble servant’s mind, may be history.

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One Response to “Is The Biscuit King’s Reign in Peril?”

  1. Andy Burkhart March 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Dear Biscuit King of Fairhope,

    My name is Andy Burkhart, and I am leaving u a short comment to inform u that there is another restaurant chain in the state of North Carolina with the name Biscuit King. I am a disgruntled former employee of the restaurant chain which includes a total of 4 restaurants altogether. These are the following locations: 231 North Talbert Blvd., Lexington, NC, 1900 Cotton Grove Road, Lexington, NC, a location on South Main Street in Lexington, and there’s 1 in High Point, NC——I don’t know the street address of that particular restaurant. I sure as hell that the food that u people serve in ur restaurant is a lot better than the pig slop they currently serve at the 4 Biscuit Kings in North Carolina. I worked for Biscuit King at Talbert in Lexington, NC for almost 12 yrs. The quality of their food has gone WAY down over the yrs. If I’m ever up in ur neck of the woods, I may drop in and try ur famous UGLY biscuit.

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