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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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Biscuit King Fun Barn – Fairhope, AL

5 Jul

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This really is a fun place. Good eats too!

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The “Ugly Biscuit” is pretty hard to beat as a breakfast belly bomb. I know it doesn’t look that good (hence the name), but it packs a ton of flavor. Egg, sausage, cheese, and other goodies are rolled in with the biscuit dough to create this one of a kind morning delight.

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It’s not exactly on the beaten path, but it is worth the trip. A steady stream of loyal customers parade in each morning for their daily fix of flaky goodness. Stop by and join in on the fun!

Cal them at  251.928.2424 if you get lost along the way.

More Cajun Goodness from Bourque’s

24 Nov

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Just look at this bread, people. Do I really need to say any more?

Another part of our amazing holiday shipment from Bourque’s Specialties of Port Barre, LA was their absolutely incredible Jalapeno Cheese Sausage Bread. Oh my gosh, where do we begin to dare explain the wonders of this one of a kind belly bomb? The closest thing I can compare it to would be the Ugly Biscuits we once woofed down with glee at Fairhope, Alabama’s Biscuit King.

Yes, imagine (if you will) a larger, spicier version of the Ugly Biscuit and you’re getting close. I really hate to use the word ugly because in our eyes this bread is a “thang of beee-yooo-teee.” It’s made with smoked sausage, jalapeno peppers, Rotel tomotoes, eggs, cheese, and bread dough … but its sum is far greater than its individual parts. It’s a zesty Cajun treat — one bite and it will set you FREE! Tip: Have an ice cold beverage lurking nearby.

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Here’s an inside peek at the bread — MMMMM! 

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An old photo of Adolph Bourque (AKA “The Boss”) who started it all  

The following detail was lifted off the Bourque’s web-based emporium …  

This family owned and operated business began in the home of Adolph and Yvonne Bourque, selling a variety of home grown vegetables and other staples.  Going through five stores and fifty-six  years of hard work and dedication, the business has grown to a 20,000 square foot supermarket, located in Port Barre, Louisiana near the birthplace of Bayou Teche.  

The business also includes a full service washerteria, loan company, real estate, rental properties, etc.  Bourque’s Supermarket offers a complete line of Cajun specialty meats, homemade sausage, boudin, cracklin, homemade beef jerky, fresh produce, deli/bakery, and other great products to cook those old-fashioned Cajun recipes.  

We also make our own seasoning, fish fry, roux, chile, seafood gumbo, and homemade dressing mix.  We ship anything, anywhere. Bourque’s Supermarket is currently being operated by children and grand children of Adolph and Yvonne Bourque.

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As you can see, Adolph’s image adorns most of the product packaging at Bourque’s. What a great way for folks to remember and pay their respects to the Bayou genius who founded the company more than a half century ago. We recently sampled their Crab and Corn Bisque for the first time — and it will not be the last. It’s super creamy and accented with just the right blend of spice.

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This is a vintage image of Adolph & his empire (Circa 1962)

I have learned not to add any salt, pepper, hot sauce, or other spice blends to any of the Bourque’s culinary creations. The Bourque boys like it good and spicy and that is more than A-O-K with yours truly. This is good soup, y’all — and I’ll also tell you what it is not. It’s NOT loaded with any artificial ingredients or preservatives. And meaty crabs gave their lives. They didn’t just crawl through the pot.

Come and get it, chere — it’s the REAL DEAL!!!