Getting real about biscuits in Seattle

I don’t eat meat. And I try to keep my dairy consumption minimal (yogurt, eggs periodically, cheese is a luxury not a condiment). So I often look for vegetarian and/or vegan recipes or adapt interesting recipes to be meat- or dairy-free.

I also grew up in The South and I love biscuits. I have opinions about biscuits. I especially love the biscuits from Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC. Time-Out would also suffice, if it was like 2AM… and of course, Bojangles (unashamed!).

But it’s pretty difficult to come across a great buttery, semi-salty, pillowy southern biscuit all the way out here in the Pacific Northwest (or in New York City or Boston where I lived before here). Biscuits also involve a lot of butter (not vegan) and, no matter the ingredients you’re using, can be difficult to get right making them from scratch at home.

But about a year or so ago, my dude and I came across this amazing homemade vegan biscuit recipe from The Minimalist Baker, and I highly recommend it. It’s good even compared with non-vegan biscuits. It combines two of my favorite things: biscuits and dairy-free recipes. And it is so. easy.

We’ve used this recipe dozens of times, and — pro-tip — we double it, which makes about 12-14 biscuits depending on how big you make them. It requires just 7 ingredients, basic things we usually have on hand.

So go over to The Minimalist Baker blog and follow her directions for The Best Damn Vegan Biscuits exactly. (But I do recommend doubling it).

And if you’re looking for a decent biscuit, here’s my take on a few local spots to find the best biscuits in Seattle.

Morsel (Ballard or U-District): Look no further. This is my top recommendation. The biscuits are big and buttery, not too dense (Though they are a bit more crumbly than a southern biscuit which is more like a chewey, buttery pillow). You can have your biscuit with an array of jams or butters, or a classic egg biscuit. Fancy it up with some arugula. They have a classic buttermilk and also some other flavory ones like “cheddar chive” (WHY??). Just do yourself a favor and get the buttermilk. Drawbacks are that the line — at both the U-District and Ballard locations — can be woefully long, so plan your hunger accordingly. Also, they are also kind of expensive. Like at least $8, usually more. But I guess that’s cheaper than most food options in Seattle.

The Wandering Goose (Capitol Hill): This is actually the first biscuit we had in Seattle. We ate here when we visited to find an apartment. And we were like “Oh my god they have biscuits here!!!!” I would have these again, but we just don’t go to Cap Hill around breakfast time very often. It was a decent biscuit and there are a few options for a biscuit sandwich with egg and cheese, or meat, if you are a flesh-eater.

Witness (Capitol Hill): Some love to fellow North Carolinians who own this place. You can get a nice, classic buttermilk biscuit tacked onto your brunch, which is what I did. Hits the spot. They also have grits. GRITS.

Serious Pie & Biscuit (South Lake Union): Meh. Let’s just put it this way: this place is an eight-minute walk from my office and I have never returned. I had some kind of sandwich, probably the “fried green tomato, bacon, remoulade, egg” — sans bacon— because I can never turn down a fried green tomato. It was… overwhelming. I just feel like biscuits should be simple. And should definitely never cost $11. (They also have “creamy grits” here, but I cannot speak to their quality).

Good luck on your great biscuit hunt!


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