Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Breaking Fast in North Carolina

It's been a long night of abstaining from food. You've been fasting for 8 to 12 hours easily... It's time to treat yourself right and break your fast with some fine southern cooking.

It's time for breakfast.

Southern food is amazing, and there is something so down-home when it comes to the first meal of the day. It's the power source that will get you through long days on the farm breaking bulls and harvesting okra... (those are things farmers do right?)

Let's be honest, the biscuit is pretty much the world's most perfect carbohydrate. Pair it with some country ham, a farm fresh egg and some pimento cheese and you've got yourself a breakfast which could either give you the fuel to bale hay for 16 hours, or in my case, lie on the couch for the rest of the morning moaning and rubbing your belly.

Rise biscuit and doughnuts in Durham is taking the breakfast world by storm. Fierce attention to detail, hand made baked goods and fine southern ingredients are making my mouth water from Wisconsin.

The biscuits are crunchy on the outside, moist and tender as hell on the inside and filled with the finest ingredients around. They have two locations open now and are opening 4 more in the Raleigh Durham area in the coming months. I'm particularly interested in the Carboro location since that's the city my sister lives in... get your ass in gear Rise, I'll be visiting again soon.

Their donuts are... pretty good, They are trying to get in on the fancy donut trend. I tried a few and they were decent donuts.... but those biscuits.... oh lord those biscuits.

Venable Rotisserie Bistro in Carboro does a damn fine brunch as well.

A whole chicken thigh, butterflied bone-in, is breaded with panko breadcrumbs, deep fried and smothered in pan gravy. Top it with a couple of eggs and a biscuit. You got yourself a real southern breakfast.

I love roasted eggs, basically it's eggs braised in cream. This seems to be a relatively new offering to the hipster brunch scene. I hadn't really heard of them before 3-4 years ago. You can eat it like a dip. It's rich, salty, flavorful, and well worth a try. Lots of brunch places make eggs like this nowadays, give it a try.

Just talking about all of this Southern breakfast food is making me want to take a nap.

Wake me in an hour or so.

Raleigh/Durham North Carolina
Rise Biscuits and Donuts
Venable Bistro

- NOM!

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