You can count the number of ingredients in most biscuits on one hand. Yet something magical happens when milk, flour and butter combine. We put together a walking tour of some of our favorite biscuit dishes. You’ll appreciate the exercise. (Here’s a map of all 8 places.)
301 Water St. SE; 202-484-0660
In addition to ricotta pancakes and poached eggs with shrimp, this waterfront Italian joint offers house-made biscuits with duck ragu and fried eggs ($15) at weekend brunch.
415 New Jersey Ave. NW; 202-393-7777
Chef Art Smith hosts an annual competition called “Biscuit Bash.” (This year’s event falls on May 6.) His are made simply from flour, butter and buttermilk and served with smoked pork at brunch ($15).
1323 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-524-5210
True to its name (which stands for golden, brown, delicious) GBD serves biscuits with a number of its fried chicken dishes, like fried chicken thigh drizzled with spicy honey ($3.25).
2007 18th St. NW; 202-588-7388
Chef Russell Jones serves his biscuits with pimento cheese and Mangalica ham, a rare Spanish ham ($16). Jones hails from South Carolina, so he knows a thing or two about the Southern staple.
1370 Park Road NW; 202-299-9700
Don’t knock these vegan biscuits until you try them. They’re just as fluffy as their butter-rich cousins, thanks to mock “buttermilk” made from non-dairy milk and lemon. They come with Southern-style gravy and “Gimme-lean” sausage ($11).
Meats & Foods
247 Florida Ave. NW; 202-505-1384
Set your alarm early for Meats & Foods’ Sunday biscuits. Owners Ana Marin and Scott McIntosh make only about 40 of the golden treats and they typically sell out by noon ($3).
Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE; 540-300-6322
This kiosk in Union Market dishes out highbrow biscuit sandwiches (like adobo lamb with jalapeno and egg) alongside Southern classics (fried chicken or pulled pork). Biscuits come in three flavors: buttermilk, ham and jalapeno, and sweet corn.
1841 Seventh St. NW; 202-316-9396
Derek Brown’s whiskey bar in Shaw serves a brunch biscuit platter with your choice of skillet-fried chicken thighs and green tomato chowchow; Surryano ham with red eye gravy; eggs and cheddar, pecan butter; or lemon curd ($10).
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