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Rising to the Occasion – Best Biscuits in the Tennessee River Valley


Whether served plain, buttered, with jelly or gravy, made from scratch biscuits are considered a southern delicacy. The Tennessee River Valley Mapguide provides visitors with information from a local's perspective to some of the South's best biscuits.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) August 02, 2018

A few generations ago, mothers and grandmothers would stand in the kitchen folding, rolling and cutting dough to create the perfect made from scratch biscuit. Many will say that the secret to the towering fluffy beauties is not necessarily the recipe, but in the technique. Today, made from scratch biscuits can be found in the Tennessee River Valley with some locations putting a 21st century twist on the recipe. The Tennessee River Valley has compiled a list to give biscuit lovers an idea of some of the best places in the region for the fluffiest and tastiest.

Knox Mason, Knoxville, Tenn.
The list begins in Knoxville, the original home of the White Lily Flour Company that is considered by many as the best flour for producing a lighter, fluffier biscuit with a greater rise. Featuring locally sourced food products and southern inspired cuisine, award winning Knox Mason is a favorite dining spot in downtown Knoxville. While known for their biscuits, Knox Mason is not open for breakfast. What has placed this restaurant high on the must try biscuit list is their Sunday brunch that features made from scratch biscuits. The menu is seasonal, and local Chef, Matt Gallaher sources locally grown foods for the menu. The restaurant is located in the arts district of Knoxville where most of the buildings are historic and have been repurposed for art galleries, restaurants and businesses.

Maple Street Biscuit Company, Chattanooga, Tenn.
At Maple Street Biscuit Company, the secret to their scrumptious sandwiches is the biscuits. Biscuits are made fresh everyday, throughout the day, with artisan flour, real butter and a few other special ingredients. Southerners have always known that a flaky biscuit was the perfect base to sop up gravies, honey, and fruit jams. The Maple Street Biscuit Company has created hearty breakfast and lunch sandwiches featuring southern staples of chicken, bacon, cheeses and gravies.

Located near many of the Chattanooga downtown attractions, Maple Street Biscuit Company is only open for breakfast and lunch.

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Que, Cullman, Ala.
While biscuits may not be the first thing that comes to mind at a barbeque restaurant, Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Que is the exception. Jim 'N Nick's offers every major style of smoked meat including Eastern Carolina chopped pork (with vinegar and pepper sauce), classic pulled pork shoulder, dry rubbed beef brisket, hot links of pork sausage, chicken, turkey, ham and both regular and baby back pork ribs. While their meat may be receiving accolades from barbeque connoisseurs near and far, another item on the menu is quickly becoming a signature item and a must try. All meals include made-from-scratch cheese biscuits. These light airy biscuits with bits of cheese boast a touch of sweetness. Guests can munch on them as they wait for their order to be prepared. For $5.99, guests can pick up a bag of Cheese Biscuit Mix to take home and make. Each bag makes a couple of dozen.

Also worth noting is there are no freezers and from the croutons on the salad to the pie crusts, all of the restaurant's food is made from scratch daily using fresh ingredients.

Dover Grille, Dover, Tenn.
At the Dover Grille, hot cathead biscuits are a favorite. Cathead biscuits are a Southern staple whose name refers to their large size (about as big as a cat's head). The dough for this hand-rolled biscuit recipe is made by incorporating flour into the wet ingredients, instead of the reverse. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Dover Grille is a family style restaurant featuring hearty American cuisine and Tex-Mex fare. Biscuits are made from scratch in the kitchen every day.

This locally-owned restaurant is located right on the Dover Square and offers daily lunch and dinner specials, including an 'all-you-can-eat taco night.

Lodge Cast Iron Factory Store, South Pittsburgh, Tenn.
For those who want to try their hand in making southern biscuits, the proper cookware is required. In most southern kitchens, the most important cooking pan is a large cast iron skillet.

Nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains is the town of South Pittsburg, boasting a population 3,300. It was here that Joseph Lodge and his wife settled and, in 1896 opened his first foundry and began producing Lodge Cast Iron cookware. Over the years, the company has created a legacy of quality that has thrived through two World Wars and the Great Depression, and is still carried on by the family today. Product lines continue to evolve, providing cooking enthusiasts cookware that is handed down generation to generation as treasured family heirlooms. Lodge's dedication to quality, technology and employees has helped the company flourish over 100 years.

While Lodge products can be purchased across the world and online, a visit to South Pittsburg provides an opportunity to shop at the foundry flagship store for the perfect cast iron skillet. The flagship store is located adjacent to the factory and provides visitors not only a place to purchase Lodge cookware, but a story of family heritage.

Along with these noted restaurants for the best biscuits, the Tennessee River Valley offers a compelling story, captivating visitors with its little unknown facts, pristine, untouched areas and rich, authentic experiences. Save trip ideas and plan a trip easily with the Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide, an online guide of authentic places and adventures that have been recommended by locals.

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