Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, a popular Charleston-based grab-and-go biscuit counter, opens on Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. in South End.
During Callie’s grand opening, the first 10 customers in line will receive a free tote bag, mug, and free drip coffee for a year. The first 25 will receive a tote bag. All customers on opening day will get a free hot little biscuit with a purchase. The opening celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 31 so be sure to get in line early.
Callie’s is located on the ground floor of The Penrose, a new 350-unit luxury apartment complex on Tremont Avenue. This hot area is a short walk from Sycamore Brewing, the Design Center, and East/West Station along the light rail.
Background: Inspired by her mother, founder Carrie Morey’s goal is to “keep the Southern biscuit-making tradition alive,” and she does that at her Atlanta and Charleston locations. All biscuits are made by hand and are melt-in-your-mouth soft. Callie’s Charlotte location is its largest to date with a full coffee and espresso bar as well as more menu options like salads, sandwiches, and soups.
OK, here are 10 more things you need to know about Callie’s.
(1) Salty? Sweet? How about both?
Callie’s offers a range of biscuit selections to let you indulge either your sweet tooth or your cravings for salt. Why not have both sweet and salty? A cinnamon biscuit and a country ham biscuit can appease both sides of your palate.
The tops of the sweet cinnamon and spice biscuits are dusted with thin layer of sugar that adds a little satisfying crunch.
The savory country ham biscuit is filled with fine crispy shavings of country ham. You can’t go wrong with either — or both!
(2) I think you’re ready for this jelly.
Try a biscuit with blackberry jam; the thick layer of jam accents the buttery biscuit with a sweet berry flavor. Callie’s jams are homemade by a local jam-maker and are full of fruit and texture.
(3) Why get a birthday cupcake when you can get a birthday biscuit?
Callie’s has the cutest frosting- and sprinkles-topped birthday biscuits that are a fun alternative to the trendy cupcake.
(4) They have traditional — and seriously tasty — breakfast sandwiches, too.
The bacon, egg, and cheddar sandwich brings all the classic breakfast flavors together between two large fluffy biscuits. The egg can be fried or scrambled based on your preference. Another favorite is the BLT with — you guessed it — bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
(5) You can have your grits in a biscuit bowl.
This dish pairs buttery grits with a biscuit shell to create an Instagrammable twist on a Southern classic. The biscuit bowl adds $2 to a $3 bowl of grits, but it is worth it.
(6) If you’re feeling creative, you can design your own biscuit.
Callie’s biscuit menu includes about eight base options, but you can also build your own if you’re feeling inspired.
Add gravy and green onion to your biscuit to give it even more Southern charm. Or, drizzle some honey on your biscuit for added sweetness.
(7) Callie’s will please both the meat lovers and the vegetarians.
In addition to bacon and ham, Callie’s toppings also include several vegetarian staples. Try adding creamy avocado slices to complement the flavors and textures of your biscuit.
(8) Pimento cheese is always an option.
I can’t get enough Pimento cheese, and, fortunately, Callie’s has two options for me. Either build your own biscuit with Pimento cheese or you can order the sausage, egg, and Pimento cheese sandwich. Try the latter if you’re hungry; the biscuit is hearty and will fill you up.
If you’re brave enough to mix Pimento cheese with one of Callie’s jam selections, let me know how it goes.
(9) Callie’s offers classes so you can learn how to make biscuits, too.
If you like to cook or if you just like to be in the kitchen, check out Callie’s monthly “Biscuiteer 101: A Biscuit-Making Class,” which is a 90-minute class for $125 per person. These classes can accommodate up to eight people, so they’re perfect for a girls’ night out, a bachelorette party, or even a date night.
Or, if you have kids and are looking for creative birthday party ideas, consider Callie’s “Confetti Party: A Biscuit-Making Class” for parents and kids. This 90-minute class costs $40 per kid, $70 per parent and can have up to eight people.
(10) Callie’s is open seven days a week.
Regular hours for Callie’s are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (But remember: Callie’s grand opening is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Callie’s is located at 327 W. Tremont Ave.