Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, a popular Charleston-based grab-and-go biscuit counter, plans to open in South End by the end of August.
It’ll be located at The Penrose, a new 350-unit luxury multi-family development on Tremont Avenue. This hot area is a short walk from Sycamore, the Design Center and the Rail Trail.
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 shop and two Charleston spots. All biscuits are made by hand and are melt-in-your-mouth soft.
Fun facts: Callie’s will be unveiling a signature biscuit for Charlotte. And unlike the other locations, their Charlotte spot will have a full King Bean Coffee Roaster coffee and espresso bar as well as a different menu with more salad, sandwich and soup options.
OK, here are 11 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 the blackberry jam; the thick layer of jam accents the buttery biscuit with 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” brings the classic breakfast flavors together between two large fluffy biscuits. The egg can be fried or scrambled depending on how you like your eggs.
The “BLT” is another fresh option if you like your bacon with lettuce and tomato instead of egg and cheese.
(5) You can have your grits in a biscuit bowl.
This innovative 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 for the taste (and the photograph).
(6) If you’re feeling creative, you can design your own biscuit.
Callie’s biscuit menu includes about eight basic options, but you can build your own if you’re inspired to get creative.
Add gravy and green onion to your biscuit to give it even more Southern charm. Or, throw some honey on your biscuit to add some natural sweet stickiness.
(7) Callie’s will please both the meat lovers and the vegetarians out there.
In addition to bacon and ham, Callie’s toppings also include several vegetarian staples to satisfy the vegetarians looking for a hearty breakfast. Instead of bacon, add avocado to your egg and cheese biscuit.
Creamy avocado slices will 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 lets you build your own biscuit with Pimento cheese or you can order a “Sausage, Egg, and Pimento Cheese” biscuit sandwich. Try the latter if you’re hungry; the biscuit is not light, but it will fill you up and satisfy your salt cravings.
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 or just ways to entertain your little angels, 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 has fun seasonal biscuits that will put you in a festive mood.
Callie’s celebrates the holidays with seasonally relevant biscuits.
This past July Fourth, Callie’s offered a special patriotic biscuit with white icing plus red, white, and blue sprinkles and a little mini American flag on top.
Callie’s also celebrated “National Strawberry Shortcake Day” last June with decadent strawberry shortcake biscuits with fresh strawberries and a heaping of whipped cream.
(11) Life is just peachy at Callie’s.
Callie’s peach biscuit is a must-try. In the middle of the biscuit is a layer of crisp, macerated peaches.
Like Callie’s other sweet biscuits, the top of the biscuit is coated in sugar grains, but this biscuit is also topped with a dollop of peach purée for some additional fresh peach taste. The crunchy peach in the middle and sugar crystals on top pair delightfully with the soft shortbread biscuit and flavorful purée.