REVIEW: The Flying Biscuit Café, Norcross, Gwinnett
It’s been said that success is often imitated but seldom duplicated. The Flying Biscuit Café near Candler Park has long been one of our favorite places for breakfast and brunch (our review from 2010). Its in-town, eclectic vibe is captivating. The food is always marvelous and its just one of those rare places that we’ll wait to be seated because its just THAT GOOD.
Its no wonder why the folks at The Flying Biscuit Café sought to replicate this to the ‘burbs. It’s rare that I eat breakfast anywhere but the car during the week. Its even rarer that I do a review solo. But this day was off kilter to begin with. I had a late morning meeting with a client that threw my schedule into chaos and I ended up with an extra half an hour. As fate would have it, I happened upon The Flying Biscuit Café.
As packed as it is on the weekends, it appeared as if the zombie apocalypse had taken place and I was left to locate Rick and Carol. Of course, that means though that I was able to be seated right away! My server was SO nice and brought me a coffee and a large glass of orange juice to start me meal.
Looking at the menu, I went with the first thing (it’s #1 for a reason, right?) – The Famous Flying Biscuit Breakfast. It comes with two eggs (your way, I chose scrambled and added cheddar cheese), chicken sausage and creamy dream grits. I’m also a sucker for their oven-roasted potatoes that are “moon-dusted” so I added that too.
While that retro, casual atmosphere (that’s also reminiscent of Folk Art) you can’t help but feel you’re in the “franchise version” of a Flying Biscuit Café. While, try as they may, that really cool, “Athens”-like feel that we love so much about the Candler Park location is missing from this suburban outpost.
When my breakfast came, I mentally was not in the same place as I would have been sitting in Candler Park. The food was fine, but there’s such a difference when the kitchen is cranking out food and nothing sits for long. The experience that you love on a weekend morning at the original Flying Biscuit Café is missing at the Norcross location and its really missing on a weekday morning.
I think The Flying Biscuit Café, is probably the best breakfast for miles around Norcross and certainly rocks on the weekend (I’ve been there, I know). But if you think that you’re going to have the same experience as you do at Candler Park, you might leave disappointed. Guten appetit!