EDITORIAL: Biscuits make our area delicious

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

We like our biscuits here in Central North Carolina.

There are plenty of good ones around: biscuit-makers from our local Hardee’s franchises have regularly won acclaim for their doughy creations of baked goodness. Local mom ’n’ pop shops have a devoted customer base, and just about everyone has a favorite spot for their favorite breakfast fare served up between two piping-hot halves of heavenly delight. (Or, for those who prefer, hot biscuits slathered with butter and maybe some jelly or jam.)

And earlier this week The Herald spotlighted Suyapa Sales, who was named the third-best biscuit maker among 50 Bojangles’ stores owned by Tri-Arc Food Systems. Sales won the contest by making 50 biscuits — each of which had to have been declared “perfect” by the contest judges — in as short amount of time as possible. Sales took under eight minutes. Fast and delicious and perfect? You betcha.

Those who are eschewing carbohydrates (owing to the popularity of diets such as Atkins and South Beach, which teach adherents to severely restrict the intake of things like bread and pasta) and gluten may avoid biscuits altogether. But that hasn’t stopped biscuits (and Sweet Tea, so good it just has to be capitalized as a proper noun) from being a staple of drive-thru and fast-food haunts and diners in our part of the country, often accompanied by country ham or a sausage patty with just the right amount of spiciness.

We’re not sure what it is about the creators of such fine delicacies, or about Lee County that seems to make biscuits here so wonderful, but we’re not sure it’s vital to know why. Just say grace and dig in and enjoy.