Atlanta >Food & Dining > The Flying Biscuit Cafe
1655 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.764762 -84.333248
Neighborhoods: Eastside, Lake Claire, Eastside
Good food, iffy service – Food is good, kinda weird sometimes. Black Bean cakes are awesome. The service can be bad, hard to get seated.
yum to everything on the menu! – lets start with the delicous grits! smooth and flavorful with just the right seasoning. I lovegrits that are not grainy in texture and these just melt in your mouth. absolutely everything is an eclectic spin off of basic southern breakfast fair yet the subtle twists make you feel that you are eating healthy while over endulging in gloriously rich sumptous food.
Great Food, lackluster service – I love the food here. The biscuits are tremendous, as are the sandwiches. I usually get the 3B chicken sandwich, and it's what I recommend to everyone else. It's a good thing I don't live very close, or I'd be fat off of these biscuits and sandwiches. I have tried some of the casseroles and was less impressed, and some things I just didn't like at all. They have some good choices on the menu, but just be aware that not everything is as good as the best items on the menu. We regularly get the fried green tomatoes appetizer as well, and it's a good start to the meal. The only drawback at this location is the lackluster service. It can take a while to get your order taken. We've had two negative dining experiences there at the hands of a waitress named Olive. The first time she delivered our food to the wrong table, who ate it (and made us wait another 30 minutes for food without explanation). The second time, it just took forever to get our order, food, and check. I know that Flying Biscuit was bought out by Raving brands, but at locations like this they really need to focus on friendly and attentive service. Frankly I will continue to get takeout here but will probably avoid dining in. Nothing ruins my appetite like poor service.
Great!! – A couple of my girl friends went to the flying biscuit last weekend, for a girl?s brunch. It was the weekend when it was snowing in Atlanta, so it was freezing. We get to the location and there were people lining the street and sidewalk waiting to be seated. It was COLD!!! Briefly, my girl friends and I considered leaving but we had heard so many great things about the restaurant we decided to stick it out. I AM SO GLAD WE DID!! The food was great. I am actually not a breakfast person but I really enjoyed the food. I ordered the piedmont omelet! Spectacular!!!!!! The portions were large and the food was fresh. I like my biscuits a bit sweet, which these are not, but they were good. It was so good we made plans to go back and try their lunch.
Surviving off its reputation now – I used to go to the Flying Biscuit in L5 in the late 90s...loved the food. Everything tasted so fresh, unique, and just plain ol good. But over the last couple of years I have been there sparingly, and each time, I left disappointed. Now the food didn't taste as good and I think the place was just surviving off of its reputation. The Moon Dusted Potatoes just didn't taste all that good and the biscuits were okay. And now they are expanding into a decent size chain. I guess its the inevitable...with more business comes drop in quality. I say go try it once just so you can say that you have been to the Flying Biscuit.
Excellent Food and Service – I would highly recommend The Flying Biscuit to anyone who can appreciate friendly and attentive service and a great big, delicious breakfast! I ordered the French toast and a side of grits when I went. The biscuit was tasty, as were the grits and the heaping pile of French toast. The service was great too.
Best french toast, long lines but worth it! – This restaurant is the place to go when you have visitors. It has a very unique, fun atmosphere and delicious food. The french toast is drizzled with a raspberry sauce & honey creme anglais and is amazing. Their portions are very large and a biscuit w cranapple butter come with practically every meals...so yummy!
WOW... – Always Always Always Packed.....Wait was a long one I would recommend them expand. But food always taste good. wouldn't recommend for a large group but if you and your mate wants to go out I say go for it.
Overpriced, Overrated and I'm Over It – I've eaten at two different locations, several times and I will not be back. If you're going to put the word biscuit in your name, learn to cook one properly. All the funky kitsch in the world cannot hide the fact that the food is mediocre at best. The new location in East Cobb is no better, the Shrimp and Grits including undercooked (raw) shrimp and overcooked (dry) grits. Looking around, I got the feeling that most were there because it is the cool place to be. Not if you like good food. Service is abysmal at both locations I have visited, the hiring guidelines seem to have nothing to do with competence or experience.
Stay away and spend you money somewhere else.
Flying Biscuit - Marietta - not recommended! – The immediate impression is one of charm. Wait was around an hour, and this was a Sat. afternoon at 2:00. We mainly had to wait because the hostess(es) apparently called our name outside, but since we were sitting inside, we never heard them. The hostess on duty never bothered apologizing, even though it added 20 minutes to our wait. Average wait appears to be around 35 minutes.
The food is unexceptional and the biscuits hard and unappetizing. It is not "traditional" Southern no matter what people say. I discovered they do not even serve jelly with their "famous" biscuits...which were tasteless, or tasted of baking soda, depending on your opinion. They were served with a spicy apple butter that some people may love, but I found to be too spicy.
Breakfast combos are served with chix sausage or overcooked turkey bacon. They do not have biscuits and gravy, either. They do serve grits. Their breakfast potatoes are roasted to a crisp, and have too strong a rosemary flavor for my taste. My turkey burger was overcooked and bland. The only bright spot was an OK Tomato Basil soup. The meatloaf or baked chicken might be the way to go if you absolutely have to eat at this place. We got the famous chocolate bread pudding, but unfortunately I found it to be bland, packy, and totally without character. If you would like to try a good chocolate bread pudding, please try the one at Pappasito's.
My final view on this place: don't go. Take my advice, and if you need to eat breakfast, please eat at J. Christopher's, which is further up Johnson's Ferry towards Roswell Road, in the shopping center for the Fresh Market. I know that there are many glowing reviews of the Flying Biscuit, but I feel that I was gypped out of my $30. I know that Rachel Ray has recommended it, but it truly is all hype. Just compare this place to places like Another Broken Egg Cafe in Destin, FL (also a small breakfast chain) which sends Flying Biscuit out of the water.
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