Maple Street Biscuit Company

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There can’t be many foods more perfect than a biscuit sandwich. Especially when what lies between those two biscuit halves is fried chicken. Maple Street Biscuit Company in San Marco has been putting out some pretty delicious biscuit sandwiches (with and without chicken) since opening a few short months ago. My first visit was on opening day, when I split a Loaded Goat (all natural fried chicken breast, and fried goat cheese medallion), Sticky Maple (all natural fried chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon all topped with Bissell Family Farm real maple syrup), grits, and mac and cheese with Folio Weekly’s Bite Club writer Caron:

Loaded Goat + Mac & Cheese

Loaded Goat + Mac & Cheese

Sticky Maple + grits

Sticky Maple + grits



I fell in love with a biscuit sandwich at Noon Midtown in Atlanta (which is sadly no more), which I basically use as my gold standard for the genre. Based on that, I was not wowed with my first visit. The chicken was good, the toppings were good, but the biscuit was a little dense and not flaky. I didn’t like that the Sticky Maple was just doused in syrup. The mac & cheese was ok and we discovered some yummy cream cheese chunks in the grits–but after we were halfway through the dish (improper mixing). I am forgiving on first-day-first-visits though, so I gave them another try a few weeks later. This time, I had the Loaded Goat again (I’m a sucker for goat cheese!), with the addition of Maple St’s pepper jelly (on the recommendation of Natalie of Jacksonville Magazine) and Mario had the Sticky Maple AND the Five and Dime (all natural fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese topped with sausage gravy and a fried egg–no photo :-():

Loaded Goat (again)

Loaded Goat (again)

Better biscuit…better goat cheese medallion…yum!! This was a solid improvement over the first visit. Mario’s Five and Dime, while not quite up to Noon’s gold standard (“Noon wins because they use Benton’s bacon”–consider it, Maple St!) was really good. The sausage gravy has a little spice to it and is hearty and rich. The Sticky Maple was also improved, as it wasn’t swimming in maple syrup but was still plenty maple-y. Dining companions raved over the grits and mac-and-cheese, so my guess is those kinks have been worked out as well. Love to see a place improving their product!

Maple Street Biscuit Company is open for breakfast and lunch 6 days a week and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Personal opinion: perfection would be a biscuit sandwich truck/stand near the bars for late night noms :-)

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