By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 13, 2024 at 6:31 PM

Even here in the Midwest, biscuits are having a moment. They’re popping up on morning menus, taking a starring role in brunch dishes and adding a bit of southern comfort to dinner menus.

When it comes to the best of the best, biscuits are sheer comfort on a plate: light, flaky, and perfectly buttery. 

Here are four spots doing them up right.

Honeypie Cafe

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2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437

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It’s no surprise that Honeypie serves up biscuits for brunch. It’s also no surprise that their handmade buttermilk biscuits are truly something special.

Not only are the biscuits big enough to share, they’re flakey, buttery and absolutely delicious on their own (served with butter and housemade jam, $6). But, if you want to go all out, definitely order their classic Breakfast Casserole featuring biscuits, roasted potatoes, sausage gravy, white cheddar, bacon and a sunnyside egg ($18.50).  

Be sure to wish them a happy 15th Anniversary while you’re there!

J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard 

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1 Brewers Way, (414) 902-4201

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Alongside comforting choices like Nueske’s Hanging Bacon and crispy Pressure Fried Chicken, the Barrel Yard also serves up sheer biscuity goodness. 

Ma’s Buttermilk Biscuits are warm and tender with a slightly crisp crust and a pillowy interior that’s begging for a spread of whipped cultured butter and hot honey (two for $6 or six for $16).

Smoke Shack

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332 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 431-1119

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It's been three years now since Smoke Shack rolled out their colossal buttermilk biscuits and they’ve been a part of their brunch menu ever since. Why? They're crispy on the outside and tender and buttery in the middle, and they're just the right size to make a good breakfast sandwich.

Try the Alabama Biscuit Sandwich featuring a fried egg, pulled pork, white BBQ sauce and home fries ($15). 

Tupelo Honey

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511 N. Broadway, (414) 207-4604

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Among the Southern treats on the Tupelo Honey menu are their signature cathead biscuits, oversized buttermilk biscuits (about the size of a cat’s head) served with blueberry jam and whipped butter ($3.75 for two).  

As you'd expect from this Southern brand, their biscuits are buttery and flakey, just like they should be.  But you can also feel good about indulging since proceeds from the biscuits are set aside to fund the Tupelo Honey Relief & Development Funds created to assist Tupelo Honey employees who’ve fallen on hard times.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.