I've been anxiously awaiting the opening of The Flying Biscuit Cafe @ Stonecrest in South Charlotte. I stopped by recently and they weren't opened but the friendly gentleman there gave me a menu and chatted w/ me. I met a woman from Atlanta who said that I'll love the place and she was excited it was coming here. The menu looks interesting. Breakfast served all day, lots of eggs, sausage, turkey bacon, black bean cakes, whole grain rolls, muffins, pancakes, etc. The concept seemed charming. A lady named Delia opened the first Flying Biscuit in Atlanta after working many years in the industry as a waitress, etc. They tell this endearing tale on the back of their menus about Miss Delia and the opening day of her cafe and how they ran out of biscuits.
So opening day here in Charlotte was Tuesday. I went in today, Friday. I know that you are supposed to give a place a couple of months, to work out the kinks, before you go in but I just couldn't wait! I even waited until 1:45, for the lunch crowd to die down, before going in. It was packed! The staff was friendly and directed me to the bar area to place my to-go order. The place is whimsically decorated. Bright colors walls, crazy table cloths (mats), and stars and clouds and animals painted on the acoustic ceiling tiles. It was cute, but their was a definite commercial vibe. I ordered the 3B chicken sandwich and the "Side of Love" black bean cakes. I had a choice of salad, soup or potatoes w/ the sandwich and ordered the salad. I also had a diet coke. Bill totaled $15.14. I waited a short time and was given my food and left. I had a very short drive home. I opened the two to-go containers and was completely unimpressed w/ the presentation. The black bean cakes looked down right gross. Two thin black & brown cakes sprinkled w/ large pieces of bermuda onion w/ three to-go containers containing feta cheese, tomatillo salsa and sour cream. They tasted okay, but I probably wouldn't order them again... no yum factor. The sandwich was packaged w/ a side of potatoes, not what I had ordered. No salad. The potatoes were very obviously frozen and had a hint of rosemary but were similiar to the diced fried potatoes you'd get at IHOP. Ick. The sandwich had a large, grilled chicken breast w/ a sprinkle of fresh basil, crumbled blue cheese and two strips of turkey bacon on a whole grain bun. Bland and boring. The only thing I tasted was the blue cheese. The meal came with a biscuit and a small container of cranberry apple butter. The biscuit was again forgettable and the butter was not bad.
The other food I saw going out was equally unimpressive in appearance. Everything just looked so commercial. Such a shame b/c when I read the menu I wanted to try one of everything.
I'll give it another go in a few weeks, but I'm fairly certain I build it up much bigger in my mind then what they are in reality. I'm curious about what others experience was?