Biscuits & Barbeque Review
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Located on E 2nd St in Mineola, NY, is Biscuits & Barbeque, quite honestly one of the best Southern comfort restaurants I’ve been to on Long Island. I’m not sure if it’s the way the servers greet you, the classic steel diner car filled with regulars and newcomers alike, or maybe it’s just the the nature of the food they’re serving, but something about Biscuits & Barbeque made me feel innately comfortable from the moment I stepped inside. Hoisting a menu of Southern delicacies including Smoked Ribs, Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Green Tomatoes, Grits, an assortment of Po’Boys, and even Chicken and Waffles; Biscuits & Barbeque doesn’t rely on gimmicks or frills or other such facades to draw in a crowd, it lets the food do the talking, which is a refreshing change of pace to what I’ve become accustomed to in recent years.
Let’s start with the best thing I ate at Biscuits & Barbeque, or in this case, the second best thing, as I’m a firm believer you should always save your dessert for last. The Dixie Mac & Cheese, could be best described as intoxicating. Served family style with a thick layer of melted cheese on the top, the Mac & Cheese quite literally needed a knife to cut all the strands of cheese that formed as we scooped out our portions. The dish itself is incredibly gooey and delightful, and I’m sorry mom, it’s better than your Mac & Cheese. It was so intoxicating that my friend Pete was contemplated ordering a second serving.
We figured “we can’t go to a place called Biscuits & Barbeque and not get a biscuit.” Unfortunately, the biscuit itself was a little dry, but when paired with either their raspberry or honey butters, both of which are homemade, the biscuit turned out to be a pleasant balance of rich and savory. That being said, I would have liked to seen better from a restaurant that has the word biscuit in its name. As for the other appetizers we sampled, the Cornflake Chicken Fingers, which were coated in, you guessed it, corn flakes, were fried to form a crispy shell that added the perfect twist on what could have easily been boring old chicken fingers. They, surprisingly, weren’t overly sweet and were paired with a creamy in-house honey mustard.
One thing I do have to say about Biscuits & Barbeque, is that they aren’t a one trick pony. I easily find myself eating just about anything on the menu, which when you include and equally enticing list of daily specials, made the decision making process difficult on a personal level. I decided to order the Brisket Po’Boy off the specials menu, but I also tried the Pulled Pork Reuben. My friend Pete (who always seems to go against the grain) ordered the Muffaletta, a sort of Italian roll stuffed with meats and cheese that became popular in New Orleans during the days of immigration. The Muffuletta, which initially had me panned for a mistake, left me sort of dumbstruck, how could something so simple be so good? The bread was crispy, though still soft enough to soak up the juice from the meats and the olive spread, which was the dominant flavor in the dish. Not for everyone, but if you like olives and Italian meats, it’s worth the try, if you can compromise not eating some of the Southern comfort classics on the menu.
The Brisket Po’Boy which was dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo on a soft hero, with a side of cajun spiced fries, was good… but, and this is a big but, it would have been much better if the brisket was served on its own. I found the contents of the sandwich to be working against the brisket, which by itself, is served covered in house barbeque sauce, and has a sweet, melt away flavor which only occurs when brisket is smoked for a long period of time. The brisket is some of the best you’re going to find east of New York City. The problem is that brisket isn’t an everyday item at Biscuits & Barbeque, it’s only on the specials menu. That being said, their brisket is good enough that I would suggest trying it, in whatever form they have, if it’s on the specials menu.
As for the Pulled Pork Ruben, which was a big mound of pulled pork, covered in melted cheese, coleslaw, and russian dressing, on a soft roll, I thought it was flavorful and satisfying. That being said the pulled pork would have been better if it was served more traditionally, as part of a Po’Boy, or just pulled pork on its own, both of which are options on the menu.
I’m going to go ahead and say that the Banana Cream Pie from Biscuits & Barbeque was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life. That’s not an overstatement. I would go back for this and this alone. Oh my god! Banana pudding topped with whipped cream, freshly sliced banana, nilla wafers, drizzled with honey, and with a crust that’s either graham cracker or more nilla wafers; need I say anymore? You know something’s truly amazing when you want to take a nap after eating it. I also tried the equally epic raspberry bread pudding, which is warm, gooey, covered in almond shavings and served alamode. In general the deserts at Biscuits & Barbeque are fairly awesome, and I wholeheartedly suggest, regardless of how full you are, to try one of their amazing sweet treats after your meal.
Southern comfort restaurants are few and far between here on Long Island. In fact I’d be willing to wager the majority of people who go to NYIT have never been exposed to true, traditional Southern comfort. Biscuits & Barbeque is, in my honest opinion, well worth the 15 minute trip from NYIT’s Old Westbury Campus, to try out a large selection of cajun-infused, “Down South” delicacies. Even the pickiest eaters are sure to find something that can not only satisfy their hunger, but elevate and soothe their soul from this little, mom and pop barbecue joint in Mineola; and that’s why Biscuits & Barbeque gets my honest score of 9/10.