Off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
is a review of things to do, places to stay
and honey holes to visit off the
Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Get in my Belly, Biscuitby Jeremy Schell
Is there anything better than a good southern biscuit? Oh, how about biscuits and gravy? Wait, what about biscuits stuffed with fried chicken, or smoked brisket, or perhaps even a hot brown biscuit with smoked turkey, gouda mornay, bacon and roasted tomatoes? These wouldn’t be complete unless smothered in goetta sausage gravy. Be still my clogged arteries and my gluttonous heart. Well, you don’t have to go too far Off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to find the best damn biscuits in Kentucky.
Biscuit Belly is a fast-casual breakfast and brunch restaurant featuring made from scratch biscuit sandwiches with a southern influence and old-fashioned southern hospitality. Now with two locations serving the Louisville area (St Matthews and downtown Louisville in the Nulu neighborhood), Biscuit Belly is a local favorite that often has lines over 50 people deep waiting to get inside. Now, don’t let the lines fool you, the service, and fast made-to-order biscuit sandwiches will fill your belly in no time.
Open seven days per week, each Biscuit Belly location opens at 7:30 a.m. and serves breakfast and brunch until 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 3:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Everything is made from scratch daily with many of the ingredients sourced locally in the Kentucky area. The pride and quality of each meal is savored in every bite.
The menu offers a little something for everyone, especially if you love biscuits, and perhaps even a few things if you’re not in the mood for one. Start with a plate to share with the entire table, or just hoard for yourself, like the Gravy Train ($10) – two biscuits and samples of our goetta, mushroom and hot brown gravies, or get nutty and substitute one for chocolate gravy. The Loaded Breakfast Tots ($7) are my personal favorite featuring sausage, bacon & Kenny's cheddar stuffed tater tots with maple aioli. If you don't care about making a mess, the New Orleans inspired Praline Beignets ($7) which are biscuit doughnut holes, cinnamon sugar, icing, and candied pecans are divine!
Biscuit Belly is famous for their biscuit sandwiches and none of them disappoint. My two personal favorites are the Rockwell Supreme ($11) which includes fried chicken, Kenny’s cheddar, goetta sausage gravy with an over easy egg and bacon, or the Biscuit Belly spin on a Hot Brown ($11) featuring house smoked turkey, smoked gouda mornay, bacon, roasted tomato on a damn good biscuit. Other favorites include the Biscuit Belly ($12), a crispy pork belly, braised greens, and hot sauce syrup. To heat up your morning, try the Fire in Your Belly ($10), fried chicken, Nashville hot aioli, Pop's pickles, and Kenny's Cheddar, go with the hot spice level if you dare. The Love Shack ($8) is a sweet option with brie, smoked honey, berry jam, and candied pecans. For those who are still weighed down at home, try the Mama’s Boy ($10), fried chicken, roasted jalapeño pimento cheese, Pop’s pickles, and a fried green tomato. It is never too early to start with dessert, go with the S’mores ($8), an open-faced biscuit, toasted marshmallow, graham crumbles, and chocolate gravy. Of course, add an egg or bacon to any biscuit for $1.50 more just because you can never have too much bacon.
If biscuits are not your jam, it does beg the question why are you at the Biscuit Belly, regardless, there are several non-biscuit options including the Short Stack Pancakes ($8), with whipped cream, maple, berries and two pieces of bacon.
Biscuit Belly features plenty of coffee blends by locally owned Heine Brothers, as well as local beer options, but for the bourbon lover, don’t fret, there are several delicious breakfast cocktails to help start your day.
The Kentucky Coffee ($8), features local coffee, Four Roses bourbon, bourbon cream, chocolate porter and whipped cream. No self-respecting Kentucky restaurant would dare not offer an Old Fashioned and Biscuit Belly’s Pecan Nut Brown Old Fashioned ($9) doesn’t disappoint. Their spin on this traditional cocktail includes Four Roses bourbon, pecan nut brown beer syrup, and tasty bitters.
If bourbon isn’t your thing, really??, well, if not, Biscuit Belly offers a variety of Bloody Marys, mimosas, and other adult beverages. Of course, if you want to really spice up your Bloody Mary, ask your server to make a Bloody Manhattan with Four Roses bourbon instead of vodka. It’s what we do here in Kentucky!
Now stop letting your mouth water and get Off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visit one of the area Biscuit Belly locations. Every day they bring people together for good times and damn good biscuits.