I am prejudice. Yep, I admit it. Having grown up working in high school and college at a Greek-owned pancake house, I felt the only place you could get a REALLY good breakfast was at a diner or restaurant owned by Greeks. I like a good bowl of grits, real butter and every now and then splurge and have a big, greasy plate of bacon.
When my husband suggested we go to Smith Street Diner in Greensboro, NC for breakfast I agreed to go, of course with a closed mind. I would get my usual egg white omelette, whole wheat toast and fruit. Their logo reads "Open 8 days a week." Cute. Upon walking in, I immediately got the feel that this place was the real deal! It was very busy and when I started stalking peoples plates to see what the food looked like, I noticed biscuits the size of soup bowls!! Holy smoke, what was this place?
The menu was a blend of southern and good ole fashioned american food. I narrowed my choice down to 2 eggs, HOMEMADE corned beef hash, grits and yes, the biscuit. At the last minute I ordered orange juice and it's a good thing I did as it was fresh squeezed (over at the cash register you can watch the machine squeeze the oranges into the glass!)
I lined my butter up and waited. They were very busy, but the food did not take long to come. And there it was...the biscuit!! Because it was so big, I thought it was going to also be heavy. I am not sure how they make them but it literally was as light as a crescent roll. I lathered that thing up with butter, glopped my corned beef hash with catsup and topped the grits off with salt. I crushed it all and then washed it down with the fresh squeezed orange juice. It truly was the best traditional breakfast I have ever had. Did I mention it was only $6.95??!!!
If you live in or near Greensboro or you happen to be in town, you must make the trip to Smith Street Diner. You will not be disappointed.
I may have to rethink my prejudices now.
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