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Flying Biscuit Cafe

Flying Biscuit Cafe

You say potato, I say Hollandaise goodness

By Mike Sanford, GLOB EDITOR

FBstoreFrontThe GLOB Master has found his new favorite mealtime entrée.

Enter the Flying Biscuit breakfast all day Florentine Benedict.

Sure it is a breakfast entrée, but why not lunch?

I hate to use the Seinfeld comedy show argument here but, "Is a hot dog a sandwich?"

Then again you say 'puh-TAT-toe', and I say 'puh-RAH-toe' which I also a good defense for breakfast twice in one day.

FBmenuBRDI got lucky babe. The FB Florentine Benedict has been on the menu board for several days and I have already had it for lunch, and breakfast.

As a responsible eating professional I had the Florentine Benedict a third time without the Canadian bacon.

What an amazing amalgamation of ingredients collected for a perfect meatless, low carb lunch GLOBer:


- Canadian bacon A+

- Sauteed spinach A+

- Sundried tomatoes A+

- Hollandaise sauce A+


All served on a carb Friendly English muffin along with FB Dreamy Grits and a biscuit for a scant $10.

The friendly FB staffers are fine with substitutions so I omitted the Dreamy Grits a serving of Oven Roasted Moon Dusted potatoes. I take my potatoes plain and these spuds were crisp, crunchy on the outside, with a wonderful creamy texture inside.



Thank you Diabetes Gods for not punishing me for breaking my 'No White Foods Rule'. I understand nothing says Blood Sugar Spikes like carb loading a serving of tasty potatoes. Come On GLOBers. It's not like I eat potatoes every day. Maybe that's why these spuds were REALLY, perfectly, wonderfully delicious.



My Benedict was a Chef's masterpiece with an incredible goo-factor of Hollandaise running down all side of my breakfast/lunch entrée and onto my plate.  The spinach and tomatoes beautifully adorned my lunch with the appearance of the two veggies trying to escape their ultimate end one savory GLOB Master bite at a time.

I'm not sure if it is a fact but I have become an English Muffin fan of late trying to allay my guilt from sneaking white bread into my diet with the smaller sized, holier than most breads.

What a delightful lunch. The sharp flavor of the Hollandaise complimented nicely the textures and flavors of the spinach and tomatoes.



Did you know sun-dried tomatoes themselves are a product of the Mediterranean region, mainly southern Italy. So that the tomatoes could be used throughout the year, people would dry them out on a rooftop and then preserve them in olive oil. The drying process, they discovered, brought out an intense, sweet and tart flavor in the tomatoes, so sun drying became a widespread technique.



The extremely stacked entrée cut into individual bites of hollandaise, tomato, spinach onion, and muffin was a gastronomical smorgasbord of many different tastes and flavors.

I asked what happens when the Florentine Benedict is no longer on the Menu Board. Have no fear GLOBers. The Flying Biscuit Chef team will be happy to crate this meal time prize if all the ingredients are available.

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Breakfast all day, customer frendly staff, lunvh counter is special.

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: Busy, busy, always busy. A corproate feel to the restaurant is evident.




'Slammed cafes' result in lunch opportunity

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

FBstoreFrontIt's been right under my nose. Off of my lunchtime radar screen because the crowds of lunch outers filling up outside tables, standing, waiting in line for lunch.

That's not the GLOB Master's idea of a good start to an excellent meal. I got off to a late start this weekend morning and I knew my usual lunch stops were going to be slammed.

I opened the door to my favorite bagel shop and immediately saw the seven backs of customers waiting in line to make their meal choice. Scanning the restaurant tables most were filled with happy, conversational customer sipping coffee, reading papers, enjoying a good lunch.

FB0518VERTI turned exiting thinking I would cross the street to my favorite Deli lunch Stop. Cutting through the parking lot I realized I would be walking back for a Publix grocery visit.

This wasn't making sense this morning. I could walk directly across NW 16th Blvd. and have a Flying Biscuit lunch and drop into the Fresh Market to pick up a few things before walking home. Not real excited about the throngs of Flying Biscuit fans in line, already ahead of me I turned North to the Flying Biscuit café.

That was when I enjoyed a remarkable, AH-HA moment GLOBers. Walking in FB's front door I spied a eight-seat lunch counter I had no idea existed.

Hurrah! What Joy! An opportunity for an extraordinary noon-day meal, and breakfast find in the same visit. Plus I could add café my restaurant rotation.

Grabbing a seat at the counter it felt good to be in the lunch time driver's seat over seeing the Flying Biscuit ministrations, serving up breakfast/lunch to the hungry masses. Come on GLOBers. Did you know they the Flying Biscuit is open at 7:00 a.m. with an amazing selection of brunch entrees including a plethora of breakfast meatless entrées served all day. Of course that is over and above the usual breakfast meat protein selections.

This popular breakfast and lunch spot has a complete FB lunch menu as well a list of salads, sandwiches and the Featured Favorites list of seven interesting sounding, hearty entrees including the Coca-Cola BBQ Glazed Salmon. This entrée is pan-sautéed salmon lightly glazed and cooked to medium, served with mashed potatoes and green beans. There is a complete Flying Biscuit menu link at the bottom of this page.



Nicole Gomez the lone Flying Biscuit Server behind the counter appeared to have it all together managing the counter full of customers.

"I get it Mike," She said presenting my drink to me. "This counter service makes sense if you are in a hurry to be served," she added.

Nicole was digging her new gig having worked at the Flying Biscuit since last September. "It's fun, this is my first venture into the food service industry," Nicole said. "It's fast paced, and I have met some very interesting customers."



Since I was thinking meatless I quickly saw the Egg-Ceptional Eggs entrée in the menu that included two over medium eggs on black bean cakes, topped with oven-roasted tomatillo salsa, feta cheese, and sour cream, served with creamy dreamy grits. ($12.99).

"You can substitute a fried green tomato for the black bean cake if you," Nicole suggest. "And you have your choice of potatoes and a biscuit or toast GLOB Master/"

That sounds great," I say thinking of my plate covered with hash round potatoes a biscuit. "Deal with it Sanford," I think, no one is interested in my worn out diabetes stories.



Service was quick and Ms. Gomez served a delicious looking plate of tomatillo salsa, feta cheese delight to this ex cited customer.

I lived dangerously and chose a black bean cake, and a slice of fried tomatoes as a base for an impressive looking meal.

The tomatillo salsa was like a Christmas gift to my lunch. I made a point of including a small glob of the salsa in almost very bite. The Sour Cream topping was a good idea to make my lunch time mixture special.

The oven baked fried tomato was flavorful. The Black Bean cake, albeit slightly on the mushy side, made its flavor palette known. It was fun choosing which bite; A taste of tomato, or a taste of black bean to accompany all of the magnificent flavors of this breakfast/lunch.



Finishing the last bite of my Egg-Ceptional Eggs I noticed my plate was till half full with the potatoes and biscuit.

"My momma would slap me across the head if she saw me leave my plate half-full with such yummy looking potatoes," I said out loud to myself.

"Be a man Mike it's up to you," Nicole said. "You got to do, what you got to do."

"That was great Nicole, I'm coming back, see you soon," I said feeling quite smug about my restaurant rotation addition. What a fabulous restaurant find hiding away a nine minute walk from my front door.

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Serves Breakfast all day, multiple meatless choice, seven hearty FEATURED FAVORITE hot meal plates.

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: Way crowded all the time. Be prepared for a long lunch, unless you sit at the counter with customer friendly Nicole Gomez.




FB experience falls flat on busy brunch day

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

FBstoreFrontThere have been a few disappointments that have unraveled this past year in Gatorland, specifically on the food front. Yes, the Gator football team has left much to be desired, but I digress. The true reason behind my woes involves perfectly good — great, in fact — brunch dining establishments closing their doors. I found a cozy, scenically-located brunch stop that never failed in Sisters, which even satisfied my breakfast-fare-picky friend, but alas it has closed once more (perhaps indicating it might reopen one day...). The Jones Eastside was another go-to brunch stop when any relative, friend, or Eastside newbie was hungry for some delicious, local eats, but this favored stop has closed to combine with its less-attractive, disappointing counterpart, Jones B-Side.

The closing of these two favorite local joints for the best meal of the day indicates all good things must come to an end — at least I'll keep reminding myself that this must be the reason. In any event, I have been on the hunt for a worthy counterpart to fill my brunch-time void. Leonardo's 706 Sunday brunch is absolutely fantastic, but a tad pricier then a casual Sunday may allow. I've heard endless chatter about Flying Biscuit located on 43rd and 16th in the Fresh Market plaza, and I finally had to give it a try. To many of your disbelief, it has taken four years in Gainesville for me to try this highly recommended all-day breakfast spot.



I think my first mistake was choosing to dine at the café on a, as of late, absolutely beautiful October Saturday. The café is located in a pretty bustling weekend spot as it was, but the wait to get a seat stayed consistent. Whether an early bird diner or a snooze-button, late brunch goer, at no time between 7 am and 4 pm was FB immune to a line of hungry patrons waiting before you. At 2 pm, we were looking at a 30-minute wait, and I have heard plenty of friends complain about long waits at a myriad of times. Is this place truly worth the hype?



I feel the need to preface my experience with the fact that I was ravenous by the time we were finally seated, not having had a morsel of food prior to arrival. By the time we were seated, I was practically ready to eat the menu. However, I was adamant to not let this cloud my healthier eating judgment, and I opted for the omelet side of the extremely extensive menu. There did seem to be something for everyone I have to admit, with more omelet choices than my impatient stomach could handle. Alas, I settled on the southern omelet option (at top) with shrimp, crab, cheese, collard greens, onion, and I opted for no red/green peppers (note: this item is not on the online menu for some reason). I had to make sure it came with a biscuit, as that is probably one of my favorite parts of a southern-style meal, in addition to bacon and the "creamy dreamy" grits I've heard so much about. Thomas, my omelet-loving friend, selected the Piedmont Omelet with chicken sausage, turkey bacon, onions, cheese, and he added in red/green peppers, in addition to a side of "moon dusted" potatoes.

I was a little displeased to see the omelet a tad on the over-cooked side, but it was huge and I could not abstain from diving in. The best part was the gooey cheese oozing over the hearty helping of collards and large chunks of shrimp folded in. I opted out of the red/green peppers that typically come with the omelet, and I'm glad I did, as I feel they give a more southwestern feel as opposed to the down-home, southern approach I was searching for. The crab was not as present as the shrimp, but all of the flavors, including the onions, which happily only made a subtle appearance, satiated my hungry belly.



On to the sides: The bacon was cooked just to my liking, the right balance of crispy and chewy. The biscuit, while I can never turn one down, was not quite what I had hoped. I had to scrape off all of the sugar from the top of it, as I prefer a more savory over sweet approach although I'm sure it was placed as a backdrop for their apple butter. I felt the butter was a tad too sweet. Thomas' potatoes were certainly tasty, but I attribute that fully to the rosemary generously speckled across them, without which it would have been a very standard breakfast potato helping. In terms of the grits, Thomas and I agreed they were a little too creamy, creating a bowl of mush rather than the fluffier, yet still creamy grits I prefer. I have tried grits at over 10 establishments in Gainesville, and these were still in the top five at least for flavor. Also, I opted for an iced soy chai, which was quite delicious although I don't want to know how much sugar it took to create the rounded flavor.

Overall, this was a pretty standard brunch experience. I know I only had an omelet, and perhaps I should have chosen an eggs benedict dish that might have demonstrated an FB-unique flavor, so to speak. I was not displeased with my experience, but nothing stood out in my head to make me think this is the new "it" spot. The service was good, and the number of tables was many and they were crammed in to make as much room as possible, but Thomas and I agreed this was just another brunch on a beautiful day. I'm sure the lines will still be long, so my advice is to call ahead if you want to check it out!

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Something for everyone, breakfast all day, lunch options also, open 7 days a week, central location, standard prices

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: Not local, very run-of-the-mill, long waits.

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about the Flying Biscuit Cafe.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!


Ordering hint: The F B is a breakfast house

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

A friend of mine once said buying lunch at a breakfast house was like drinking beer at a winery.

So I was torn with the lunch decision facing me at the Flying Biscuit Cafe on NW 16th Blvd, but I've eaten breakfast many times at lunch. Fried eggs, omelets, quiche can make for a different kind of lunch adventure.

flyingbiscuitmenuboardThere has been a lot of buzz about this new breakfast house the last few months. It could be the real estate adage of location, location, location, since the Flying Biscuit is conveniently nestled in a sea of NW neighborhoods. maybe it's the popularity of breakfast places, it works for I-HOP. Shoot, it could the Flying Biscuit Cafe is serving up some delicious food.

Long-time friend Jane Medley and I made it to the Flying Biscuit just before noon. Fortunately for us a table opened up as we walked into the cafe. The breakfast cafe was filled inside and outside with hungry customers. I'm glad we didn't have to sit at one of the many outside tables because it was getting kinda warm for lunch on their sidewalk patio.

Once inside with menu in hand it appeared that the Flying Biscuit franchise, which started in Atlanta, Georgia, had done a nice job of imparting southern charm into the decor and the menu.

I was set for some of the Biscuit's dreamy grits and a giant egg scramble when I noticed the: Fried Green Tomato BLT, with crisp turkey bacon, fried green tomatoes, lettuce, cashew-jalapeno relish, and goat cheese served on a whole wheat bun.

Fbiscuit600I opted for the FB special BLT. Bacon is a breakfast item, correct?

Jane disregarded my breakfast-at-lunch angst and ordered the: Black Bean Quesadilla with refried black beans and white cheddar cheese folded in a flour tortilla, topped with sour cream, and chipotle sauce. Jane added some salsa to round out her Mexican lunch.

The Flying Biscuit has done a good job of creating a southern style list of side items, including southern roasted moon dusted potatoes and a mac & cheese side dish they call Grilled Mac & Cheese. Other sides are collard greens, green beans, and pudge. Pudge is an old, southern family recipe for garlic and basil mashed potatoes.

I am a mac 'n cheese guy. I could eat this concoction every day. ( I cook up a mean dish of a special recipe called Upscale Mac 'n Cheese that makes me the star chef every time I cook it for friends. It's so good I can't help sharing it: .)

Meanwhile, Jane wanted to try the roasted potatoes, so we decided to share our lunches with each other -- small bites mind you -- to find out what all the Flying Biscuit buzz was all about.

I have heard that service can be sub-par during busy times at the FB. We must have caught them just right, because the staff was attentive to our needs and very helpful to our making up our lunch time minds.

When our lunch arrived, the server presented us with a lot of calories.

Jane was taking photos of our lunch as I sized up the noon time meal that filled the top our small cafe size table.

Fbiscuit1With a flair only a talented graphic designer could conjure up, Jane decided her quesadilla looked naked and painted the tortilla wedges with strips of sour cream, salsa, and chipotle goodness (photo right).

A point goes to Jane's plate for presentation.

Especially relative to my order. The BLT looked unremarkable on my plate, with a flattened mac 'n cheese concoction that appeared to have been sliced off a giant slab of mac 'n cheese.

I had high expectations about my BLT. Unfortunately my expectations were not met in that the fried green tomatoes were not freshly cooked, the bacon was not crispy, and the whole wheat bun that enveloped my sandwich was dense, not toasted and uninspiring.  The feta cheese did add a nice sharp flavor to my sandwich.

flyingbiscuitJane and I traded some of our lunches, and I got to try her black bean quesadilla. The sauces Jane added were a nice addition. Jane created a flavor bonanza with spicy black beans mixed with white, red and green sauces.

Another point to Jane for the taste of her entree.

The side items of roasted, dusted potatoes and grilled mac 'n cheese, we felt, were similar in unique presentations, but both had a flavor problems: My slice of mac 'n cheese didn't work for me. The seeming absence of any noticeable pasta in this overcooked dish was disappointing. The supposedly multiple flavors contained in Jane's roasted potatoes were not apparent.

I made a bad choice with the BLT for a lunch entree, but there were some other lunch entrees that certainly looked deserving of serious attention on a future visit.

Then again, this is a breakfast house, and I think ordering breakfast is what this place is all about.


Even on a thoroughly unremarkable Thursday, the Flying Biscuit Café is busy with many of the tables full both inside and outside on the patio. Waiting on a friend while I was perusing the menu, I noticed the Biscuit had a good number of meatless entrees on their lunch menu. The one that caught my eye was the FB Devil Burger. According to the menu, The Devil Burger is:  "Spicy and hot! Veggie and grain patty topped with feta cheese, red onions, smoky jalapeno sauce, lettuce, and tomato." My thought was that any meatless veggie patty with ingredients that add some spice is worth my attention. The sandwich was good. The same old issue I have with the meatless world is how to give veggie patties a little more personality. After a good first bite of The Devil, I liked the flavors of the feta cheese and peppers combined with the crunchy of the lettuce, combined with the cool taste of the tomato. The veggie and grain patty offered very little to this tasty sandwich other than a mushy back drop for the other ingredients. I added some hot sauce from the table and--Voila!--I discovered The Devil that was mentioned on the menu. I don't know who invented the first bottle of hot-pepper-sauce-that-goes-on-everything but this meatless Monday I was praising its culinary magic.

- GLOB Master

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Breakfast all day. the black bean quesadilla is worth your consideration.

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: The pre-prepared food items were disappointing.

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about the Flying Biscuit Cafe.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS! 

Last modified onMonday, 18 February 2019 23:01

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 373-9500
  • Address: 4150 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: NW 16th Avenue
  • Latitude: 29.6732513
  • Longitude: -82.3869666
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    Melissa Monday, 03 November 2014 10:07 Comment Link

    Thank you, alison, for the comment! I by no means dislike Flying Biscuit, but I do agree that the wait times were a bit much for what I consider a mediocre breakfast/lunch experience. Although, I now have cravings for their iced chai tea.

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    alison Saturday, 01 November 2014 11:01 Comment Link

    Loved Melissa's Flying Biscuit write up. Right on the mark. It stuns me that people will stand in line 30 minutes to eat pedestrian food. I have visited 5 times (about 4 years ago) and will never go back. What is with the sugar all over the biscuits? Service has always been 'good enough' Gainesville is sorely in need of a good breakfast house.

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    biscuit queen Tuesday, 03 June 2014 14:49 Comment Link

    If you haven't been to the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Gainesville recently, they have added several new menu items such as The Crab Cake Benedict, Lowcountry Omelette, Steak Omelette, and Deep South Huevos Rancheros just to name a few. These are definitely worth checking out. And don't forget about their call-ahead seating on the weekends as they will be busy!

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    CamoGirl Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:55 Comment Link

    I love the Flying Biscuit. I sure wish the Archer Rd side of town had a Flying Biscuit. I could eat my weight in their biscuits, apple butter and their creamy dreamy grits. Delicious food. Mr GLOBer, thank you so much for posting comments and experiences with your fellow GLOBs on this website. Enjoy reading them daily.

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    Dear Mike: I write from Baltimore where I am still dreaming of the Flying Biscuit and the great brunch I had there when I visited Hogtown this summer. BTW the biscuits there and the homemade cranberry/apple butter is outta this world. Ditto the grits and fried green tomatoes. Now, if they could only get a crabcake on that menu ...

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