The Flying Biscuit is a Southern restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods, notably biscuits. Atlanta is the chain’s home base, but there are also locations in North Carolina. The Flying Biscuit does have several healthy menu options, but many of its traditional offerings are high in saturated fat and sodium.
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Biscuits: Pros and Cons
Fresh-baked biscuits are The Flying Biscuit’s trademark menu item. The restaurant’s regular biscuits are made with refined white flour and butter or shortening, meaning they’re relatively high in saturated fat and low in dietary fiber. However, in an effort to provide healthier options, the restaurant also offers biscuits made with whole-wheat flour, which are a more wholesome alternative. Whole-wheat flour has nearly four times the amount of fiber as all-purpose, and it’s also higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.
Best Breakfast Choices
The Flying Biscuit serves breakfast all day, offering egg combination plates as well as scrambles and baked items. Almost all egg dishes come with a 1-cup side serving of grits, which contains more than one-third the recommended daily limit for saturated fat and almost one-quarter the recommended daily limit for sodium. Healthier options, such as a veggie scramble and organic whole-grain pancakes, are served with fresh fruit or fruit compote, which you may order as a substitution for grits. A side salad is another healthy grits substitute, and if you’re watching your fat intake, you can substitute egg whites for whole eggs.
Veggies and fruits do feature prominently in many of the Flying Biscuit’s lunch options. All sandwiches come on a whole-wheat bun and with a choice of several sides, the healthiest options of which are a side salad, green beans or collard greens. The vegetarian sandwiches, including a tofu wrap and a veggie burger, are more nutritious choices than the cheese and meat sandwiches. In salads, choose a vinaigrette or oil-based dressing on the side, rather than a cream-based dressing, and go with a dish that has more veggies than meats to keep your saturated fat intake low.
Vegetarian and pescetarian entrees also snag the honors of healthiest options in the Flying Biscuit’s array of featured menu items. The vegetarian “love cakes,” which are served with veggies and salad, have few high-fat ingredients, and the blackened tilapia offers healthy fats and vitamins and minerals in its side of collard greens. Avoid creamy or fried entrees or those served with gravy, like the pot pie, pot roast and fried chicken.