Fans of good breakfast have suffered a grave loss with the departure of The Flying Biscuit Cafe, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain, which closed its two Dallas-area locations the weekend of July 7.
The two locations were in Richardson's Restaurant Park, at 744 S. Central Expy.; and in downtown Dallas at the 1700 Pacific building.
A spokesperson for the company confirmed the closures, stating, "At this time, there are no plans to reopen the Richardson and Pacific Avenue downtown locations."
Famous for its biscuits and grits, Flying Biscuit served great-quality Southern comfort food and breakfasts, with a slightly healthy caste, featuring dishes such as oven-fried green tomato BLT, oatmeal pancakes, shrimp & grits, and pimiento cheese sandwich, in a hippie-cool, laid-back environment.
The restaurant was founded in Atlanta in 1993 and has earned national praise from outlets including Gourmet magazine and Rachael Ray.
It served breakfast all day, but with options that went beyond the usual bacon and eggs, including biscuits with eggs and gravy, turkey hash, flatiron steak with eggs, a biscuit Benedict, and a tofu scramble, with red and green peppers, onions, spinach, and mushrooms.
Their biscuits were circular and tall, with a substantial texture, sprinkled with sugar on top, and served with a house-made cranberry-apple butter.
The two locations did their best to duplicate the Austin-style atmosphere of the original Flying Biscuit in Atlanta (which is in an old house) with a funky decor, including vivid floral vinyl tablecloths — reminiscent of local chains such as Buzzbrews and Cafe Brazil, except the food was better.
But maybe that kind of spirit isn't destination-worthy for Dallas diners. Not glossy enough, maybe. Not trendy enough. Both Richardson and downtown Dallas residents have been known to kvetch online about not having enough restaurants, but neither community was able to sustain this place.
That said, Richardson Restaurant Park has had quite a bit of turnover with closures that include Tacqui and Even Stevens Sandwiches.