[shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="14875870"]I am what some may call a high anxiety person. Large groups, people I don't know, last minute changes to a plan, running late, new places where I don't know "the situation" -- these are all things that cause me great stress. You can imagine how I feel about large groups of people I don't know lining King Street to get into a shop that is filled with even more people and no discernable seating area.
This is why I had never been to Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. On a Saturday morning from the outside, it looks painful. Crowded. Stressful. I'd been dying to go there, but every time I'd attempted it was just packed. Then I found myself downtown on a Friday morning, with on-street parking galore, and not a single person queued up outside the tiny King Street storefront.
I opened the front door that takes up half of the width of the entire shop and walked into the bright white glory of only two other customers at Callie's. The foyer is really all there is to the little place, which explains why the line stretches down the street on the weekends. There's a cooler where you can buy their retail biscuits, pimento cheese, and a few other treats, with a small counter on the opposite wall where you can enjoy your breakfast if the place isn't bursting with other people.
It's clean, bright, and dare I say, serene. It feels like a neighborhood joint, where the cashier personally greets everyone who walks in. As I approached the counter, I admitted I'd never been there and asked for a recommendation. I went for the baker's dozen ( two of everything, plus one bonus biscuit ), and one of the specials: Bell's Sausage from The Glass Onion, Fried Egg, Cheese, and Fiery Pimento Cheese on a biscuit. Not exactly health food, but I was in full recovery mode from my company's annual Oktoberfest party the night before, and figured my team would appreciate a little snack upon my arrival in the office, too.
After a short wait ( this is real food, after all, and not a fast food joint ), a bag of deliciously warm packaged treats was handed across the counter to me, along with a warm smile and a friendly wish that I loved everything and had a great day. Even after making the drive to my Daniel Island office, the biscuits were perfectly warm, tender, flakey, and delicious. The special Sausage Biscuit's fried egg was cooked to perfection -- with a warmed-through but slightly runny yolk, and the fiery pimento cheese was just fiery enough to give it all some kick without burning my insides.
The Baker's Dozen's contents are worth calling out specifically, and is the best way to get a taste of what Callie's has to offer:
- Cheese and Chive
- Black Pepper Bacon
I did not get to try all of the different flavors, but my coworkers went crazy for them. They were all great, but the overall winners seemed to be the Black Pepper Bacon and the Cinnamon.
Stressfully busy during the weekend, but blissfully quiet and small-town during the week. Callie's has to-die-for biscuits with great, friendly service.
Whatever is the special of the day, Cinnamon Biscuit, Black Pepper Bacon Biscuit.
French Pressed Coffee
476 1/2 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Metered parking on King Street.