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Biscuit Blitz: How Does 7-Eleven’s $1 Biscuit Rank? - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Biscuit Blitz: How Does 7-Eleven’s $1 Biscuit Rank?


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Kim Davis was good and thorough during his recent tour of East Village biscuit destinations, but something occurred to us: he overlooked 7-Eleven’s $1 biscuit! We asked our trusted chowhound to swallow his pride and give it a nibble. Here’s how it stacked up against the others.

IMG_4206Lauren Carol Smith

Ninety years ago, the New York columnist O.O. McIntyre was complaining that the Bowery wasn’t what it used to be. He detected “the faint rustle of silk.” What he couldn’t have anticipated was the faint rustle of hungry bargain-hunters unwrapping hot, steamy dollar biscuits, sold at the front counter of a spanking new 7-Eleven.

A review? Well, the biscuit tasted biscuity, thanks no doubt to the “natural butter flavor” listed along with dozens of other ingredients on the wrapper. It was more soggy than dry, its texture contrasting sharply with the springiness of the pale pork patty. “Spices,” the wrapper duly noted, and in fact I found pepper flakes in the sausage, responsible for the warm after-burn in the throat.

The overall effect is of something which needs condiments; a slug of ketchup, at least. But it hails from a 130,000 square foot food commissary serving 7-Eleven stores across the region, and what do you expect for a buck? Oh, plus tax.

Here, then, is the final tally, with each biscuit dish ranked on a scale of 1 to 5.

Northern Spy Co. 5Bix

The Brindle Room 4bix

Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter 3Bix

The Cardinal 2Bix

Mama’s 1Bix

7-Eleven 1Bix

Peels  0Bix