The Whiskey Biscuit opened a mere seven weeks ago in Englewood, CO, and features a whiskey bar and whiskey-inspired menu that touches on the classics mixed with edgy items that evoke a new sense of spirit in the culinary world. The Whiskey Biscuit is down the street from the only Englewood landmark I know, the Gothic Theater, in an increasingly popular area for new restaurants down on South Broadway. The concept is the brainchild of Aaron Hatle, Brian Poyner, and Al Courtney, who were previously bartenders at Wynkoop Brewing Co, and features a small, but unique menu created by Chef Jeremy Gable, formerly of Euclid Hall.
I attended a tasting brunch at The Whiskey Biscuit and was pleasantly surprised by the wide array of cocktails and diverse menu items. All menu items are reasonably priced, which is a huge draw. The food is unique and combination of your classic, southern-style favorites like biscuits and gravy meshed with new-age flavor combinations and food pairings, like the PB & J (peanut butter and jalapeno) tots. The brunch cocktail list has a variety of options for everyone, from the Bloody Mary to the sorbet mimosa. The whiskey bar is updated weekly to include new selections and there are 24 beers on tap, leaving you with plenty of libation options.
The Whiskey Biscuit’s Bloody Mary is only $5, which is awesome. I am personally sick of paying $10 for skinny-glass Bloodies consisting of only a lime wedge as the garnish and enough liquid to hydrate a Chihuahua. The Bloody itself is relatively simple unless you add the mason jar filled with a pickled egg and peppers for $2 extra (so worth it!). The Bloody Mary is made with the ever-so-classic Zing Zang mix, full of celery seed and black pepper taboot. It’s garnished with two green olives, Sweety Drop red peppers (my first time trying these-- they are adorable lil’ guys and full of flavor!), a lime wedge, a lemon wedge, and topped off with a salted rim. The cocktail was light in both texture and color, while the flavor was a tad spicy but not “hot.”
The real kicker comes in with the addition of the pickled egg mason jar. It reminds me of a sidecar of beer in a sense, but it’s a sidecar of brine! Yum. If you know me, you know I am a big fan of brine and, especially, BRINEY BLOODIES! Open the mason jar to find a delicious pickled egg, jalapeno pepper, red pepper, and onion. Eat the egg and the peppers, or toss the peppers in your Bloody. Then, after a few sips of your Bloody, pour the brine into your glass and explore the wondrous flavor that pepper brine can add to a Bloody Mary cocktail. It is truly something else and adds a unique touch to The Whiskey Biscuit’s classic Bloody.
Where do I even start! We sampled the hottest brunch and appetizer plates at The Whiskey Biscuit. We started with the tot-kabob, pickled eggs, and PB & J (peanut butter and jalapenos) tots. The tot-kabob, consisting of whiskey-glazed pork belly, homemade tater tots, caramelized pearl onions, and a drizzle of BBQ sauce, was my favorite of this spread. The flavors worked well together, while the dish was simple in itself. The PB & J tots were very unique, though I’m not the biggest peanut fan in general.
Moving onto the second spread, we had the: skillet cake, Bloody Mary benedict, grilled cheese, breakfast sammy, steak and french toast, and whiskey biscuits and gravy (their gravy is super tasty!). Each dish was really, freakin’ good. My absolute favorite was the steak and french toast, with the steak cooked to a perfect medium-rare perfectly complementing the french toast, caramelized pearl onions, and brown ale syrup. The flavors were so perfect-- this is clearly the new "in" brunch dish-- chicken and waffles is a thing of the past! I will definitely be ordering this the next time I come to The Whiskey Biscuit for brunch.
Another favorite was the Bloody Mary benedict, which was laden with a Bloody Mary-spiced hollandaise sauce atop whiskey-glazed bacon and the classic… “Whiskey Biscuit” biscuits! I also really enjoyed the skillet cake-- aka a German-style pancake served with whiskey-butter and syrup.
Lastly, we relished a rye sundae, which I’m 99.9% sure is my new favorite dessert. The rye sundae is a warm rye cake with bourbon ice cream, whiskey caramel, and whiskey-glazed bacon crumbles. It was out-of-this-world and truly represented The Whiskey Biscuit’s whiskey-themed menu.
Next time you’re looking for a unique twist on breakfast classics, head to The Whiskey Biscuit in Englewood for brunch, which is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM- 2 PM. They also serve lunch and dinner until 10 PM every day of the week. The Whiskey Biscuit is located at:
3299 South Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113