There are plenty of reasons for hungry or thirsty shoppers to stop by Union at Biltmore Fashion Park these days. For one, there's Short Leash Short Lease, the months-long pop-up from local food truck Short Leash Hot Dogs. Plus, there's Juicd Life, the relatively new juice bar that serves cold-pressed and made-to-order juices.
And though it's rather small and easy to miss, there's also a small outlet of Royal Coffee Bar. The tiny coffee shop -- really it's more of a coffee counter -- serves all the usual caffeinated options and stocks locally made Rise Biscuit Co. biscuits on a daily basis.
If you're smart, you'll make time to try one soon.
Rise Biscuit Co. comes courtesy of mother-daughter duo Kay Allison and Janet Van Hofwegen, who bake biscuits daily. The menu options are short but sweet: a buttermilk biscuit with honey or jam or a gluten-free biscuit with honey or jam. Both will cost you under $4, and you can add on an extra stick of honey for an additional quarter.
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You don't really need to, though, because too much honey would mean missing out on some of the flavor of the biscuits themselves. These aren't the super-buttery kind that leave a film in your mouth. These biscuits offer fluffy layers of dough that make for a surprisingly filling snack. They're dense and offer a nice, slightly browned exterior.
We're pretty sure they'd be perfect for biscuits and gravy but do well enough with a simple spread of local honey or jam. And along with a cup of coffee or tea, these make for a perfect afternoon treat.