What’s on Our Plate? It’s Biscuits and Gravy

In which our roving photographer extraordinaire makes us drool over her foodie finds

The Dish: 

The “‘Hot’ Springs” from Hillcrest Little Bakery, $10.50

The Dish on the Dish:

Ah, biscuits and gravy: so simple, so delicious, so Southern. Done right, this humble breakfast staple can rise from a mere side to the main dish of the day’s most important meal. And the recently opened Hillcrest Little Bakery in Little Rock does biscuits and gravy right, whether you like your B&G served classic with the dish’s eponymous ingredients (which the bakery calls the “Downtown”), topped with two eggs over-easy (the “Uptown”) or smothered in cheddar cheese and bacon (“The Heights”). But it’s with the “‘Hot’ Springs” that HLB truly elevates this time-honored dish. Once you dig in, you’ll find your fork full of large fluffy biscuits, rich savory gravy, shredded cheddar cheese and scrambled eggs, all served over a bed of breakfast potatoes. The “‘Hot’ Springs” pièce de résistance, however, is the delightfully spicy and perfectly crispy bits of Nashville-style hot fried chicken that tops the pile of yum before you. Is it time for brunch yet?

The Dish on How to Get The Dish:

203 N. Van Buren St., Little Rock; Monday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday; facebook.com/hillcrestlittlebakery 

Ready for seconds? Try these

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Hot Little Biscuit, $5

The name pretty much says it all, but you should know this “little” biscuit actually weighs in at 4.5 ounces of warm fluffy goodness.

Cheesecake (flavored, $7.50; topped, $6; mini, $4)

The display case at Hillcrest Little Bakery is stocked daily with a selection of fresh desserts and pastries, but if you leave without a slice of their cheesecake—the recipe of which has been in the HLB family for 60 years—you’ve made a serious mistake.