Biscuits & Buns on Banks (#296, 4/13/14) – 70
Living in a new neighborhood means I probably have to find a new go-to breakfast joint, so I tried Biscuits & Buns on Banks. It was a good stop for sure. Solid food, a bit of a wait and a little pricey, but I recommend it.
Starting with the wait. It’s a small place, maybe 8-10 tables, so you’re going to have to wait if you go for breakfast/brunch on a weekend. Just the nature of weekend breakfast in New Orleans (except for Pepperoni’s usually). But once you get inside, they take care of you quickly and the food comes quickly. I’ll group this all in service, for which the only real negative I saw was a low-personality waitress, which could be attributed to it being about noon on a Sunday and she had probably been going for a while. The owner/manager was also bouncing around and she was very friendly. Out of 20 for service, I’ll give it a 16.
The atmosphere was also good. It was a fun little breakfast joint. While waiting, you can stand outside or sit if the bench is available. In addition, if you want something to take the edge off the night before, you can wander to Banks Street Bar next door and go for a bloody mary – they will call your mobile when your table is ready. Once inside, the thing that jumped at me was that it is very clean! You walk through the kitchen to get to the tables and you can see everything and it looked spotless, which is impressive following a full Sunday morning. I’m giving it a 24 out of 30 for atmosphere.
The food was also excellent. I just had an omelet but it was very well done with excellent sliced sausage links and plenty of cheese. The breakfast potatoes needed something extra, not much taste there. I haven’t been able to find a menu online, but they had a wide-range of much-heavier dishes and some interesting variety. If you’re looking for some fun, different breakfast options, I think you can find them here. And as far as its namesake…the biscuits were okay. As someone commented to me, “Uh oh, that’s not good.” But they weren’t bad, just not really anything sensational, maybe a little dry, as biscuits often tend to be. Anyway, for food, I’ll give it a 30.
Final score = 70.