A few months ago, several British newspapers got punked by a fake news account from Arkansas claiming a man had gone into a coma after eating 413 Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster. (That's 62,000 calories in biscuits.)
Happily for anyone wishing to make that faux record a reality at a place that's not Red Lobster, there are several excellent new biscuit places opening around the country. And if they're not quite as ubiquitous as cupcake emporiums—yet—they're still rolling, like the 24-hour biscuit-centric spot in New York City that has to keep closing because of overwhelming demand. Also, look out for Chicago as a biscuit powerhouse.
Empire Biscuit; New York
This brand-new East Village spot is trying to be open 24/7, or as the menu says, for "Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drunk." Empire offers a zillion biscuit options, from a New Orleans–style muffuletta to the You-So-Nasty (pineapple jam with Creole cream cheese) to the Fancy Pants (with foie gras butter). As befits a modern biscuit place, you can customize: Choose either a country-style or all-butter biscuit, then select one of 12 butters and spreads (such as bacon-and-cracklin' butter or pimento cheese) and one of a dozen jams, jellies and marmalades (like pumpkin pie spread, if you're thinking Thanksgiving biscuits). empirebiscuit.com