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Best Biscuits in the U.S.: Pine State Biscuits
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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

The Buttered Biscuit; Chicago
"Farm-to-table waffle house" is the mission statement for this opening-soon diner in the kitschy Ohio House Motel. Look out for every iteration of biscuit you've ever dreamed of, from the ubiquitous fried chicken biscuit sandwich to a slew of bacon, eggs, sausage, gravy and biscuit combos to—maybe, just maybe—a black velvet dessert biscuit. There's also an ingenious breakfast salad in the works: bacon and eggs with hot sauce vinaigrette and biscuit croutons. 253-826-6099

Bang Bang Pie Shop; Chicago
Bang Bang is renowned for its pies, but now it's focusing on its fantastic sour cream–based Midwestern-style biscuits (at F&W, we say they're some of the best in the country). The new biscuit sandwich menu includes the Ham Biscuit with a poached egg, pimento cheese, pepper jelly and grits; and the Sausage Biscuit (which, they say, is "rendering the McMuffin obsolete") featuring a poached egg, sausage, gravy and Concord grape jelly. bangbangpie.com

Pine State Biscuit; Portland, OR
Biscuit lovers' hearts were broken when this Portland spot closed its Belmont Street location earlier this year. But Pine State's other spots are going strong, and in early 2014, a new location opens on Division Street. Pine State is legendary for its crazy biscuit sandwiches like The Wedgie (fried chicken, fried green tomato, iceberg lettuce and blue cheese dressing), as well as biscuits and gravy. (The Moneyball is a biscuit and gravy, topped with an over-easy egg; for $1 more you can Double Down with another egg.) pinestatebiscuits.com

Maple Street Biscuit Company; Jacksonville, FL
Last summer Maple Street opened its second biscuit-centric location in Jacksonville. The menu features more than a dozen signature sandwiches like Squawk on the Street (fried chicken and house-made pepper jelly) and the Blues Biscuit (pulled pork, house-made slaw and barbecue sauce). If you're trying to carbo and/or cholesterol load, you can get an order of five-cheese mac and cheese with cheese cracker crust on the side. maplestreetbiscuits.com

Biscuit Head; Asheville, NC
This new breakfast and brunch café works hard to be ultra eco-friendly: The goal is to make everything either compostable or recyclable. You can substitute meat products with seitan sausage, at no extra charge. Biscuit Head's menu options include the Black Eyed Pea Biscuit (posole, black-eyed pea cakes, poached eggs and green chile hollandaise); the Benedict Biscuit (mortadella, poached eggs and hollandaise); and the Brisket Biscuit (brisket, pickled onion, smoked goat cheese, egg and barbecue hollandaise). Because Biscuit Head is also dietary-restriction friendly, you can get any of these on a gluten-free biscuit for an extra dollar. biscuitheads.com